Online Shopping

@ossie16d (11827)
Australia
October 30, 2006 10:26am CST
Do you buy things online? What sort of things do you buy? How do you pay for them? Have you ever had problems buying things online? The only "shopping" I have ever done online is when I used to buy through eBay and mostly it was good with the occassional hiccup of course. Please share your experiences with us.
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@rosebug23 (1909)
• Australia
17 Nov 06
computer - Animated computer has face and is typing with arms
I but somethings on line like flowers for family and friend interstate,i always buy my airline tickets on line and i have used Ebay often. When i lived in Melbourne Au i used to buy all my tickets to shows on line .My son has bought cars online also,actually the whole family quite often purchase things online .We have all sold cars and other items on Ebay,we have never had a bad experience yet just a few minor delays and the like
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
17 Nov 06
It sounds like you have done a bit of online shopping without any major hiccups. Thanks for your contribution to the discussion. :) I see that you are another Aussie, so where do you live now?
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@mystikel (577)
• Australia
10 Feb 07
I have bought a few things online, travel tickets, concert tickets, motel accomodation, heaps on ebay of course :) Have recently bought some lavender products and waiting delivery, bought things through email cash reward partners. so far I havent had any bad experiences
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
12 Feb 07
It is good that you have had no problems with your online shopping mystikel. Are the lavender products you are waiting for coming from Coonawarra Lavender or another supplies? :)
@caribe (2465)
• United States
21 Nov 06
Since I moved to Nicaragua I don't buy anything online. But when I was in the U.S. I bought bed linens online (I could get better quality at a lower price). I also bought books, jewelry, computer, and various other things. The only thing that I ever bought that was a fraud was also the biggest thing I ever bought on line, a flat panel TV. I used Paypal to pay for it and they recovered all but about $80 of my money. I kind of stopped after that unless it was someone I had previously had dealings with online.
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
22 Nov 06
It can be a bit off putting when someone steals your money when you buy online. One of the good things about Paypal is that at least you can recover some of your money. Thanks for responding. :)
@carmat (2850)
• Canada
16 Nov 06
The only things ever bought online was some of my husbands nascar collectables other than that I hit the malls.
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
17 Nov 06
There are a lot of people who prefer to shop in person, so they can get the "feel" of things. Thank you very much for your contribution to the discussion. :)
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@firelight (1858)
• Australia
13 Nov 06
I do quite a bit of online shopping, I find it's the best way to find the best deal without wasting time and money on petrol.
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
15 Nov 06
There are some good things to be said about online shopping, and it sounds like you have had no bad experiences with it. Thank you for your contribution tot he discussion. :)
@juicemilk (2286)
• Australia
5 Nov 06
I love online shopping! I think I like it too much lol I tend to get bored at work sometimes and get distracted by shopping hehe I've never had any bad experiences yet, I use eBay a bit, and I use some other sites to buy books, dvds and perfumes. It's always good for christmas shopping :) I se my credit card for purchases, but only use well known sites and also like to make sure they have that padlock thing in the corner which means they protect your details
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
5 Nov 06
I am glad that you have lots of positive experiences shopping online. It is better to use secure sites (those with the padlock) as they are supposed to be secure and safe. Thanks very much for your contribution to the discussion. :)
@navinshan (3940)
• Canada
2 Nov 06
shopping - have fun
I don't mind sharing my some of the best experience of buying online, which have been really worth to me and saved a lot of mine and efforts, I generally buy gift & choclates for my loved ones who re there in the india,link below is http://www.giftsflowerstoindia.com/chocolates.php I also a freequent member of the famous digital photo printing wesite, were the prices for ur snaps taken on 35mm roll or digital camera can be uploaded to their site, and then pay the may be 3$ for printing of 25 photos and then u re shipped in 1- 2 business days, the link below http://www.snapfish.com/login/pns/youraccount/otsc=SYE/otsi=ROCF I am also a member of ebay, so i would conclude that u should pick the best online shopping service to make the best of it.
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
3 Nov 06
Thanks for a great reply and for sharing details of some good sites with the rest of us. It was good to note that you have had no problems when shopping on line. Thank you for your contribution to the discussion. :)
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
4 Nov 06
Smiley Computer - Smiley on Commputer, with Ebay sign
I buy a lot of thing on line, I buy a lot from Ebay and Emailcash, I have never had any problems...touch wood...I just think it is a very convient way to buy and when your parcel arrives it is like Christmas...
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
4 Nov 06
I use eBay sometimes and also emailcash is a great way to earn that little bit of extra money by buying things through their partner sites. Thank you for your contribution to the discussion. :)
@juicemilk (2286)
• Australia
5 Nov 06
woohoo for emailcash :) I love using the reward partners for christmas presents
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
5 Nov 06
I think that a considerable lot of Aussies use emailcash rewards for their shopping juicemilk, or at least those who shop online. Thanks for the comment and reminder. :)
@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
20 Nov 06
I've bought lots of things - books, make up, perfume, jewellery (not the GOOD stuff!), book labels, and hubby has bought lots of things on ebay - he's a collector of Superman memorabilia. Also he's bought USB sticks for the PC. Must be other stuff too!
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
22 Nov 06
Thanks for responding to the discussion Bunny and it sounds like you have had lots of positive experience buying online. Have you sold anything online or only been a buyer at this time? I have given you best response for this discussion. :)
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
24 Nov 06
Oh wow, thanks for that :) I've never sold anything - only bought (even today a book arrived from Amazon :) ) We did list one thing on eBay but it didn't sell. I think that could be just as addictive if we had sold!!
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
5 Nov 06
For most things, I like to touch them and see them first. But I've bought concert tickets, plane tickets, and other such things online. My husband got his prescription swim goggles online - they were cheaper that way. We have a separate credit card with a fairly low limit for online purchases, and I'm careful not to give out bank information.
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
5 Nov 06
I like the idea of a separate credit card with a low limit because at least that way you have a bit more peace of mind. Thanks for your contribution to the discussion. :)
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
7 Nov 06
I have given you a positive (+) rating for your response to this discussion. :)
@caramello (4381)
• Australia
9 Feb 07
As I sit here at this early hour of the morning (cannot sleep) I am trying not to venture into e-bay as I want to be good! lol
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
12 Feb 07
That can be a trap sometimes caramello, nothing much to do so we just go for a look, and end up with something that we could have managed quite well without. :)
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
9 Feb 07
Not me .... but my partner has in the past .... she had a couple of bad experiences so now only buys from those that she knows and trusts. It can be a problem sometimes giving our personal information over the internet .... no matter how good anti-virus, spyware protection is etc. She got a separate credit card from the bank with a limit of just $1000 ..... and now uses that for online shopping. That way if she is scammed .... they won't get too much which is more than most people who have been scammed can say. Buying over the internet can be good and fun and cheap .... if you take care not to get scammed that is.
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
9 Feb 07
A good idea to have a separate credit card to use when buying over the internet, and I note that some earlier respondents had said the same actually. There are sometimes bargains to be had if you do shop online, but of course you must take the postage costs into consideration which your partner is probably well aware of. :)
• Australia
20 Nov 06
hey, yes i have done alot of online shopping before. i find more of a variety. thanks heaps have a great day..
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
22 Nov 06
Sounds like nothing negative with online shopping for you shelbistar. Thanks for contributing to the discussion. :)
@ChewySpree (1832)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I have purchased many things online, mostly from Amazon (using my Visa) and eBay (using Paypal). I have never had a problem. I always buy from established and reputable sites, though.
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
3 Nov 06
I think that is the main thing, i.e. you have to buy from reputable and established sites plus they should have security system so personal details cannot be compromised. Thank you for your contribution to the discussion. :)
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@atisurbi (159)
• United States
15 Nov 06
online business is the next BIG thing.. .everybody should be aware of online shopping. In the US, its a must to shop online.
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
16 Nov 06
Thank you. :)
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
16 Nov 06
Thank you. :)
@ishqvishq (1023)
• India
15 Nov 06
NO I DON'T LIKE TO BUY ONLINE ANY THING
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
16 Nov 06
Is there any special reason why you don't buy online or just a preference to do your shopping personally? Thanks for contribution to the discussion. :)
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
16 Nov 06
Is there any special reason why you don't buy online or just a preference to do your shopping personally? Thanks for contribution to the discussion. :)
@melody1011 (1664)
• India
3 Nov 06
I buy things from eBay all the time. It is my favourite site for shopping and checking out prices online. However i have had a bad experience now wherein i have paid for a product but not yet recieved it and no matter how much i try to contact the buyer does not respond. But i hope ebay will solve this problem for me soon.
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
3 Nov 06
I do hope that the matter is resolved with eBay and know how you feel because I had one seller who did that to me. I spent ages chasing her up, several emails and even phoned her but despite repeated promises that the item would be sent, it never came. Then I reported her to eBay, so she left me a negative feedback - the only one I ever got and at that time eBay wouldn't cancel it although they have since changed the rules on that. And I never got my item although eBay did reimburse me some of the costs, as I had paid via Paypal. Thanks for your contribution to the discussion. :)
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
6 Nov 06
I hope that by now things have moved forward and you are closer to getting this resolved, i.e. either you have received the product or have your money back.
@sunita64 (6473)
• India
15 Feb 07
For quite sometime I am planning to buy online, but the whole problem is shipment charges are costlier than the cost of items I want to buy, so that doubles up the prize and everytime I end up buying nothing.
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
16 Feb 07
Yes postage can often be a bit of a problem when buying online and you are right to check the cost of that first. There is no point buying online if it costs you more than it would by shopping locally. Thanks for responding to the discussion. :)
• Canada
10 Feb 07
i buy through ebay mostly which i pay with paypal and i find that i've never had a bad experience with that. . . i have bought a book through biblio.com. . . you can buy used books there for a great discount. . .i payed for this with paypal as well. .. i received the book within a week
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
12 Feb 07
It is good to read that you have had no problems either with buying through eBay or biblio, and also that you can use paypal to pay for things. That certainly makes it a lot easier plus it does give some measure of protection should the item not arrive. :)
@Geminigirl (1909)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I shop for everything that I possibly can online. I love the convenience of choosing things without a salesperson bothering me, or being in a crowded store. I have used Ebay, amazon, overstock and many other online stores. I can't think of one truly horrible experience that I have had. I usually just use pay pal if possible. If shipping is too high, then I will generally go to the sotre then. But if it is reasonable, like at overstock, then I will order online verses going to a store any day!
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
12 Feb 07
It does sound like you have it all organised Geminigirl with regard to shopping online. Yes there are times when it is good not to be bothered by salespeople, but I find that more and more these days they are actually not at all interested in the client/customer. :)