Pros and Cons on buying at the Internet
July 21, 2011 11:01am CST
I currently reside in a 3rd world country, and buying in the internet is a big question here.. like do you really get your package on time?, are you scammed on your 1st purchase?, is your item genuine?, and many more. I joined MyLot in order to save $20 to buy something over the internet, which I so needed, but my parents wouldn't even give me a credit card, so I'm asking you guys for the pros and cons on internet buying, as you can see.. $20 is a huge amount for me(still saving $19.88 to go.. :P)
• United States
21 Jul 11
Pros: 1.you can shop from the comfort of your home. 2.you have lots of time browsing and comparing the product from other sites before you buy. 3.you avoid the traffic in going to the mall. Cons: 1.you dont know if the product in the picture is the same in person.sometimes, it looks nice in the picture. 2.you have to pay shipping cost and tax which is way higher than your purchase. 3.once you got the product and you dont like it for any other reasons, you'll have to pay the return shipping. I used to buy clothes from the internet but i stop it coz some of the stuff i see in the site, it doesnt fit though its my size and some are just doesnt meet my expectations.
22 Jul 11
There are a lot of scammers out there so better buy from a reputable seller. If you buy from ebay, check the reviews on that person or better yet, buy from a powerseller. Definitely they're safe to transact with. Always check the feedback on that seller. Communicate with the seller as much as you can to find out. During my first transactions online, i never bought from someone without any feedback at all. I also check how long the website has been existing. If it's new i find it questionable. I only buy items that i know would really be useful for me. Shoe sizes, i check them out first offline and then order online when i know it would fit me. I'm always a size small when it comes to clothes and swimwear. I have bought a cellphone once and a psp online but like i said we do check the feedback and reviews first. I have never been scammed at all. Good luck!
22 Jul 11
what do you mean by power seller?.. i'm new at this stuff.. i heard that the trusted sites were ebay, amazon, and apple.. so i should first know the background of the person whom i want to buy the item with?.. Ok.. will do that.. thank you for that advice.. Im bothered by what you said "i check them out first offline and then order online" what do you mean by that?
24 Jul 11
A power seller is someone who has positive feedback on eBay and it means they can be trusted. The word power seller is attached right next to their name in eBay. When I buy shoes for example and the brand is something that I don't have before, I checkout my shoe size first at the shopping mall before buying them online to make sure they would fit me.
22 Jul 11
I like buying things on the Internet or online shopping. It is cheap, reliable and fun and saves a lot of time from going to street shops for things. I started my first buying in the year of 2009. So far I have bought many things online. The majority of things I have bought are satisfactory to me. I not only buy things for myself, but for my family, friends as well. Give it try, and you might like it. Have fun.
22 Jul 11
KnightMare911, Like in real life, I do not think you would like into a fly-by-night business setup and part your hard earned money, so I would ask that you do likewise online which would be doing your homework to find legitimate and reputable sellers. A lot of times, the people who are cheated are simply asking for it when they neglect their homework and frivolous with their checks on their prospective sellers or online establishments. I believe there's another area where you need to use some common sense over fads, seeking the easy way out is always the cause of most gullibility cases. Questioning whether it would save you that load of aftermaths, if you could actually get it off the shelves. Last but not least, you should always seek to pay through an online payment processor like Paypal which can protect the interest of buyers when goods do not get delivered or below expectations. So, please exercise due diligence on your part here.
22 Jul 11
ok.. i replied to the same statement you gave to the other mylotter.. but she didn't mention about the Paypal thing.. basing on what other mylotters adviced me.. i should first check the background of the seller.. finish my homework before i order.. and secure my transactions.. like you said.. on Paypal.. thank you for that.. i now am quite confident.. now.. on to the saving.. $19.66 to Go.. hahaha.. ^_^
• United Kingdom
27 Jul 11
I live in a European country where we have trading standards. I haven't ever had problems buying from Amazon. Twice I have got cheated on the Internet buying things. From a baby care shop I bought a duvet cover and duvet. I only got the duvet cover so it is useless. With another company I ordered two boxes and only got one box. Although I paid for 2 boxes. My purchases have been genuine and my items have usually been well packaged. Good luck saving the $19.88. Keen prices can be found on the Internet. Sometimes a password is entered and quickly the sale can go through. Some faith needs to be given that the item will arrive. Some items arrive very soon and others have to be chased up. I ordered five books from different sellers. Two of the books arrived super quick. Three of the books took ages to get to me. Good luck.