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What products would you buy on the internet?



 

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20-Nov-05 11:33amCGTREE
Nothing...I can't anyways..I have no credit card.
20-Nov-05 12:33pmcloudhugger
poker face
20-Nov-05 12:52pmdarkshadowsseeker
Nothing, I don't buy online, ever! I don't believe there is any such thing as a truly secure site and I don't want to take a risk by giving out my debit card number online.
20-Nov-05 1:09pmdab
Anything I don't need to see in person first. Clothing, for instance, is a problem because I like to try it on first and a vehicle I'd want to take for a test drive.
20-Nov-05 1:51pmgambler
Books/DVD/CD's all of which I have bought from Amazon.com..... are about the only things.

20-Nov-05 2:04pmRainingFeathers Bronze Star Survey Creator
Nothing, I have to see, touch, and (when possible) test out something before I buy it.
Besides, I love go to the store. Shopping online isn't nearly as much fun.
20-Nov-05 2:49pmmve17
porridge
20-Nov-05 3:34pmpatarnone
I purchased 2 upgrades for my game because it was a promotion and there were no shipping charges. Other than that, I am not a consumer.

With little spare cash, I have programed myself to not want things I don't need. The "everlife" flashlight looks interesting, but I'd have to see it in person first.

I do love the "As seen on TV" stores!
20-Nov-05 3:46pmjustjulie
i've bought beads and things. and stuff from ebay....
20-Nov-05 5:40pmkirst
Books, music, movies, toys, clothes, electronics, jewelry, office supplies, etc. I do a lot of Christmas shopping online because we normally arrive back in the US on the 20th or so. I'm a completely jet-lagged sleep-deprived mess by Christmas. I'm excited that we'll be back home early this year because we're taking Claire out of school on the 13th. That's when WTO begins in Hong Kong and Claire's school is right in the middle of where WTO will be held. Her Christmas performance will be held the week earlier because of this as well.
20-Nov-05 6:00pmpaulyw Silver Star Survey Creator
I buy mostly sneakers,and sandals on the internet. I sometimes my DVDs or CDs.
20-Nov-05 6:06pmGalomorro
Music CDs, DVDs, books, clothes, shoes, vitamins & supplements, software
(reply to kirst)
20-Nov-05 6:11pm
cloudhugger
Please, what is WTO?
20-Nov-05 6:36pmromkey Survey Central Gold Subscriber
I'd tend not to buy anything that would really need me to look at it or try it out before buying - like a house or a car or a horse.

I would buy clothes, books, certain foods, electronics... I don't see much reason not to if you're happy with the prices, policies and reputation of the vendor.
20-Nov-05 7:20pmteatree
Nothing. I don't shop online.
20-Nov-05 7:24pmZang
I've never bought anything on the Internet. Unless you include membership to this site.
(reply to cloudhugger)
20-Nov-05 7:26pm
Zang
World Trade Organization

You might want to save this handy link:

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(reply to Zang)
20-Nov-05 7:58pm
cloudhugger
sweeeeet!
Thanks.
(reply to cloudhugger)
20-Nov-05 8:48pm
Zang
yes
20-Nov-05 9:52pmAmanda
Lots of things. Books, DVDs, CDs, toys, clothes, shoes, and probably a ton of other things. Mostly from ebay but also a couple of other sites.
20-Nov-05 10:12pmYukonGold
Whatever I wanted from eBay.
20-Nov-05 10:16pmLindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
Old toys from the 70's. I'm running out of room for them, so I've slowed down on that.
(reply to cloudhugger)
20-Nov-05 10:42pm
kirst
World Trade Organization
(reply to kirst)
20-Nov-05 11:10pm
cloudhugger
thanks kirst!
21-Nov-05 1:25amjduPres
I prefer not to give out any more personal financial information than possible, so I definitely wouldn't consider buying anything online. As is, there is too much of our personal information floating around in cyberspace. I don't think I need add to it.
21-Nov-05 5:41amjettles Survey Central Subscriber
most anything
21-Nov-05 5:59amROCKMAN
I don't buy off the internet. I like to see/touch/hear the things I buy before I decide to buy them.
21-Nov-05 11:47amJody
Ones I absolutely had to (I prefer shopping in stores).
21-Nov-05 12:35pmcerealkiller
I buy pretty much everything online except food, gasoline and lumber.
21-Nov-05 8:55pmPomeranian
I'll buy anything but turnips on the internet.
22-Nov-05 8:00pmbcollins
I don't have a credit card, so nothing.
23-Nov-05 9:17amkitti723
candles, make-up & bath products.
23-Nov-05 4:14pmautumnlight
I buy pretty much everything ion the internet. I never have time to go shopping so it's easier for me.
23-Nov-05 9:33pmEnheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
The real question is: what products wouldn't I buy on the internet?
24-Nov-05 6:01amdocgbrown
Letís see... The three things that I have already bought on the internet are; Kaplan MCAT study course, Military study guides and subscriptions to known entities.
25-Nov-05 10:46amScott
I'd only buy stuff that I couldn't get locally. Being a small business owner, I've felt a pretty big hit in sales thanks to the internet. It's getting harder and harder to convince people to buy from me when they can get it for less money online. They only think about the initial savings. Not about long term costs. Hypothetically, lets say they buy a, oh, I don't know, scuba regulator from some website. They buy it for quite a bit less than they could get it at their local dive shop. They're immediately enticed by the initial savings, right? Now, what they don't know is this: Regulators come with a lifetime parts replacement warranty, when purchased from an authorized dealer (which, oddly enough, the internet isn't). This means that when you have your regulator maintained/serviced, you don't have to pay for parts; only labor. In order to keep the regulator's warranty valid, you must have the regulator serviced every year. If the regulator wasn't purchased from an authorized dealer (ie. the internet), you must pay for the parts, which will run approximately $60.00. Now this means that even though you may have saved $100 up front when you bought the regulator, you're going to pay $120 extra in parts in the first two years you own the regulator. Not to mention the fact that your local dive shop doesn't have to service a regulator if it wasn't purchased from an authorized dealer.

I don't mean to rant, but this is a subject that's pretty touchy with me. Here's an actual story from my shop.

I had a customer come in one day, looking at equipment. We're talking the whole nine yards here; regulator, BCD, drysuit, mask, fins, snorkel, weights, dive computer, everything. I'm always happy to help a customer, no matter what they're buying, but sales like this make you want to spend a little more time going over features and options and other details. Anyway, I spent close to three hours with this guy, answering all of his questions, letting him try the gear on, breathe off the regulator, etc. After he decided what gear he wanted, I wrote up a price quote for him, and took an additional 15% off the total cost for him. He thanked me and said he'd be back at the end of the week.
So, the end of the week passed and the guy never came back, but I wasn't too concerned about it. A couple of weeks passed and I had forgotten about the guy. Then, one day, he came into the shop. When I saw him get out of his car I got excited, because I figured he was back to make a big purchase. Anyway, he came through the door, placed a regulator on my counter (the same model he had tried out and decided on in my shop), and said he was having problems with it. I asked him what the problem was and where he had gotten it from. He explained the problem to me (one that could easily be fixed with a few adjustments with the right tools) and informed me that he had purchased it online from a site whose name I won't mention because they can go fudge themselves as far as I'm concerned. He had apparently purchased an entire setup (everything he had picked out and tried on in my store) from this site because "It was just too good a deal to pass up". Keeping my composure I told him that his best bet would be to send the regulator back where he bought it from and let them fix it for him, because I wouldn't do it. At that point he got a little short with me and asked if I could help him out. If he sent it back, he have to pay shipping both ways and pay for the maintenance. To which I responded "Explain to me why that would be of any concern to me. Doesn't seem like a such a great deal now, does it? Have a nice day, sir."

Again, I apologize for going on and on, but crap like this pisses me off to no end.
25-Nov-05 2:32pmEnigma
I have purchased items on the internet. e-bay provided me with movies that are not readily available in a store. Also books from an independent publisher. I would purchase unusual t-shirts and a number of things I wouldn't normally have access to. It doesn't scare me to purchase on the internet.
(reply to Scott)
25-Nov-05 2:46pm
Enigma
So, the end of the week passed and the guy never came back, but I wasn't too concerned about it. A couple of weeks passed and I had forgotten about the guy. Then, one day, he came into the shop. When I saw him get out of his car I got excited, because I figured he was back to make a big purchase. Anyway, he came through the door, placed a regulator on my counter (the same model he had tried out and decided on in my shop), and said he was having problems with it. I asked him what the problem was and where he had gotten it from. He explained the problem to me (one that could easily be fixed with a few adjustments with the right tools) and informed me that he had purchased it online from a site whose name I won't mention because they can go fudge themselves as far as I'm concerned. He had apparently purchased an entire setup (everything he had picked out and tried on in my store) from this site because "It was just too good a deal to pass up". Keeping my composure I told him that his best bet would be to send the regulator back where he bought it from and let them fix it for him, because I wouldn't do it. At that point he got a little short with me and asked if I could help him out. If he sent it back, he have to pay shipping both ways and pay for the maintenance. To which I responded "Explain to me why that would be of any concern to me. Doesn't seem like a such a great deal now, does it? Have a nice day, sir." Again, I apologize for going on and on, but crap like this pisses me off to no end.
Man that guy has huge balls! What an IDIOT. Expecting YOU to help him for nothing after he took up three hours of your time and didn't spend a dime! These fools don't realize there won't be anyone left in business to help them period if they don't wake up and support the small independent business. Comparatively speaking, you are the best deal if you can offer a fair price, information, set up and follow up service! But oh no, to guys like this the only thing that matters is the money and when they need help your supposed to kiss their ass. People that aren't in retail sales usually don't understand but when someone buys something somewhere else and then shows up ranting and raving at your door demanding help because that other place doesn't have service...? "Well Sir, good thing you saved that $50.00 buying from them go call and yell at them... b-bye now!"

DON'T get me started.

26-Nov-05 2:52pmFauxLo
*scoff* What products wouldn't I buy (or haven't I bought) on the internet?
(reply to Scott)
26-Nov-05 10:35pm
cloudhugger
Jeez Scott, it's a wonder you have any costumers at all...
Just kidding. That is pretty bad, taking your time up then coming back. I thought you handled that very well. Sometimes I do research on the internet, then go to the store so I at least I don't sound like an idiot and I know what I am looking for. Anyone with any decensy would realize that people have stores for a reason, not to rip people off. This guy is a twentfirst century boob.
By the way, I love your shop stories.
(reply to Scott)
1-Dec-05 10:25pm
obioma
You don't have to apologize Scott, I especially like the way you handled the whole thing, i would probably have not even listened to him. What guts!
2-Dec-05 6:27amMaarten
DVD's, books, clothes, food.
I already do actually.
4-Dec-05 3:54pmgsummers
The only product I have bought on the internet is a bouquet of flowers to my mom.. that is not to say I wouldnt buy on something on EBAY or the like, I just havent done so.
8-Dec-05 8:50pmchunkylova
I dont know....whatever I needed for a good price I guess.....
11-Dec-05 11:08pmallscotts
Nothing
26-Jan-06 4:06amRGirl
I do buy records, books, dvds
26-Feb-06 12:18ambusybaker
I don't shop online.
19-May-07 10:43pmkrazykatlady
Items that aren't available locally. I recently ordered some Lifebuoy soap from the Vermont Country store since the U.S. hasn't manufactured it for several years.
5-Apr-15 6:30pmBiggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
I tend to buy Kindle books, foods I can't get in local shops (like nutritional yeast), bras, and Christmas/birthday presents. I suppose I also "buy" TV/films via my Amazon Instant Video subscription. I tend to make big purchases online too - new laptops, furniture, nice curtains, etc.
6-Apr-15 5:45amLysannus
Most all computer parts, auto parts, books, and the occasional electronic/accessory (I hate sales tax and so far have avoided it this way).
I hate buying clothing online so if I need to do any clothes shopping I go to PA where they do not charge tax on clothing.
6-Apr-15 7:37pmJessicaWoman99 Bronze Star Survey Creator
Sausage and cheese from FIGI'S

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