On-line Shopping

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  1. Ted Richards

    Ted Richards Well-Known Member
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    I may be the only old guy that's a serial window shopper but I enjoy it, so who cares. Sometimes I really do want to buy a specific item for a reasonable price (I'm awful tight!) and I come home frustrated because I can't find it or the price seems outrageous. So I turn to the internet and Ebay or Amazon and find dozens of sellers selling what I want for a reasonable price. I often buy small tool sets that I need and the sellers are usually in China or Singapore. Free shipping is by ship so it takes 4-6 weeks to arrive but I have more time than money. Some small parcels are lost or misplaced in international shipping so if it doesn't arrive on time, I contact Ebay and my money is refunded or a new parcel is airmailed to me. One time, the seller refunded my money and the lost parcel arrived two months later.
     
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    I do a lot of my shopping online, too. More on Amazon than eBay, although I do go there too.
     
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    I often shop online for nice men's plus sized clothing as they can be difficult to find in the brick and mortar stores here. As well I'll usually shop Amazon for books, DVDs and CDs as they have such a great selection and delivery has been good.
     
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    I like online shopping. I bought a kids swimming pool last spring. I looked at a store and picked one that I liked. It was way to heavy for me to load and bring home. I ordered it online and they brought it right to my door with no shipping charges.
     
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    I do quite a bit of online shopping thru Amazon and a few other websites. I can only buy the kind of Wilson Sport Socks (over-the-calf) I really like, thru the Wilson website.

    A lot of times, it's much easier, and faster, buying something online rather than using gas and time to go to different stores looking for something. We'll try one or two stores, but after that...........computer time!
     
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    I've bought loads online... I've even bought furniture... I just can't find what I want in furniture stores.... it's always a risk with furniture, but ths far, I've never been let down, and I usually get it for a fraction of the price the identical thing would cost on the high street.

    With regard Chinese tools... here in the UK..they tend to be rubbish, but in Southern Spain they have what they call Todo shops which are all Chinese run, and you can get some real quality tools there for next to no money...
     
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    I use Amazon, but not on a regular basis. Thought about buying some grocery store items on Amazon,but can buy
    cheaper at the store.
     
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    Amazon, Ebay, and Etsy are the big three, but there are lots of others too. Maybe that's an idea for a new topic/category? Shopping sites that are worthwhile, and those that are rip-offs!
     
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    I shop online, mostly at amazon. I think I've placed 4 orders in the last 2 weeks.
     
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    That would be a good idea for a thread, but it would fit within the Shopping & Sales category.
     
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    I buy from Amazon and occasionally from Walmart, online. And I buy harmonicas online sometime. I guess I buy a lot of stuff online. It's more convenient.
     
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  12. Neville Telen

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    I at least try to 'buy local', but there is a limit to how far I'm willing to take it. I do a lot of comparison shopping for any given item, checking specs, user reviews, etc., so when I am ready to buy I usually have a specific brand/model number I'm after, and if I cannot find it local, then oh well, its internet time! Good example was a recent purchase of a flash drive. I decided on buying a Lexar 16GB. Only Office Depot sold it, and they were consistently sold out week after week, so Ebay to the rescue. Walmart I buy mostly groceries from, every couple months. I got nothing bad to say about it...saves me a lot of money over the course of a year.
     
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    A local Agenda 21 implementing group started a "buy local" campaign here a few years back. As is usually the case, it wasn't so much about buying local as about choosing which local people to support, and which not to. We did manage to put them out of business, but while they were still going strong, I found one of the facilitators of the group in Sam's Club buying groceries. And no, we don't have a local Sam's Club.
     
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    Never heard of 'Agenda 21' til now. I keep learning all sorts of new stuff here. Sounds like the Nannyites have infiltrated the UN (or maybe vice versa?). Glad to hear they are not invulnerable. What all did it take to give them the axe?
     
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    I began to shop online last year. In the beginning, I only bought from Amazon and eBay, later I tried some other kinds of websites which just sell a few kinds of products. Such as www.cwmalls.com, it only sells leather products, I bought a shearling coat in January this year, it arrived just in 4 days after I placed the order from China! Much faster than I thought! Though it's not a cheap stuff, I am very satisfied with it. It's really efficient and convenient!
     
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    Amazon has been a godsend to us. We used to spend $200-$300 in shipping each Christmas shipping gifts to the grandchildren and family in the "lower 48". With Prime, all that shipping is free, so we can spend more on gifts. While I try to buy locally if things I want are available, selection here isn't always great. Amazon saves us there as well. I haven't used Ebay and have found WalMart to be pretty much useless here. Many times buying on line isn't practical, though. I found a watering can that was exactly what I had been looking for. It was $18, but to ship it here was $56. After more searching, I found it locally for $15 and there was no shipping attached.
     
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    I just ordered books from Amazon yesterday. One of my favorite things is getting an Amazon book order.

    I don't like going to stores much. I dropped some money yesterday at the local yarn shop. The proprietor is very nice and they have excellent small store customer service.

    I also buy on Etsy.
     
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    I ordered 3 things from Amazon yesterday ...one came today through the letterbox... and the other 2 will be here tomorrow.....I love onine shopping although I don't do a huge amount of it.. I like it for the mere fact that it could have taken me days to find things in bricks and mortar stores that I can sit and find in minutes online, and not spend any money on fuel to get to the shops...and BELIEVE me.. if you had to pay UK petrol prices, you'd be evn more please about amazon et al than you already are.. :eek::D

    This is what arrived today after just ordering yesterday, and I only had to walk from the livingroom to the hall to collect it from the doormat https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06XDKMGGK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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    You will be organized @Holly Saunders Yes, gas, time and time on your feet looking around. I really don't like it. I haven't yet gotten into ordering much from Amazon besides books. I have ordered some things for the cats, scratchers and a cute bed they won't use.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Amazon used to be a lot better than it is now, in that it used to offer free or discounted shipping without that Prime doubletalk. Some months ago I had a lot of stuff I wanted to buy from Amazon, and noticed that joining Prime would save me about $50 in shipping, so I joined up. My time at the library computer was up, so had to go back the next day to order the items. In that one days delay, every item but one became suddenly ineligible for Prime, so I cancelled Prime, looked for other sources, ran out of time, and had to come back the next day. Next day I decided to just buy from Amazon and pay the $50 shipping. Guess what? All the stuff that had been ineligible for Prime was eligible once more. That's when I decided the Prime was a con game. I still buy from Amazon, but first do a lot of price comparison shopping to make sure the total (postpaid) price of Amazon is cheaper than anywhere else....Google Shopping is good for this. What was wrong with Walmart?
     
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    I have been shopping with Amazon for years. I don't remember, but they may have had a free shipping program if you spent a set number of dollars but I think they just sold books then, and books can be shipped cheaply through media mail. I've been a Prime member, probably since they started it. As I see it, the Prime streaming and books that can be read free with a Prime membership are worth the cost of Prime, so the free shipping is extra. Since I live a long ways from a shopping mall, I buy a lot from Amazon and have always been happy with them. Shipping times are fast and returns are easy.
     
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    Want to pull a fast one on the cats? Rub some catnip (preferably fresh) on the bed, then set it under sunbeams. The sunlight will warm up the bed, diffuse the catnip scent, and if they get off on catnip, will pull them to it. If they are not catnippers, put some of your dirty clothes on the bed (be sure to lock them out of your bedroom), put the bed in sunlight, and that may work. Cats love a warm bed, and are drawn by scent.
     
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    Interesting to come across this thread this morning.

    I was just thinking how much I have come to appreciate shopping online mostly Amazon and Walmart. I always spend enough on items for the home so I don't pay for shipping. I decided not to be a Prime member of Amazon though for that reason.
     
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