Online Shopping: Is it Better Than the Real Thing?

Online Shopping: Is it Better Than the Real Thing?

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Taryn Williford
May 12, 2009

Online shopping can be a blessing and a curse. I recently got some great deals on a book and a cell phone silicon case from Amazon.com third party sellers. I've never had problems with the Amazon Marketplace before, but for some reason the local post office decided to return both of my recent packages to sender...

When the individual delivery dates for each item came and went, I was still left at home wondering where my packages disappeared to.

Thankfully, with Amazon's A-to-Z Guarantee I was able to recuperate all of my losses, but the reality was that I was left to make the trek to the bookstore and the cell-phone accessory kiosk at the mall on my own and buy stuff I already ordered at a discount—but at full price.

I, like any girl left without a rubbery-soft cell phone skin, debated whether the $5 or $6 I was poised to save would have even been worth the wait had I had the foresight to realize that my stuff would never arrive.

Is online shopping really as convenient and money-saving as all the early hype would have led you to believe? Or have you, like me, had a bad experience with online shopping that will scar you from clicking "Add To Cart" ever again? Let us know in the comments...

Image from: Flickr member breibeest with a Creative Commons license.



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