Monday, August 24, 2009

what's your comfort level in online shopping?

We've all done a bit of shopping here and there online, haven't we? Books, clothes, flowers and so on. I've bought art online too. But have you ever bought insurance online? What about and extended service plan such as from www.goodsamesp.com? To be a regular shopper, one has to have some kind of trust that what one finds online is good and has value. I'm not quite ready for something like this, but till then, I'll keep myself busy with buying artwork!

6 comments:

Patricia Torres said...

I've only ever purchased stuff for kiddie parties from birthdayinabox.com.... My brother was cheated in AUS.. He paid a downpayment for a bike online.. (long story!!) Ever since, I'm a bit nervous about online purchases.

Shalini said...

Yes, it is a bit dicey at times. I stick to Etsy for my art purchases and pay via paypal instead of a CC.

Deb said...

I have - bought insurance online, that is. Not life insurance though - it was a cover for credit card losses.

I am a regular buyer online - books, mobile phones, gifts, watches, wallets, etc. The most I've spent online at one time is probably around Rs. 7K. I do follow some rules though - look for Verisign authentication (or pay through your own bank site), look for buyer track record (esp. on eBay), limit purchase size.

Except on maybe a couple of occasions of not too pricey purchases, I've mostly got a fair deal while following above rules. Sometimes the things (e.g. an iPhone clone) did not last as long as I could've expected, but these are risks you take for any purchase, not only those online.

Shalini said...

That's a great tip Deb...to look for the Verisign or use your own bank. I must remember that.

Lakshmi -Celebrations said...

Online shopping must be very less for us,except my husband buys harry potter series online.We regularly buy railway tickets and airline tickets online.

Shalini said...

L, yes travel bookings is what we use it for most as well.