"I'm not a technophobe by any means but I have this aversion to buying things on line and do so only very rarely.'
For an old geezer, I'm a big fan of internet shopping. Well, I took a course in Fortran programming in 1968. My company developed a financial-simulation program (not me doing the programming) that year. I bought an Apple 2 (even before the 2a) in 1982 and put together an accounting and lease-management program for my small company using VisiCalc, the ur-spreadsheet program. Actually, VisiCalc was the program that made people realize that the PC was good for something besides playing the game of Pong. If this means nothing to you, you are just too young to understand. Never mind.
I'm by no means a programmer or computer expert, but I have a lot of fun and am pretty comfortable shopping on the internet.
I've bought a LOT of stuff online, usually at least 25% cheaper than it is available at local retail outlets. Cameras, computers, printers, a scanner, books, supplies, one of those fancy, premium mattresses, and on and on. Only one or two mistakes or bad experiences; a really tiny percentage of what I've spent.
He!l, I've bought everything but the kitchen sink on the intern... oh, wait -
in our recent condo remodel, I bought our new kitchen sink at Homeclick.com :roll:
I heartily recommend Homeclick to you for darn near everything. I bought ceiling fans, sinks, and a complete setting of Villeroy china (at 50% of list, and "list" is what Bloomingdale's gets around here for Villeroy.) I looked at the nice Bodum cast-iron, vitreous-coated wok at W-S for $85. I got it from Homeclick for $53, and they paid the postage.
I found an online hardware store that supplied the Italian locksets for the condo for about $53 apiece, instead of the $94 that Clark & Barlow, a major local hardware supplier wanted- after the 20% professional discount for my son the cabinetmaker.
I guess the real trick is to do your research and really be sure to know what you want, and what you are are getting before you use the internet. Also, it is extremely important to print out your order and the company's confirmation, and any email correspondence that is involved. You need to have a really complete record of everything that has happened, since you can't go in and straighten it out face-to-face.
As an example, I took our KitchenAid double oven from our old house to the condo, but it was white and we went with black appliances. I found a parts supplier online and ordered black door-fronts, handles, trims, and control panel in black, But, the order confirmation screen didn't seem to work, so I called the company and was told to do it over the phone. I did, stressing that if the internet order was really registered, I certainly didn't want two orders. The nice lady on the phone said she waould make sure there was no duplication.
Of course, I received the order twice, each for about $500.
It took quite a few emails and several trips to UPS, but I got all the money back and they covered the duplicate shipping cost. I would be happy to buy from them again. I can't even imagine what that would have cost if supplied and installed by a local appliance-service operation. :eek:
I still find online shopping an adventure, and always a moneysaver, since if it isn't, I don't do it. Try it, you'll like it!