questionswhat should you avoid buying via the internet?

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Mail-order brides. They never look like the pictures and, by the time you realize that, you're out $25,000. Or so I've heard..... from people.............. people who aren't me...............................

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It was probably like a decade ago in an article I read discussing eBay. One part I remember:

'I don't know what's worse, that I listed used underwear on eBay, or that somebody actually bought it.'

Groceries have tended not to sell too well online. Tuscan Whole Milk notwithstanding, anyone remember WebVan and HomeGrocer? Hey, we only lost 80 million bucks this year - we're doing well!

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used adult toys... but then again, I wouldn't recommend buying them in person either...

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Really. Sunglasses are mostly bought online by people that know what they want.

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Anything where size matter. Shoes, Dresses, Pants, Etc...

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@aggravation4u: I have bought them both online before. I just meant that they shouldn't be bought online without trying them on in real life.

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I buy shoes online exclusively, glasses too. I don't see the issue.
I wouldn't buy services online, though, or a Tuxedo. Too Risky.

j5 j5
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I would only order clothes if I was familiar with the brand and knew how their sizes fit.

I would not buy a car. I've never seen a case where the cost of transporting it back to my home is going to outweigh the difference in buying from a dealer, or private party locally.

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I'd say you can buy almost anything you want online, as long as you do the research before hand.

If you're buying shoes, go to a local shoe store and try on the pair you're going to buy to ensure the size is right.

Same with pretty much anything else.

I would not recommend purchasing "personal" items, especially if they are referbs.

For larger line items (cars/house) as long as they are NEW, I don't see too much of an issue. It's when you get into used that you may want to wait to "I want one" for at lease a day before you "buy it now".

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@csunwold: I've had a bad experience buying a car online. My sister and some friends as well. I don't know what it is, but eBay just never paid off when it came to cars for us. I know for sure that there MUST be really honest, good deals for cars on eBay, but I feel like if it was really THAT good it would have already been sold locally...

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I guess some clarification is needed, then. Are we talking full-on 100% Internet only purchases or some sort of hybrid thing? I consider trials at a B&M, then buying online as cheating, and not true Internet purchases. Conversely, I consider purchases that are negotiated online, then consummated in person to be valid Internet purchases and no different conceptually than buying online/returning for a refund (I've bought and sold cars this way, no problem).

j5 j5
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@thefenst: But with something like Zappos, you can order fifty pairs of shoes- different styles and sizes to see what you like... then ship back whatever you don't like for free.