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Old 05-05-2016, 12:16 PM   #1
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Online Shopping

Do you shop online? The worst part is too many choices and mixed reviews. You find something nice at a good price. 12 positive reviews. 2 negative reviews saying that the product will break and probably burn down your house when it does.

I am currently looking to buy a new phone charger. I don't need one, but I want a backup for times when I accidentally leave my charger at the office. Every charger has about 10% of the reviews saying it will stop working or burst into flames within the first couple of days. I don't know whether I want to buy that, even when the other 90% are positive.

Clothing is usually easy enough if you know your size, but since I am a XXL/18-20 for most things, many things are not available in my size. It's terrible, but I do fine usually. For certain things I can get away with XL.

But the convenience of being able to buy used hardcover books for under $5 including shipping is absolutely wonderful.

What about the rest of you?
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:19 PM   #2
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:20 PM   #3
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For the most part I try to buy stuff in person but sometimes depending on what I am getting that just isnt an option.


FWIW I have been satisfied with my online purchases BUT I went overkill with researching the shit I was gonna buy.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:20 PM   #4
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I buy cheap things that sort of can't go too wrong, like stationery.

Also OP, buy a 1 charger, it won't blow up.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:22 PM   #5
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I buy most of my non-consumable stuff online because it's cheaper. If something has some negative reviews it might be a bit of a gamble but you've got to take risks sometimes - although I don't think I've ever actually had a faulty product or anything.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:33 PM   #6
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I prefer to shop in person, but absolutely despise talking to salespeople until I have a question. Especially at gamestop. Yes, I'm returning Dark Souls for Rainbow Six. Save your judgement and pop your zits, kid.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:35 PM   #7
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i buy quite a lot of stuff online, as long as you know what you're getting it's all good
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:35 PM   #8
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I buy way too much online.

Rarely clothes though, I like to try things on.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:36 PM   #9
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i buy 90% of my things online. just do a ton of research on the things that matter, and the things that don't just don't worry about it.

i don't buy clothes online though. or food.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:38 PM   #10
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I prefer to shop in person, but absolutely despise talking to salespeople until I have a question. Especially at gamestop. Yes, I'm returning Dark Souls for Rainbow Six. Save your judgement and pop your zits, kid.


Also this. If I wanted a chat about my taste in games/music/films I'd start one.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:40 PM   #11
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:42 PM   #12
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I only shop online when there are no stores in town carrying what I want.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:43 PM   #13
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I had to return mine cause it came with metric hardware and I only fit in imperial

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Old 05-05-2016, 12:45 PM   #14
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:47 PM   #15
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I like the convenience of online shopping, and I can also buy stuff I wouldn't want to buy in person

I can also get books so much cheaper online.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:49 PM   #16
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I can also buy stuff I wouldn't want to buy in person.



Massive Nendoroid collection?
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:50 PM   #17
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I prefer to shop in person, but absolutely despise talking to salespeople until I have a question. Especially at gamestop. Yes, I'm returning Dark Souls for Rainbow Six. Save your judgement and pop your zits, kid.

I was just talking about how most GameStop employees have been better than usual over the past few years until I was at one near my mom's house a few weeks ago and the trainee, not even the actual guy at the register, started giving me shit and getting condescending about me having a PS4 instead of an Xbox One. Then the other guy started on me about paying extra for disc protection on some cheap used 360 games I was buying because I'm apparently an idiot and I might move the console while it's on.

Probably would have cost the same as buying extra copies of the games.

I order a lot of shit online because few stores carry anything from the bands I listen to.

Or I'm buying PS1/PS2 games.

Or even Vita games. GameStop's the only place that even has them anymore.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:52 PM   #18
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Massive Nendoroid collection?

all those rubber fists and zipper masks
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:56 PM   #19
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all those rubber fists and zipper masks


Yeah that might be a bit dodgey in person
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Old 05-05-2016, 01:03 PM   #20
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to put a rough percentage on this - 85% or more of my non-perishable purchases are made online. Really, the only things I don't purchase online are food and tools.

Online reviews are really nothing more than an indicator of what others have done to experience the product. That being said, they'll also include people who decide that a paper shredder is useful for destroying neckties and complain when it fails.

For most things - I end up using the "crapshoot" method. Buy from something I think is promising that isn't listed to be outright crap, and hope for the best. If it pans out, replace it with an item of similar offering when it gives up the ghost.
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