Internet Purchases

Q: I’ve never bought anything off the internet because I keep hearing the news about people who are taking your money but not giving you what you bought. So many other people are buying things especially from Ebay. How can you tell which sellers are not going to rip you off?
Carla

A: Dear Carla: All the sites that I know of, have a feedback system. Anyone can read what the feedback says. Feedback is information from other buyers who have purchased something from the person doing the selling. This way, you can check on a seller before you buy something. This feedback will tell you if the seller mails the items he sells quickly. It will tell you if the item is as the seller described. If the seller has sold 50 or more items and most of the people who bought from him are happy, you can feel safe in purchasing something from them. Amazon, a site which primarily sells books, also has a guarantee fo

r the buyer. If you don’t receive your book, Amazon will refund your money. This way, you don’t have to worry as much about the feedback system although they do have one. I don’t know if other sites have that feature or not. I am only aware of the one on Amazon. So mostly, if you want to buy, just read the feedback on the seller to be sure you are going to get what you order.

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