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The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 26 December 2005 
  • Greetings from the Edi...
  • BMI Mail Testers Needed
  • Holiday humor
  • Online Shopping
  • Helpful Tips
  • Online Classes
  • Holiday Flavor!
  • Jesting with Jon
  • Where is the Owners Ma...
  • Windows to the Weather
  • Grandma's China
  • Why BMI?
  • Find Santa Contest
  • POM Coast Computers
  • Kudos
  • The Winners Circle

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  • Online Shopping
    by Mike Rochelle
    December 2005
    Ever wonder where people who are on the internet all day at work, shop online? Here at BMI, we are always looking for a good deal and a quality product. One of my favorite things to locate are 1940 thru 1950 apple crate labels. The best place to find these at a reasonable price is at Ebay.

    EBay is an online auction site that gives you the ability to buy and sell new and used items online with a worldwide audience. Amazon is an online store that caters to new items. Amazon, however, also offers many used items at a lower price to you. Many other stores, boutiques, specialty shops, department stores etc, also have websites in which you can do your shopping.

    When shopping at an online store for a product, you want to make certain you are dealing with a reputable firm that will deliver the product as descried. The best way to determine this is to make sure that the online store front also gives you alternate ways to order and contact them...such as by mail or telephone. Online store fronts that offer no way to contact them directly are red flags for fraud. If you really want a product that an online store front offers, but they do not list direct contact information, you may want to email them to ask questions. If they answer promptly, and adequately, you are probably safe to go forward with the transaction.

    Most stores charge a shipping and handling fee, plus applicable taxes. In the case of ebay, people selling items also charge fees to handle and ship their items. While this is fair, and makes sense, some sellers inflate the shipping charges to compensate for selling an item at a lower price. Be aware

    Pay close attention to the shipping information. Reputable online stores will offer you multiple shipping options and pricing, as well as the estimated delivery date. Depending on your location, and that of the online store, delivery can sometimes take longer than you want to wait. If this information is not readily available, it is another red flag.

    After you have decided what, where and when to buy, the next item is "How to pay' for it. Major credit cards are the most secure way to pay. When you are checking out from the website, always make sure you see HTTPS in the starting field of the address or look for a gold key at the bottom of the page. This shows you that your transaction information is being encrypted and the information is not viewable by unauthorized parties. It is secure.

    Now that Christmas is upon us, go out and shop till you drop, or better yet sit at home, with hot cocoa, a warm robe and bunny slippers and do your shopping in the comfort of your own home!

    Happy Holidays!
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