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Nesf

I like shopping online and find it convenient, but I hate waiting for things to arrive and it's also much more expensive, because you have to pay for shipping/delivery.

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Max000
On 3/6/2019 at 5:42 AM, Nesf said:

I like shopping online and find it convenient, but I hate waiting for things to arrive and it's also much more expensive, because you have to pay for shipping/delivery.

I don't know where you are located, but half the stuff I buy are $1 or $2 items with free shipping direct from China. Yeah, I have to wait a long time for the items to arrive, but nowhere can I buy the stuff cheaper. You can't get it cheaper then buying direct from a Chinese factory. It's impossible. Even if I do have to pay for shipping, in most all cases it's a lot cheaper then buying it in a local store. 

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4 hours ago, Max000 said:

I don't know where you are located, but half the stuff I buy are $1 or $2 items with free shipping direct from China. Yeah, I have to wait a long time for the items to arrive, but nowhere can I buy the stuff cheaper. You can't get it cheaper then buying direct from a Chinese factory. It's impossible. Even if I do have to pay for shipping, in most all cases it's a lot cheaper then buying it in a local store. 

I've bought things from China before, but it takes an incredibly long time for things to arrive, and then, if it's over 22 Euros, you have to pay VAT and import duties... and it's a lot. So good for some things, and if you're not in a hurry.

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On 3/5/2019 at 4:38 PM, Melanie222 said:

21st century shopping is one of the best things that could happen! Today we have a great possibility to buy things sitting at home. It allows to save time and money. Personally I order almost everything online, except vegetables, fruits, bread, everything fresh. Also I've recently started ordering meds online. Of course, there are many untrusted sites, and it took me some time to find a good one, but finally I chose Canada Pharmacy for this purpose. I should say, I haven't regretted my choice as the prices are reasonable, I get my orders in time, and this site provides visitors with the descriptions of the meds (sometimes I use it only to that end). Frankly speaking, I can't imagine my life without Internet 😀

I was very surprised to see my old topic revived. I can see the advantages of online shopping and have ended up by chance buying a couple of things online simply as that was the set-up, eg, such a deal on printer ribbons came with my new printer and it is nice to not have to go into town to track the correct ones down. My grumbles in the topic were really about encounters in shops, so in that sense I often find 21st century shopping a pain. The other day I wanted a red bull (naughty I know!). Nobody was on the counter so I went to self service but then had to wait for assistance because they had to check I looked over 16 (I'm almost 30 years in!). It was taking for ever for someone to come over but someone went on the till, so I decided to cancel the items, but it turned out that I even had to get someone over to do this. So when someone came over I had to explain, then due to the wait had to get back to work very quickly.

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On 3/9/2019 at 9:29 AM, Nesf said:

I've bought things from China before, but it takes an incredibly long time for things to arrive, and then, if it's over 22 Euros, you have to pay VAT and import duties... and it's a lot. So good for some things, and if you're not in a hurry.

Fortunately I live in a state, that has no sales tax and I never have to any pay import duties. So I'm lucky in that regard. If I need the item fast, I pay extra and buy it from a US seller. Then I usually get it in two days. 

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