Thursday, March 13, 2008

Lessons Learned

What good is learning from your mistakes if you can't share it with other people?? It makes me feel slightly better just to know that I might be able to help someone else through my misfortune. So here's what I've learned over the past year (especially the last month).

#1 - There really is a thing called the "Nigerian Scam"! (thanks Oprah) I sold something through ebay. I was informed by ebay that the auction was suspended, but then got emails from ebay and the buyer saying it was back on track, and even a payment email from paypal. It was all false, and I almost sent a digital camera to Nigeria without being paid a cent (in fact, the shipping was over $100). Bottom-line: Double check ALL emails from ebay and paypal that you get in your inbox. If you go to ebay or paypal, you can go into your account and there is an inbox there too. If the email is legit, it will be in your account inbox as well. Never ship until you've checked that the cash is there. Paypal said they would NEVER "hold money" until you provide a tracking number. Lessons learned........

#2 - Costco now stands very firm on their 90 day policy. We bought a digital camera and the battery just never stayed charged. But with the crazy busy holiday season, we kept putting off taking care of it. And at 110 days after the purchase, we were stuck with the stinkin' camera. So figure out right away if electronics work properly or not! Lessons learned......

And now for the past couple weeks - After all the madness with the small digital cameras, we decided to take advantage of a price cut in the big digital slr camera we've wanted. So we bought it all in pieces (as recommended by a lot of people).

First, we bought a lens on ebay, and paid for insurance.
Then, we bought the batteries and memory card.
Lastly, we bought the camera body.

The first place we bought the body from was an online scam. So....

#3 - Don't always trust the reviews from the online store, or even online "comparison sites". The scam artist that do these websites know how to create false reviews too. A trusted review site is http://www.resellerratings.com/. And remember, if it looks TOO good to be true, it probably is! Lessons learned.......

So we cancelled the credit card, ordered a new one, waited the 2 weeks for it, and then ordered the camera body again from a reputable online store. When it came, I put the lens (from ebay 4 weeks ago) on the camera and the lens was BROKEN!

#4 - Shipping insurance is so important, and it doesn't just insure that the items gets to you; it insure that the item works as well! But in order to take advantage of the insurance you purchase, you MUST keep the original shipping box. Since it had been a month, the box had been tossed and the lens was put into a camera bag with the other accessories. So keep the box! Lessons learned.......

Seems like we've learned a lot more than just 4 lessons, but that's the gist of it. Just be careful....

1 Comments:

Blogger Shelly said...

What a nightmare. My husband does a lot on ebay so I always have to ask him if stuff is legit or not. I learned the lesson about keeping the box, though, when we couldn't get our rebate on our cell phones because we didn't have that little bar code from the box. My husband is always upset at me for "cleaning too much" AKA "throwing away things he thinks we need"

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