Buying on the Internet

Most sellers on the internet are good, honest people trying to make a living or extra income for their family.  But YOU as a buyer have responsibilities too.

Any time you buy on the internet or even from a catalog, be sure and read the description of the product.

What are the measurements?

What is it made of? (will you have to iron it)

Is it dry clean only? (adds to the overall cost of the item)

What is the condition? New, Used?

Is it for indoor or outdoor use?

Do they have a return policy?

I had a gentleman buy a leather bag I had made that was for a Notebook Computer, he wanted it for a Laptop and was angry because it was too small.  When I asked him if he read the description he said “No”.  I had him return the item because as a seller I value my reputation.

ALSO read what the seller is charging for shipping and how fast you will get the item.  If you are ordering something for a gift you need in less than a week and the shipping is Media Mail, you won’t get it in time.  Upgrade the shipping.  Also how much are they charging?  You can go out to the USPS site and see what is a reasonable charge for the weight and size of the item.

If you are unsure about the item, ask for more pictures.   The seller that won’t give you more pictures has something to hide or is too lazy.   Either way you don’t want to do business with them.

There are LOTS of Artists and Crafters out there who make quality products and would be glad to give you as much information as you need.   They want your business.

Remember, Buy From Local Small Businesses this Holiday Season!  Got to Craft Fairs and to your local Farmers Market and you will find great gifts.

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