Online Purchase Fail

burning moneyIt was my fault. No question about it.

It’s not like it was my first time ordering products over the Internet. I’ve been doing that for longer than my nearly-12-year-old daughter has been alive.

Sure, I’ve had the occasional issue where I accidentally paid too much because I didn’t properly consider the shipping cost. I’ve ordered things that I ended up rarely (or never) using. I’ve even gotten caught up in an online auction to the point where I paid slightly more than retail price for something, even before including shipping.

But about three weeks ago I managed to pull a trifecta of ordering the wrong products.

First, I accidentally ordered the wrong Blu-Ray player (Panasonic DMP-BD60 instead of Samsung BD-P1600, in case you care). Luckily, I was telling a friend about this order and this led to me realizing my mistake in time to cancel the order. (The Samsung was priced a bit higher than I wanted to spend, so I didn’t end up ordering it.)

Then, in the same order I ordered two pieces of equipment for my pool in an attempt to save a few bucks. But it turned out that neither of those was the right piece, either. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize these mistakes until the components arrived — and in the case of one of them, not until I had removed it from the packaging.

I suppose I could send the unopened one back, and perhaps the opened one as well. But I’m thinking I’ll just take them to the pool supply store and see if they’ll give me something for them when I buy the correct components. Shipping things back is just too much trouble.

Lesson I should learn: Do a better job of verifying components.

Lesson I actually learned: When in doubt, just buy it at the store.


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  1. #1 by kilax on August 23, 2009 - 8:01 am

    Online shopping makes it so easy to click purchase. I seem to always be in a hurry when I am shopping online. Something about it makes me really anxious!


    • #2 by Ren on August 24, 2009 - 1:54 pm

      kilax – I understand that feeling, but I still get a bit of a rush from it (which is pretty amazing after (probably) hundreds of purchases over the last decade). That rush easily overrides my anxiety. 🙂


  2. #3 by Kate on August 24, 2009 - 12:57 pm

    I’m with you — sometimes it’s just better to buy at the store. I usually buy books online, as well as toys for my niece and nephew, but when it comes to other things (like clothing, electronics and furniture), I always go to the store first even if I end up making my final purchase online. Sometimes I just need to try something on or hold it in my hand before I can part with my money.


    • #4 by Ren on August 24, 2009 - 1:56 pm

      Kate – As a footnote to this event, I went to the pool supply store to buy the needed parts and still ended up buying the wrong thing for one of them. But going back to the store is just much less hassle than trying to return a shipped item.


  3. #5 by whall on August 24, 2009 - 2:24 pm

    You got a diving board shipped to you when you really wanted the slide, didn’t you.


    • #6 by Ren on August 24, 2009 - 2:30 pm

      whall – If you would visit more often you’d know that we already have a diving board. A slide would be nice, though….


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