It's a scam?
During this pandemic I've been doing a lot more shopping online. Most of it was NOT necessary. It was a comfort thing (not unlike my eating habits). I'm bored; let's look online and find something fun.
It's way too easy with social
media. Ads pop up in my feed and draw me in. That's what they are
supposed to do. What I'M supposed to do is not let my emotional (and
often irrational) side take over. Sure there is a lot of fun stuff out
there. Do I really NEED it? (Let's be honest, most of the time I
DON'T). I do WANT it. (At least at the moment that I'm looking at
it.) If I'm being smart and using common sense, I should look at what is
drawing me in, RESEARCH it and then walk away for a while. I should THINK
about what I'm about to do, before I do it.
However, there is that
impulse. I've got to grab it now. I want it now. It looks so
cool; I NEED it now. Honestly, I don't, but...
I am TRYING to be rational
while at the same time allowing myself some "fun" purchases.
What I've come to realize is that "fun" purchases can only be fun IF
I do a background check. If I make sure that what I'm seeing is legitimate
I'm not talking about purchases
from larger companies. I'm not going to Walt Disney World anytime
soon (sigh), no matter how much I want to. I have indulged myself with
some purchases from the Disney
store. What I see is what I will get. Do I really NEED another
purse or t shirt? Probably not, but I know what I'm getting. If
(when?) I make the purchase, I know that it will arrive in a reasonable amount
of time and I know if there is a problem with my purchase that I can get a
replacement or refund or at the very least speak to someone in customer service
about my issue. My purchases may not be wise, but they are safe; I'm not
Plenty of other ads have caught
my eye and successfully hooked me. I've made purchases from smaller,
lesser known companies that advertise heavily on social media such as Color
The World and Piper
Lou. Neither of these are scams. They are legitimate
companies. I have been relatively happy with their products. (Which
means I've made multiple purchases.) Purchasing lipstick
(https://colortheworldlipsticks.com/) when we're all wearing masks might not
make sense. Purchasing lipstick without seeing it in person might not be
the best thing either. Not all the lipsticks have been exactly what I
wanted, but I got what I ordered. Purchasing t shirts
(https://www.piperloucollection.com/) is certainly less risky. The
fun/snarky sayings fit my personality (some of the time). They fit.
I've ordered both medium and large and they fit, even if they are a little
long. In both cases I had to pay for shipping (which I don't like to do)
and the product took longer than I would like to reach me. But again,
these are smaller companies and I DID get what I ordered. I've made
purchases more than once and they had legitimate customer service. If someone
asked me about their products I would tell them just what I've said here.
I can recommend them and safely they are legitimate.
Then there are the
scammers...one of which I reported and no longer see in my feed. It was a
welcome sign that had seasonal magnets that you could put on it. It would look
nice on my front door. There were actually two that I liked. One
had a gnome on it and for each season the gnome could be holding something that
fit the season (a pumpkin for fall, a heart for Valentine's Day). I was
tempted, but I did a little google research and big red flags came up.
Lots of complaints. Yes, I wanted what I was seeing, but from what I
researched it sounded like I wasn't going to get that.
The other welcome sign fed on
my obsession of Disney. Again there were magnets to be attached for the
appropriate season/holiday and they were in the form of Mickey head.
Really cute. But NOT from Disney. Really big warning sign was when
I went to the website, the customer service email was a person's name with
numbers following it @gmail.com. Now this was not an Etsy site (in which
case that MIGHT be ok, but I'd email the seller before making a decision), it
was supposed to be a company website. Yes, I wanted (and still want) a
welcome sign that I can hang on my door that will change easily with seasons,
but this is NOT the way to go. I don't want to just throw $20, $40 or $50
and hope for the best. This screams SCAM (and other agreed with
me). I let it go. (Also I did a search before posting this and could no longer find the site...hmmm)
So while we all might need a
little shopping therapy, be cautious. Have fun, but be wise. Don't
let that impulse make you hit the purchase button before doing a little
background check. And if you do find a cool and legitimate welcome sign
for the front door, let me know!