posted on Sep, 15 2018 @ 08:00 AM
Yeah, Amazon is a total rip. But... Most of the time, there are ways to making them bargain, comrad.
I did learn a few things over the years while buying from Amazon. I tend to buy a lot there. A few things I've learned:
- Much of everything you buy on Amazon is crap!
Sellers will usually send you a crappy, half working product the first time. Then you give them a very low rating of 1 star and detail exactly what
the problem is and all the ways it's flawed. Don't even bother contacting the seller at this point. The seller will (always in my case) contact you
back and often times tell you to send it back for another. At this point I argue with the seller and they always give in and send me a second
product. I tell them that I should not have to pay for shipping on a return item that I paid for to receive the first time.
Remember, scrutinize the hell out of your product as soon as you get it. This will determine if the product will crap out within the first few weeks
or right when the product expires for return.
The seller will fold. 5 stars are crack to these people. (Most sellers are in China even though Amazon stores their products locally in many cases).
EVERY single time I've had this issue (almost every time I bought a product), the crappy version comes first, then when you do the above, they send
you a version of the item that works great. This makes me think they always send you the low quality, failed test items the first time around because
they probably think you wont bother, especially if the item is under the cost of what shipping would cost you if you had to send it back.
- Sellers NEED those 5 stars. Use this to your advantage.
- Scrutinize the seller
When you see a product you want, make sure you look at the feedback and NEVER rely on 4-5 star reviews. Majority are fake. I $#!^ you not! A week
ago, I saw 47 feedbacks from the SAME person on the SAME day on one item. I contacted Amazon about it (of course they didn't do anything about it).
I've also noticed that if you look at the information of the persons giving the 4-5 star feedbacks, you will see a lot of similar items from the same
seller with 5 stars. Besides... 5 star feedbacks are so obvious. Some of them don't engrish well. If I really want a product, I'll look at many of
the 4-5 star customers and check their profile and find one that honestly looks legit.
Sorry... If I'm getting so much crap from these sellers, you can bet most others are too. That or I just have really horrible luck. I mean, I'm not
discounting that. hah!
- Check the seller's store
Almost all of the time, you will find the exact same product from the same seller 3-4 or more times, each with different prices. Wonder why they do
this? To make sure you buy THEIR product no matter the cost.
If you do a little digging, you will find that majority of these items actually originate from Alibaba (via china manufacturers). On Alibaba, these
items are 1/3 the cost of what they're being sold for on Amazon ... Hint Hint - In case you want to be an amazon seller. But be warned... Majority
of those items are knock off crap!
Amazon is certainly an interesting place.
I will say... Some brands like Scandisk and Kingston, I almost NEVER have any issues with. I did have one bad sim from Sandisk and they quickly sent
me another without issue.
PNY has given me the worst experience on Amazon. Remember when I said that you will often get a crappy first item? Exactly this. But I made sure to
give them a seriously detailed 1 star review for a 64G SD card that had less than half the Read/Write time that was advertised. Bet they didn't think
I would actually benchmark it. After this, they sent me a 128G free of charge that did have the correct Read/Write time as advertised. Though I did
have to argue with them over shipping the original back at my cost, which I refused. After I also refused to remove my 1 star and all the detailed
information I left there with my experience, including the shipping the item back at my cost issue, they sent me the 128 and told me to keep the 64
AND refunded my money.
Remember boys and girls... 5 Stars are crack to amazon sellers!