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The top 3 Online Problems of International Shoppers

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
 While Shopping Online can be therapeutic , time saving and an ends to a mean , let us discuss the “dark” side of this worldwide phenomenon! Follow the jump to see some of the challenges we face.

This post was based on real life experiences from real life International Shoppers based on a quick survey I conducted on Facebook  for all of you :-) If you see some of your frustrations please chime in by saying “yes “ or “ hmm mmm” (common Jamaican Frustration sounds) .
Store does not ship to Jamaica: Imagine you just discovered an Online store that has“thebomb.com” trends that suits your budget and more , there is a drop down menu of all the countries they ship to , you scroll down to “J” and you only see “Japan” . Depending on where the store is based , Jamaica is most certainly not considered an “International” country , why are we not on that list?
Shipping takes too long: Let’s not get into the “Sammy Dress” or “David Deal” issue , still waiting . This is mainly for people who shop on Ebay. Usually when you purchase an item , you will see “estimated shipping time/date”  and an actual day. You get all excited that you will get your item at that time , then a month goes by and nothing . You have to go over the entire process , contact the seller and wait for them to resolve an issue that suits them!  Ebay also has this “mystery” policy where they penalize you if there are too many “seller” issues . It’s not your fault that you did not receive the item when it was estimated to come to you.

The Wrong Item is sent: This is another popular mishap from Ebay. I purchased a lovely necklace with gold features because i also purchased a red dress that i thought would“pop” with a necklace with gold in it. When my necklace arrived it had Silver! I was told the necklace was out of stock and they had not updated the system so the Silver was sent . They were however kind enough to offer me a partial refund. Getting a partial refund helped to calm down my frustration , but the actual necklace that was shown in the picture would have been nice.
Shopping Online is a great fun experience , however when things go awry it can easily turn into frustrations.
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17 comments on "The top 3 Online Problems of International Shoppers"
  1. Ugh! That would drive me crazy. Sorry you guys have to deal with that.

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  2. It's so hard to shop online in Canada. The shipping is too expensive for most places to offer deals, and when they do I still can't afford it, So I have to shop within Canada and believe me thats boring! So I dont bother with online much! Lol - Jeanine

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  3. My daughter ordered something from China once. She thought it would be here in a few days just like something shipped in the US. Imagine her disappointment when it took almost a month to get here!

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  4. Tell me about it! I ordered something from Amazon and had no idea it was coming overseas. It is taking forever and it's for my kids who are getting antsy waiting!

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  5. I rarely order shoes online because I often have issues when them fitting properly.

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  6. Yikes! I've only ever shipped to the states but I've encountered these problems. Returning an item is such a drawn out annoying process.

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  7. I don't do ebay anymore too many bad experience with their sellers. I prefer Amazon.

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  8. I have actually been really lucky with online shopping. I've yet (knock on wood) to have a really miserable issue. But, I also tend to stick to online retailers that have a good reputation and that I have used before too.

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  9. It must be very difficult to buy from US retailers when you live in a different country.

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  10. I usually do domestic shopping. :D I can't say this is a problem form me. My husband does international Ebay purchases though. They take forever but otherwise no real issue.

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  11. OMG I used to order stuff from Japan all the time until I realize it took 3-6 weeks to get here. I would love my items but so frustrated tha it would take forever expecially since I really want it...but hey because its so cheap I guess i gotta pay more for my time!

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  12. As a busy mom who works from home, online shopping has become just as natural as going into the store. I have found it to be pretty painless. However, I don't shop for stuff like shoes & clothes for myself since I really need to try a bunch on first before deciding on "the one".

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  13. When I lived in Japan, some of my items took months to get there...lol!! So I totally understand your feelings...lol!! It was like one random day after you had forgotten all about it..it comes in the mail. :)

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  14. I seldom order from Ebay - I have a few ties with no issues.

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  15. I have small feet, so I will order shoes online from time to time. It's really irritating when I find out it'll take weeks for them to get to me because they are coming from who-knows-where.

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  16. I have not ordered from Ebay for a long time because of these issue. Amazon is always on point though.

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  17. OOOOOH Chile don't even get me started...I buy my stuff they get here and everything's broke...hunay listen...I buy my goodies and they get lost in transit...say whut now!

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