I don’t know about you but on line shopping seems to me to be a bit of a lottery, most of the time it is perfectly safe but on the odd occasion you can get ripped off – especially if you don’t keep you wits about you. Take for example the time my girlfriend tried to buy her father an iPod Nano for his birthday. She looked around online and found it at a really cheap price on a website she had never heard of. She thought nothing of it and bought it using a VISA debit card, not a credit card, and the money left her bank directly. She waited patiently for a few weeks for her Nano to turn up in the post but it never arrived. She decided to check her email and sent one back to their ‘customer service’ asking for some clarification on the situation. This email bounced back as ‘non delivered’ so she tried to access the website that she bought it from directly and discovered that it had been removed without trace! Needless to say, when she told me about it I was extremely annoyed – not just at the scammers but at her for using a debit card online without knowing the company she was buying from! As far as I was concerned, that was the biggest mistake.
With that story in mind, I decided to buy my pet cat some cat furniture so I went online to look to see what was available and at what price it could be bought for. There was lots of competing sites but the best one I found was www.pouncingcat.com. One of the things that really appealed to me was that they fulfilled all their orders through Amazon.com so I had absolute belief that with such a partner as Amazon my money was safe and the item would be what I had ordered. Their reputation really does mean a lot. Needless to say, I placed my order and my item turned up two days later so my faith in online shopping and fraud has now been renewed!