If you’ve ever ordered something online and waited anxiously for it to arrive, only to be disappointed in what you received, you’re not alone. We have all experienced the ups and downs of online shopping. It’s time to admit that there are things that just aren’t meant to be bought on the internet, both for safety and convenience (listen, returning a sofa is no small feat !).
So put down that credit card and stay away from the computer mouse, because you better buy all those items in person. Not convinced? Well, just promise us that you’ll use these tips to weigh the pros and cons of shopping online versus going to a store to pick out an item. Happy, hopefully no shopping!
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For health and safety reasons, you should always seek medical advice for any condition and obtain prescriptions from a reliable pharmacy.
Hear us out: colors on a screen can only be so accurate. Seeing your chosen wall color in person is a great way to spend your time.
Boats, large and small, can be a complicated purchase. When you buy through a professional dealer, they will help you navigate your design options, price issues, and any questions you may have.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. It’s probably a good idea to see a potential new home in person before you make an offer.
If you’ve been using the same brand of foundation for years, buy it online. But if you’re trying something new, stepping into the store will help you choose the perfect color match.
You can’t tell how bright (or bright) a light fixture is in person. Save yourself a headache and go to your local lighting store.
A word comes to mind here: Samples. Flooring stores offer endless options that aren’t always available online. Also, it’s one thing to see a photo of a wooden floor, but quite another to stand on it and see how the light reflects off it in real time.
When you want to have fun, why not make it an experience? Besides the pleasure of going to the store, you can find out the designer’s policy regarding damage or returns from the sales associate.
It can be dangerous to buy pets online because there are a ton of scammers out there. The Better Business Bureau has estimated that 80 percent online pet advertisements are fraudulent.
There’s no way to test drive a car online, so in-person shopping is a must. These discs can help you determine how the vehicle feels and if it is right for you.
When it comes to furniture where comfort is key, you should test it out for yourself, if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of a return, of course.
As with prescription drugs, you should buy workout supplements from a store when possible. There are many third-party sellers, some selling counterfeit or expired products.
Unless you’re buying in bulk, you’ll only save shipping costs by going to your local liquor store for your wine. You might even mark a bottle on sale!
Sure, it can come with freezer packs, but if it’s not packed well, be prepared for a total waste of a shipment. A melted pint won’t do you any good!
Or really any plumbing fixture. Because these items need to be installed, a professional can help you find the right size and shape for your bathroom.
With such a large purchase, you should check it out in person before making a decision. This is something you or your partner will wear forever, so every detail has to be perfect.
Similar to engagement rings, you don’t want to risk getting ripped off on an expensive purchase like this. Instead, head to a local jeweler you can trust.
Whether you’re refueling for a barbecue or starting a water heater, propane tanks are highly flammable and can be dangerous to ship. To really make sure you’re handling it safely, stock up at your local hardware store and slowly take it home.
Major Kitchen Appliances
Buying a new refrigerator, oven or dishwasher without seeing it is a big risk. To really get an idea of how appliances will fit into your home design, head to the store.
Especially if your laundry room is smaller, the best way to determine if a model will work for your space is to see it in person.
If you’re spending a lot of money on an in-ground pool, you should meet with specialists to plan the size, shape, and details in person to make sure nothing slips through the cracks.
Any musician can tell you there’s nothing better than playing in a music store. Feel the guitar in your hands, hit the piano keys, test the drums, why skip this part?
If you’re investing in a piece of art, be careful and go to a gallery to make sure you don’t get scammed or ripped off with a fake.
Cameras can be expensive and confusing. Your local camera store can be a big help in narrowing down your best options, depending on what you need and what you’re willing to invest.
Think about it: do you have really want someone else to pick your apples and avocados? Okay, we know, sometimes it’s convenient. But don’t be surprised if you find bruises!
A good bike is a matter of looks. Make sure you get the chrome accents and quality leather seats you’re looking for by heading to the dealership.
While it’s possible (and quite convenient) to buy shoes online, running shoes should fit properly to avoid blisters and injuries. If you’re buying a new style, a salesperson can help you find the right brand and size for your foot shape.
Because someone else has owned the garment you are purchasing, there may be some wear, stains, or stretched fabric that is not apparent in a photo.
Similar to vintage clothing, old sheets may have holes or stains that are hidden by creases in online photos. In person it is!
Unless you are absolutely sure you know your prescription, go to the optician. It can be dangerous to walk or drive with blurred vision, so getting it right is a must.
Sure, the speaker you found online looks sleek, but what about? his? The only way to find out is to hear it for yourself in the store.
Unless it’s a scent you already know and love, samples are a must when it comes to picking out a new scent. Also, some stores don’t allow returns on opened bottles, so it’s best to play it safe.
Sometimes photos online don’t do fabric colors justice. Going to the fabric store will help, and an employee can cut the exact amount you need for your project. No more overspending on extra waste you’ll never use.
Tailor-made or made-to-measure clothing
Even if you know all your measurements, going to a professional tailor will ensure that your item fits you perfectly.
You can buy adjustable hats online, but baseball caps without snaps or Velcro can be tricky. Sometimes the best option is to go to the sporting goods store and try on the sizes for yourself.
If you’re looking to add some greenery to your space, head to your local nursery. That way, you’ll know you’re bringing home a plant that’s already thriving.
It wouldn’t be the magic of Christmas without traversing the farm to find the perfect tree.
Nothing beats the experience of walking into a cigar shop and smelling the aroma. If you’re buying a gift, an employee can help you choose the right option and offer expert advice to pass on to the recipient.
Save yourself the time of cutting the materials yourself and go to your local lumber or hardware store. Most can measure everything for you, or at least help you choose exactly what you need.
Obviously, you shouldn’t buy anything illegal, online or not. But if you need more inducements, it could land your credit card information on the dark web, where hackers could take advantage.
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