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    Re: Online Purchases. Do you buy online and if so, how?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikodo View Post
    @ sonicwind. I hadn't heard of such a service. It sounds good. I'll have to start asking around in Canada, for a similar service.
    I should have mentioned that it can also be used for recurring payments. This is important because one of the most annoying things today is subscribing to something, and then finding out the service/company makes it hard to quit when you want to. With ShopSafe, I just go into my account and cut the funds off by cancelling that disposable recurring $$.

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    Re: Online Purchases. Do you buy online and if so, how?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikodo View Post
    Yes, I realised after I posted it was the wrong forum. Instead of putting in an addendum requesting a Mod to move it to the Cafe, I left it figuring, if any wanted it moved they would. Yes, it's a vague question. I expected most would understand my 'fear's' of buying online. I guess I should have thrown in the words, THEFT OF FUNDS. Oh, well. No, I don't fear I am going to suddenly go berserk and become financially stupid with my money.

    There are some things I want to buy online. Like products I can no longer find in local stores but are available online. Others, that are certainly cheaper online, than buying local. Also, I want to buy a desktop computer from System76 and the 27'" IPS screen they offer. It is not a small purchase so, I may have to use my credit card that has a higher limit than that will cost.

    So, I was wondering how others manage their online shopping. Not how I should care for my finances. I was asking what people do, to see what options they use, that might be more palatable for me that I hadn't thought of doing.

    Thanks, everyone.
    Sorry if it seems I was calling you stupid. It was not my intention. I'm not saying you are stupid, but the way you phrased the opening, and the fact that you have "fear's" make it seems like you are not familiar with credit card use, and banking, and that typically leads to bad money management and overspending. I think this is the reason many teenagers and young adults go into debt; they almost feel credit cards is "free" money.

    For example, I find it odd you don't mention credit card limits, like the options the users here mentioned. As I said, banks want you to spend money, so they want to facilitate the process of you spending it. But if you have doubts, talk to them, and they will offer you services such as those limited credit cards, which would give you more peace of mind. I think you could even have a card that is closed to all electronic transactions, then call the bank explicitly before a major purchase, and say "hey, I'm doing a transaction for a significant amount of $2000, by this vendor, please authorize it". I guess this is extreme, but whatever makes you comfortable.

    If you are buying from System76, don't they sell Linux? Open source people are usually the most honest. You could call them or message them, they may even accommodate a different payment plan, maybe direct transfer, instead of using a card? Maybe four smaller payments instead of a single payment? Would that be preferable? People who run businesses should facilitate you paying them, be that by card, bank transfer, or a pigeon carrying Spanish doubloons. That's one of the reason Bitcoin and similar systems are appearing, because it makes it so that a single transaction is confirmed by multiple parties, and thus a single party, say, a store, cannot arbitrarily charge you whatever they want.

    Quote Originally Posted by poorguy View Post
    Perhaps the OP is considering buying a new copy of Linux from OSDisc.com and wondered how some of the other forum members made their purchases online from them.

    Any how I use an account which only has the necessary amount of money in for my CC purchases and then do it through PP and have been fortunate to not have any problems so far.

    I agree with the fact that there is risk involved but even in person the risk is still there as anyone you give your card to can retrieve enough of your info to make purchases on your account.
    He he. Are you advertising?

    Yeah, even in person using a card there is risk. Technically, using a card is always an electronic transaction, even if you are right there in the store. Which is why I mentioned using cash. If you really cannot trust the electronic transfer of money, you should probably stick to cash and Spanish doubloons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vocx View Post
    Sorry if it seems I was calling you stupid. It was not my intention. I'm not saying you are stupid, but the way you phrased the opening, and the fact that you have "fear's" make it seems like you are not familiar with credit card use, and banking, and that typically leads to bad money management and overspending. I think this is the reason many teenagers and young adults go into debt; they almost feel credit cards is "free" money.

    For example, I find it odd you don't mention credit card limits, like the options the users here mentioned. As I said, banks want you to spend money, so they want to facilitate the process of you spending it. But if you have doubts, talk to them, and they will offer you services such as those limited credit cards, which would give you more peace of mind. I think you could even have a card that is closed to all electronic transactions, then call the bank explicitly before a major purchase, and say "hey, I'm doing a transaction for a significant amount of $2000, by this vendor, please authorize it". I guess this is extreme, but whatever makes you comfortable.

    If you are buying from System76, don't they sell Linux? Open source people are usually the most honest. You could call them or message them, they may even accommodate a different payment plan, maybe direct transfer, instead of using a card? Maybe four smaller payments instead of a single payment? Would that be preferable? People who run businesses should facilitate you paying them, be that by card, bank transfer, or a pigeon carrying Spanish doubloons. That's one of the reason Bitcoin and similar systems are appearing, because it makes it so that a single transaction is confirmed by multiple parties, and thus a single party, say, a store, cannot arbitrarily charge you whatever they want.


    Yeah, even in person using a card there is risk. Technically, using a card is always an electronic transaction, even if you are right there in the store. Which is why I mentioned using cash. If you really cannot trust the electronic transfer of money, you should probably stick to cash and Spanish doubloons.
    No worries. I'm a senior citizen used to paying cash or using a bank debit card. Conversation and thoughts like yours are helping me to learn the way of online transactions.

    Pigeons and Spanish doubloons? hehe

    Addendum. Oh, I did talk to my bank, (actually a Credit Union) on limited amount of funds on a charge card and they told me that they didn't have such. Just a set set limit, which is static. Maybe I will walk across the street and see what the next institution's financial adviser has to offer me. Truthfully, I usually park in their parking lot, as they are a lot less busy and have parking spots available usually. Maybe they are smaller and 'trying harder' to win customers. A few quick phone calls to the other banks in town, shouldn't be a hard thing to do either.

    Thanks.
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    Re: Online Purchases. Do you buy online and if so, how?

    Quote Originally Posted by sonicwind View Post
    I should have mentioned that it can also be used for recurring payments. This is important because one of the most annoying things today is subscribing to something, and then finding out the service/company makes it hard to quit when you want to. With ShopSafe, I just go into my account and cut the funds off by cancelling that disposable recurring $$.
    Thanks. I'll be sure to inquire of what ever service I do use, if they have recurring payments and make sure I can cancel it.
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    Re: Online Purchases. Do you buy online and if so, how?

    Yep!

    Lots of good advice. I can see the 'writing on the wall'.

    - Purchasing online is, 'the way of the future'. In many ways it is here now.
    - It will be a major convenience for me. Especially, as I get older and want to buy what I want, and not just what the close-by store sells.

    I can feel those 'fears' beginning to dissipate already, and I haven't even done anything yet.

    Thank you.
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    Re: Online Purchases. Do you buy online and if so, how?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikodo View Post
    - Purchasing online is, 'the way of the future'. In many ways it is here now.
    lol were all going to be like those fat and lazy people in WALL-E, sitting on our mobile easy chairs, ordering online and the robots will deliver our goods to us.

    I'm already am fat and I'm going to be fatter in the future lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikodo View Post
    Hi.

    Call me Paranoid/Stupid or whatever you want. I have a real hard time buying online. The times I have in the past when I have had to, like paying professional fees that are only accepting online purchasing, I have always used Vanilla Cards.

    Thing is, there are so many things online now, that are enticing in pricing and availability of options, that I want to do something. I have a credit card but truthfully, I am afraid to use it online. I want to, but ...

    If you buy online, what do you use?
    I don't have an issue buying online. not anymore. a couple of reasons for that.

    when buying localy i am protected by various and very efficient laws, plus i can choose payment on arrival (so i would pay to the delivery agent or postman).

    aside from the safe payment method for local purchase, the laws are there to protect consumer. you can return any item for whatever reason within 14 days from purchase and the company must return the money. the item must be returned in original packaging (can be opened) and undamaged (it just has to be undamaged). if they fail to do that, you can complain to the commerce inspector. which means the company that sent the item will get a hefty fine plus they will need to give money back or they will face increasing fines and further investigation into criminal activities.

    so far all companies have no issue with returns. i imagine most people do not return the item. i had to retun a GPU card last year as i couldnt' get it working on the PC. it worked on another one but that was not the point. they didn't make any fuss about it.

    similar laws are in effect all over EU. so i also do not have an issue buying from other EU countries.

    China is another matter. i only buy from aliexpress as i am quite pleased how they handle any claims, fake or faulty products. if the supplier is not cooperating they will take over and resolve it in a fair way. usually the cusotmer is right. the payment in such shops is usually with credit card.

    one can do a few things to secure those. one level of security is provided by the card company. they will check & call for every larger transaction, they also offer SMS to mobile phone service for every card transaction + the card is insured (only in this case you need to prove the funds were actually stolen). additionally i would usually reduce my purchase limit, so if it get's stolen i can still live with it until the insurance returns the money.

    now if that isn't enough and if you still feel a bit paranoid, one can use a prepaid credit card. not sure if this is the vanila card some mention here, but basically you would transfer money to this card form your account and only then do the pruchase. so you can transgfer say 100 EUR and you can use the card until you spend the 100 EUR. after that, you need to top it up again.

    Paypal is kind of similar and relatively safe method as well. the only issue here is that i think you are loading form credit card account. perhaps someone could use that info if they hack it?!

    also for local and EU purchases i would sometimes use a payment in advance method. this is when i do not really trust the site with my credit card info (say very small site or i spot security lapses). it is a classic payment with proforma invoice and then i would trasnfer money to their accoount in the pruchase value. again withing EU it is a non issue as i am protected with other laws regarding delivery time, quality of materials etc.

    countries i shopped from online so far: UK, Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Austria, Germany and of course my home country Slovenia.


    BTW airplane tickets for long distance flights can have huge discounts if you purchase them online, so it is well worth it. e.g. last time i saved over 500 EUR when buying 4 airplane tickets online.
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    Re: Online Purchases. Do you buy online and if so, how?

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    Re: Online Purchases. Do you buy online and if so, how?

    mikodo - You may have more luck calling around to Canadian credit card companies for such a service. While it is Bank of America that offers ShopSafe here, I don't have a Bank of America bank account. I just have one of their credit cards. I hate the company in general, but ShopSafe is worth having their card for. Call the major Canadian credit card providers and inquire about whether they offer disposable credit card services for their online accounts.

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    Re: Online Purchases. Do you buy online and if so, how?

    Yes, I purchase online. I use Paypal. If the site doesn't offer that option, I go elsewhere. Bit like giving your mafia boss granddad the money and they pay because if there are any problems, Paypal will harass the seller and get you a refund or replacement.

    One word of advice with Paypal, though. If you're shopping in your own country, all good. If you're shopping overseas Paypal will NEVER give you the REAL exchange rate. Always a few cents short, but guess they gotta make their money somewhere.

    Now days I just don't use a Visa card or any other card directly with any online seller. Paypal has my details and that is risk enough! At least that is not shared, at least not yet!
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