Oh the Internet

Last night, while surfing the web, searching for information on how to fix my bathroom faucet, I came across a store that sells them at “cut-throat” prices over the internet. Sounds too good to be true, it usually is. I was automatically drawn to the images of the very faucet that matches mine almost perfectly, and beside it, in bold writing, was this amazing price too. I was happy, thinking that I scored big-time as the prices for that very item locally were priced ten times much more. I even had my pre-paid credit card at the ready.

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I have been scammed before, both from local businesses, and over the Internet, so I learned a few things before I started typing out my credit card number. When dealing with online buying, such as EvilBay and other sites, it is the shipping that usually hits you with the huge costs. In this case, the price was a fraction of what it should be worth, but the shipping was 400 percent more than what it should have been also. Since the seller was in the U.S.A., I decided to email them, asking if I could pay with a Canadian credit card, and have it shipped to my U.S. address just across the boarder. With in a few hours I received an email back stating that it was against their policy for them to ship for Canadians to a “third party address” in the U.S., and that it was even against the law (in Canada) to do this. Okay, my B.S. detector went off the scale. There is no law; pure bunk.

So I promptly emailed them back apologising that becuase of their shipping cost, I would decline to purchase–I was no longer interested, and added that I found another American seller who would meet my needs. I thought that this would be the end of it from them.

Yesterday they emailed me back stating that they would report me to Canadian authorities, that I was trying to trick them in avoiding paying Custom and Sale Tax into Canada. I just about fell off of my chair after reading it from laughing so hard. I thought about it for a few minutes and decided not to bother with a response. Then around 6:00pm I received another email from them, “We have sent a complaint to your local law authorities…” O.key, I fired back an email, “Please quit SPAMMING ME! STOP IT at once!”

I am not sure how many people they have suckered into this, but I put their email address on my email kill list so I do not have to be bothered hitting the delete key all the time. But these people seem to be sore losers when the scammed catch them at their game and fight back. So watch out for the welcome signs, and those too good to be true ads–they are 99 percent of the time are just that–too good to be true.

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