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imanonymous




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 12:30 am
I'm using Amazon as an example, but it could be Costco, Amazing Savings, or any similar vendor.

I haven't gone back and looked through my purchases, but I'd guesstimate that it's about 60%. I'm not even counting the things I've returned, just the items I've kept.

The bulk of the 40% are items that I didn't need or weren't helpful. Examples: a visor to cover my toddler's head when bathing (totally didn't work), a washing cup that was supposed to help with the same thing (total bust), a stainless steel water bottle when I decided to do my ecological good deed of the day (used it once), a thermos to take soups and other hot food to work (never toiveled), etc.

Then there are the things I forgot to return so they were a total waste.

How about you? Any strategies to prevent the buildup of such items?
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Mama Bear




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 12:34 am
my amazon purchases are always things I need.
I try not to impulse shop at local stores. but online shopping is usually things I cant get in local stores that I need.
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groisamomma




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 12:35 am
I only order something online if it's something I'd physically need to go to a store to buy. In other words, necessities only. Therefore, I'd venture to say 99.9% of the stuff I buy online are successful. I mean, how can garbage bags and detergent go wrong?
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imanonymous




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 12:37 am
Mama Bear wrote:
my amazon purchases are always things I need.
I try not to impulse shop at local stores. but online shopping is usually things I cant get in local stores that I need.


It's not really impulse shopping, exactly. Many of these things are thought out but just don't end up as planned. For example, I really do need a solution to bathe my toddler.

Also, I shop on Amazon because I don't have time to run out to stores.
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imanonymous




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 12:38 am
groisamomma wrote:
I only order something online if it's something I'd physically need to go to a store to buy. In other words, necessities only. Therefore, I'd venture to say 99.9% of the stuff I buy online are successful. I mean, how can garbage bags and detergent go wrong?


I once bought some spray to take out wrinkles (on Imamother recommendation). They're still sitting in the box Sad that's something I very well could've bought in-store.
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Madam F.




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 12:59 am
Very often I add things to my shopping cart and leave it there for a while and then my urge to buy passes. If its really important ill order it or just end up buying locally. Even so I use amazon a lot. And I always make sure to send back the returns it often sits around a few weeks but I keep in a place where it annoys me so that I shouldnt forget about it. Why shouldnt I get a refund? All these little things add up fast.
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groisamomma




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 1:04 am
imanonymous wrote:
I once bought some spray to take out wrinkles (on Imamother recommendation). They're still sitting in the box Sad that's something I very well could've bought in-store.


Takes out wrinkles from clothing or face? If the latter I would have told you not to waste your money! If from clothes then push yourself to try it once. If it was recommended here then it's probably useful!
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DrMom




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 3:29 am
I only buy things on Amazon that I cannot get locally, or that are significantly more expensive locally... and for which I have a definite use case.

I don't buy much there.
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banana123




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 4:00 am
I only buy on Amazon what I cannot get locally, and only after a lot of research and weighing the various options and products. So about 99% of what I've bought on Amazon is useful to me.
I did buy one thing that is useful but I need to borrow an appliance to use it and haven't done that yet.
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ra_mom




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 8:09 am
I really enjoy my purchases. Sometimes the items I want are too easily available, and maybe I don't need a replacement for the kitchen item that is worn out but usable, maybe I don't need that extra belt for my wardrobe. But I always enjoy the items I buy.

There are times I buy something I want to try to fill a need, and it doesn't work out. Like a special product for acne or a specifically formulated spray for paint stains. But even if it doesn't work out, I had to try, given my need for a solution to an issue and the great reviews the product had. I would have purchased those items at a store to try too, if they had been available.
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lkwdlady




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 8:19 am
I feel like we order something from amazon a few times a week. It’s not only me but I notice my neighbors getting frequent deliveries too.
The only reason I order from amazon is for the convenience of returns. While I do return things often I think I keep most.
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Zehava




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 8:26 am
I do have the occasional thing that is a bust. But over the years I learned what pays and what doesn’t. I barely buy deals anymore unless it’s something I know I’ll use AND it’s a company I know. So by now I’d say 90-95% of what I order I know I’ll use.
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flmommy




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 8:29 am
Close to 100%. If it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to Insend it back.
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Shuly




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 8:31 am
Now that Amazon is free shipping to Israel, I put what I need in my cart and place the order when I have enough things that equal the $49 minimum for free shipping.
There are also free returns so the 2 things that I ordered that didn't fit, I sent back right away.
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Tzutzie




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 8:56 am
99%
Of it doesnt work I send it back
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imanonymous




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 8:58 am
groisamomma wrote:
Takes out wrinkles from clothing or face? If the latter I would have told you not to waste your money! If from clothes then push yourself to try it once. If it was recommended here then it's probably useful!


Clothing. LOL
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imanonymous




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 8:59 am
Tzutzie wrote:
99%
Of it doesnt work I send it back


Sometimes I don't use the item right away, and by the time I realize it doesn't work, it's too late to send it back.
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imanonymous




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 9:04 am
ra_mom wrote:
I really enjoy my purchases. Sometimes the items I want are too easily available, and maybe I don't need a replacement for the kitchen item that is worn out but usable, maybe I don't need that extra belt for my wardrobe. But I always enjoy the items I buy.

There are times I buy something I want to try to fill a need, and it doesn't work out. Like a special product for acne or a specifically formulated spray for paint stains. But even if it doesn't work out, I had to try, given my need for a solution to an issue and the great reviews the product had. I would have purchased those items at a store to try too, if they had been available.


I think that's what I'm talking about, ra_mom. I may order an extra accessory or whatever, and that I'll usually either enjoy or return. I'm referring to items that are supposed to help with a specific issue and don't work out despite great reviews.
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Chayalle




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 9:31 am
Like everyone else, most of my amazon purchases are things like tissues, flossers, toothpaste, detergent, etc....basics in the brands that my household already uses/likes.

The things I've returned are more like clothing items. For example, I ordered sweatshirts for my girls (that I plan on turning into Purim costumes with the use of iron-ons) and the sizes were totally off - they were enormous - so they are going back.
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ra_mom




 
 
 
 

Post  Fri, Jan 17 2020, 10:46 am
Zehava wrote:
I do have the occasional thing that is a bust. But over the years I learned what pays and what doesn’t. I barely buy deals anymore unless it’s something I know I’ll use AND it’s a company I know. So by now I’d say 90-95% of what I order I know I’ll use.

Same. I buy when I need not based on sales.
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