Online shopping makes life easier. There’s no doubt about that. But what about when it doesn’t? Depending on the retailer, returns can be a huge hassle, and some make it difficult for you to prove that an item was received in poor condition or wasn’t what you ordered.
With most purchases, the reward outweighs the risk. However, when online shopping, just because you can buy an item without leaving your home, doesn’t mean you should. Here are a few things that aren’t worth buying online.
There’s no way to tell if a car, or any vehicle, actually works unless you drive it. Since you can’t test drive a vehicle online, purchasing that way is risky. Also, most used car-buying advice tells you to have a mechanic look at the car before you buy it. There’s no way you can do that without having access to the car in-person.
Besides, what’s more fun than a test drive? How else will you know that you enjoy driving the car, that it is comfortable, and has the features you want? (See also: 5 Times You Can Score a Great Deal on a New Car)
With all of the places out there that treat animals terribly — think puppy mills and unlicensed breeders — buying online is a huge gamble. After all, if you don’t see where the animals were raised and get a clue as to how they were cared for, your sweet ball of fluff could arrive with a terrible and costly disease.
Plus, meeting a pet in-person helps you determine if their personality is a good fit for you and your family. The only way to find out about that is to see the animal before you buy or adopt. (See also: The 8 Best Pets for Frugal Animal Lovers)
3. Real estate
Buying any sort of property should be done in-person, even if you have to travel to see it. Unless you…
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