Buying CD's online, is it worth it?
Rock n World Managing Editor, Keavin Wiggins
You may have heard
horror Stories from people concerning buying CD's online. That might bring
to mind the questions:
Is it safe?
Is it affordable?
Is it worth it?
Are there any hidden
The purpose of this
editorial is to answer those questions. I first found myself having
to turn to an online CD store a year ago after a mail order CD outlet ripped
me off, and my local CD retailers could not special order the import disc,
I was searching for. So I did a little investigation, I first asked friends
if they had experience purchasing CD's online, luckily a few had. Then
I did a search for online CD stores. It took a while because the search
engine returned a million results. I finally found one. I did a search
on the web site for the Disc I was searching for, and found a listing.
I did notice that unlike other CD's on the artist page this one did not
have the in-stock message next to the title. So I found an email link and
sent the cd store a message, asking if the CD was in stock and if not how
long it would take to get it. The next day I got a response, and was told
that they could get the CD within 4 to 6 weeks. I didn't want to wait that
long, so I searched some more, came across 3 CD store web pages, that had
the disc listed but not in stock. Then I refined my search using the word
import as well as "purchase", "The artist name", and "CD title". I did
find a small online store that had the CD in stock, so I filled out the
order form, and notices at the bottom of the page that the shipping and
handling was $30.00 on top of the $35.00 for the import CD. I finally said
forget it and gave up.
A week later I was
on a fan page, and noticed a banner ad for a large online CD Store. I went
to their page, and found the CD in stock, and checked the shipping terms,
it was $4.00 for U.S. Priority mail, and the CD was only $25.00. So I ordered
it, and three days later I was enjoying it in my CD player.
Since then I have
tried a few online CD Stores, I find they have a wider selection than local
retail stores, their prices are lower, and most of them are honest about
their terms, such as shipping, the amount of time it will take to
receive your order. Some even have real audio samples of the CD's so the
songs can be sampled before forking over you hard earned dollars for a
CD with one good song on it. Additionally I have ordered from some smaller
sites as well, and have been equally satisfied, But I learned to ask any
questions I might have before placing the order such as:
Most online stores will
be honest, and helpful, because they know if they make you happy with the
first order you will be back for more.
Is the item in stock?
How much is shipping?
How long will it take
to get my order?
Is there a handling
or processing charge?
Is the store located
in my state? If so how much is the local rate for sales tax.
What are their return,
and cancellation policies?
Do they offer a guarantee?
Until next time,
keep rock'n and happy shopping.