Learning for Better Living
Buying By Mail
Buying by mail is an easy way for some people to
shop. It saves time and energy, and sometimes money. But
there are times when buying by mail does not make the
To avoid those problems, ask yourself a few simple
questions before placing an order:
- Is the item you want to buy described well in words, not just pictures? Is it really what you want?
- After adding the handling and shipping charges to the regular price, is it still a good buy?
- If not happy with it, can you return the item and get a refund?
- Can you trust the company you are buying from?
Know your rights as a consumer when buying by mail
- The seller must send the item as promised.
- When no date is given, the item must be sent no
later than 30 days. If not, the buyer may cancel the
order and get a quick refund. Unfortunately, not all
companies deliver what they advertise.
- Do not send cash when paying by mail! Send a check or money order.
- Keep a copy of the advertisement, your order and
payment receipt. And keep copies of all letters and
statements between you and the seller.
If you have a problem, ask your local post office to help you. And contact your local or state consumer protection office.
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009