Originally Posted by hakstone
Recently, I purchased Black Sabbath:Paranoid. It was labeled SACD. I knew it wasn't the japan version because it wasn't as expensive. Turns out it's the 2009 cd/dvd. I've returned the item and it was signed for on 3/14. It's 3/26 and no refund. I used paypal thinking this would be the exact reason to do so. Nothing but automated responses.<br><br>
Getting tired of being ripped off.
importcds.com is not the first or the last internet seller with occasional mistakes in product descriptions. I have bought hundreds of items over the years from various sellers and I've encountered a share of problems in this regard. Little workers-ants who toil in these companies do not get paid a lot and they make mistakes due to being overworked. The savings on salaries is projected into low prices for buyers. importcds has, I would say, unbeatable prices across the board. I had one problem with them, a DVD got loose from its plastic anchor during the shipment and as a result it got scratched. The company sent me a new one, very promptly after I offered a proof of damage.
We do not live in a 100% world, nothing works to 100% efficiency, not even Mercedes Benz or BMW company. You should expect to encounter about 1% failure in your purchases on the internet. That is a very small tax to pay for the money you save, when you do not have to pay prices which include costs of running a real store with many employees in prime locations. Buying on internet you still end up ahead in savings, even with hitches like you encountered. And I presume your problem was solved, in the end.
As a rule one should check, before buying, :
A - A company or a label publishing or releasing an item
B - The date of a release
C - The the product number of an item being sold, either a barcode number
- UPC [ Universal Product Code ]
- EAN [ European Article Number ]
- ASIN [ Amazon Standard Identification Number ]
- JAN [ Japanese Article Number ]
- GTIN [ Global Trade Item Number ]
1 - google amazon.com Help: Locating Product Identifiers
2 - google amazon.ca What are UPCs, EANs, ISBNs. and ASINs?
or a [COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"][COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]catalog number
[/COLOR][/COLOR] [A must !]
- google musicians.about.com Catalog Number
An example :
- google ' artist.cdjournal.com 4109011576 ' and then click on the artist.cdjournal.com link
You can see : Label, Label Catalog Number [Standard part number]and Release Date. The barcode number is missing
If you go by either the EAN Number or by the Catalog Number you know what you are buying and you cannot miss.
- google ' gemm.com Harris, Emmylou - Wrecking Ball: Special Edition (CV) ' and then click on the title of this album
Again, you can see Label, Label Catalog Number [Release Number] and UPC number. The release date is missing.
By the way, both these albums are two of the essential albums of the 20th century to have.