I went through a phase my freshmen year of college where I was addicted to the popular online auction and shopping website eBay. I only actually bought a few items using the site, but that was all that was necessary to realize that it could be quite detrimental to my sense of well-being. I think it was after one particular morning – when I spent my entire 10am philosophy class in an anxiety-stricken panic because the auction for the discounted designer bag I had been eying all week would end well before the day’s lecture on Lucretius would, and I happened to currently have the highest bid – that I decided to end the obsession right then and there before my grades began to suffer and I began to count down the hours and minutes of my days in the following manner: 1h 27min left in the auction, 1h 13m left in class, equals 14min to get from Callaway Hall to a computer at the student center to place the winning bid.
Besides the ultimate disappointment in myself that came with the realization that I had fallen victim to such a self-indulgent act, I never really had any problems in relation to the site itself. Today during my lunch break, however, I happened to hear a story from a co-worker (thank you Courtney for unknowingly providing the inspiration for today’s blog!) that made me consider the negative consequences of using such a purchasing outlet. Courtney’s boyfriend had recently sold his used iPhone through eBay. In the description he made sure to disclose that there were scratches on the product and that he could provide additional pictures of the item if requested, but that the iPhone was completely non-refundable after purchased. To make a long story short, the purchaser claimed that there were more scratches than described and requested a refund despite the clear disclosure that the transaction was to be final, resulting in a dispute that has yet to be resolved. Now I am not trying to criticize eBay or the use of other similar online shopping sites, (as I mentioned earlier I never had any transactional problems like this with any of my purchases) but the situation made me think about how reliable and consumer-friendly the processes are for ordering promotional products here at Pinnacle Promotions.
At Pinnacle Promotions, consumers are assigned to dedicated account teams to guide them throughout the entire buying experience. We offer the highest quality promotional products too and stand by our Pinnacle Platinum Guarantee™, ensuring that each order arrives on-time and exactly as it was approved or we will re-run your order or refund your money. You can stick to eBay if you want the thrill of the auction and can accept the consequences of being unsatisfied with your purchase, but if you want to shop with confidence, you can trust Pinnacle Promotions for all of your promotional product and imprinted apparel needs.
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