Here are a few easy steps to ensure you purchase quality wines on line.
1. ebay is a well run, organised operation that is supposed to make buying and selling easy and hassle free. All the best run businesses can experience problems so if something does go wrong in the purchasing process, you need to be able to get in touch with someone easily. Therefore make sure the listing has the following contact details:
- Business Name
- Contact Person
- Business Address
- Telephone Number
(I would not purchase anything on line if a telephone number is not listed.)
2. Read the Item description to make sure you know what you are bidding on / purchasing.
3. Look at the feedback profile in detail. Don't just look at the total number of feedbacks. Actually read some of them to see what previous purchasers have written.
4. Check the size of the bottles. Be careful of bidding on what looks like an absolute bargain only to find out that you have purchased a carton of Picolos (200ml bottles) or half bottles (375ml bottles). The normal size of a bottle of wine is 750ml.
5. Look at the postage / delivery costs. Some wines look to be a bargain but the postage charge is three times what it should be. Don't deal with businesses trying to make a profit on the delivery process.
6. Be careful of listings that state "pick up allowed" only to find that there is a "processing fee" when you arrive to pick up your purchase. I have heard of a $50 pick fee being charged on a $150 item!
7. Check the Guarantee / Return Policy of the business. Don't accept less than a 100% guarantee.
8. Take into account "Price Reality". If it is too cheap - it probably isn't worth drinking.