FREE SPEECH ZONE | Not such a bargain


They say there’s a sucker born every minute, but it might be more accurate to say that everyone’s a sucker for a minute. My minute came last month, when I ordered a pair of sunglasses from The site looked (and continues to look) sketchy, so I did a little homework: I Googled the site’s name. I somehow missed this complaint, and went ahead and PayPal-ed a not insignificant amount of money that was still $50 less than reputable sellers were charging for the item I was seeking to purchase. Bad call on my part.

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A month later, no sunglasses. No confirming e-mail from—except for the e-mail from PayPal confirming the payment—and the “staff” are not responding to phone messages. I have no one to blame but myself, and I blame no one but myself. (Okay, maybe I blame just a little bit.) I’m not going to waste any more time pursuing; I’m going to find a known seller, pony up the retail price, and count this as a learning experience. But first, I’m going to exercise my right to free speech and share a little advice with those of you who have found this article by Googling Don’t walk—run.