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onday, I took the plunge and went looking for a new car. Our "Grand Am" was getting a bit "long in the tooth", and we felt it was time for a change.
We went to a number of dealers, found a make and model we liked, and started to shop price. We got so many conflicting prices, I came home and felt like I had been put through a wringer.
But, after a bit, I settled down and decided to let the web do some of the work for me. I called all the dealers and asked them to fax me a copy of the window stickers of the make and model I was interested in. Lo and Behold - all were exactly the same. So why the big disparity in the offering prices?
Then I remembered - http://giggo.com/ - and immediately called it up. I entered the make and model of the vehicle I was looking for, and not only got the window sticker prices, but also what the dealer paid for the vehicle and the accessory packages . One dealer actually tried to charge us $5,000 over his cost.
I then looked up the resale value of the "Grand Am", and armed with this information and the dealer cost, went back to bargain. When all was said and done, I got $1,000 more for the "Grand Am" than they were offering, and paid $100 over dealer cost for the new one. Sure, I know they have dealer incentives and rebates. The dealer couldn't stay in business very long only making $100 per sale. But I did know I was probably paying a fair price.
Flashback - Last fall, I needed new filters for our humidifier and couldn't find them locally. Back to the web - after a bit of searching I found the company that manufactured them. A quick call to their "800" number and found a dealer that carried them.
Many of us surf the web for many different reasons, but it is a great resource as well. It is possible to research a company, product or service.
Looking to relocate or buy a house? What better way to find out about an area you are considering? Check out the web sites of the local Chamber of Commerce or real estate agencies in the area. You can get information about the taxes, the type of community it is, the schools, the climate and all the other things you need to know.
Want the honest truth about a business opportunity? Check out some of the discussion groups under their name - you won't find much "sugar coating" there.
The point I'm trying to make here is simplistic. The web provides us with a great resource, and if you don't use it, you are missing a good bet. But like anything else, you have to use common sense. The "scamsters" have also found the web and all the crooked deals they perpetrated before the web, are still being done. The only difference is they are reaching a whole lot more people, much faster.
Years ago, when someone got scammed they may have "fussed and fumed" a bit, but times are a "changin". Now, many of these same people who were scammed, figure if they get a few others to "bite" on the same deal that bit them, maybe they can earn their money back. Isn't it amazing that the anonymity of the web can also cloud someone's judgement, and a person who is basically an upright citizen in real life can suddenly become a scamster on the net.
The Web is a great place for "Getting it Together", but remember it is a resource, nothing more, nothing less. You have to use the same care there as anyplace else - maybe more so.
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