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In my telescope: Internet Purchasing and How It Works
30 Aug 2010
[In Afrikaans]

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Pot-Shot thanks its readers for their good feedback on hunting product prices. It has necessitated further investigation into how internet purchasing works. A reader has also shared his pesonal experience with us.

There are very few internet puchasing sites that are aimed at hunters. Here is Pot-Shot's list:

Packrat
iWarehouse
Technopro
Zimbibooks
Gunsite
Safari& Outdoor

Portals such as Oneshop and BidorBuy are not included here. At his stage it also goes for bow hunters, because they are much more active on the net and there are more of them available.

The normal business model for an internet shop is:

"¢ It has very little if any stock in store
"¢ Investment is in software to place the shop on the internet
"¢ Whoever buys on the internet is effectively placing an order
"¢ The supplier delivers the order to the customer.

The internet shop is cheaper, because it does not keep stock or needs huge premises for storage. Safari & Outdoor is however an exception to this rule as they are a fully stocked shop as well.

The customer has to be patient. He cannot simply drive to the internet shop as it does not keep any stock.

Payment is also not uniform. There are some that only require a credit card or Paypal, while others require registration before buying. Others, such as Packrat, allow clients to organise payment telephonically by EFT. All these methods of payment are reasonably secure.

It is important to take note of what is included in the price and what is not. It is common cause that delivery is not included. However, ensure that GST is included in the price.

Next time we"ll discuss the overseas internet sites.

Hennie Zaayman shared the following with us:

After Pot-Shot's debate on the subject he decided to visit the internet for window shopping. There he came across Bowstuff.co.za and last Monday he fingered the two specific products that he needed and which he could acquire at less than the price at his local hunting shop.

The price of the Rage Broadhead Storage Box was R95 and that of the Rage 2 Blade Broadheads was R345. There and then Hennie decided this was worth it.

But when he wanted to place his order on Thursday morning, the price had suddenly escalated to R159 and R449 respectively - a giant leap with a double somersault of 67% and 30% respectively.

Bow Stuff's response to Hennie's dilemma was: "Our Rage supplier drastically upped his prices about a month ago and never informed us about it. We sold all the Rage products at a loss over the past month and we lost thousands of rand. (It is "outrageous"!). It was only on Monday that we discovered it and we had to adjust our prices.

"We apologise for the inconvenience! I can offer you a 5% discount though if you pay by EFT (no card) and free delivery."�

To which Hennie replied: "Thank you for the offer, but my local bow hunting shop's prices are much more in line with your original prices. I accept that you do not hold stock, otherwise you would not have suffered such a great loss as you would probably have known at what price you bought your supplies."�

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