Whitey would much rather do his shopping in person.
Whitey would much rather do his shopping in person.

Buying on the net a risky business

MORE proof the internet is rocking our world beyond recognition came with this week’s woes for two leading booksellers.

Borders is a Yankee original, but Angus and Robertson has been an Aussie institution since 1884 and outlasted wars, competition and numerous recessions.

But unless a solution is found, a combination of cyberspace, credit card and pricing means another worthy local enterprise bites the dust.

Last Christmas, I bought myself the Stieg Larsson Millennium Trilogy in a boxed set for $80 over the counter.

In post-Chrissie sales, the price was slashed to $45 . . . tempered somewhat by discovering all three could have been purchased online from overseas for no more than $18 landed in this country.

And one of the on-staff mums said yesterday she could import a pair of soccer boots from England via the net for $37, or purchase them from a local shop for $140. Add that to the list of local business owners’ woes my colleagues reported today.

Uber-retailer Gerry Harvey was jumping up and down recently about what untaxed goods purchased online were doing to his business empire.

Boy . . . didn’t Gerry cop undeserved flak when he should have been hailed as a prophet.

At the risk of being termed a luddite, I intend to resist using the internet for buying goods for as long as there is breath in my body and believe any rational person should think the same.

It’s got nothing to do with price or the ability to use a credit card or computer. However, it’s got everything to do with security protection.

B-b-b-b-baby, y-y-y-y-you ain’t seen nothin’ yet, when it comes to the scams, fraud and dishonesty of breathtaking degrees likely to hit the consumer – sooner rather than later – as online purchasing escalates.

If you haven’t heard the expression ‘phishing’ then Google it up and see why you should try to avoid being taken in hook, line and sinker. Think those Nigerian bank and lottery hoaxes only happen to the unwise and unwary?

Well, if an eight-year-old kid can hack into the inner sanctum of US Government technology, what hope has your laptop got against wave upon wave of the finest villains Eastern Europe crime families can train to click a mouse?

Not to mention fighting off the latest virus and the constant frustration of buying expensive spy ware and firewalls to almost keep up to date with the latest criminal attack. If you must buy over the internet, enjoy the fun.

While you do, think why using all those discount vouchers means you’re paying about 30 cents per litre more for fuel than you should be. Enjoy drinking that $2 milk until the cow cockies close down and you have to stump up $15 a litre like they do among near-Asian neighbours where there’s no domestic dairy industry.

It’s all relative, really.

Express yourself freely to greg.white@coffscoastadvocate.com.au

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