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Re: Shopster.com.... Advice?
Posted By: Starfire In Response To: Re: Shopster.com.... Advice? (Starfire)
Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at 10:58 p.m.(pst)
In Response To: Re: Shopster.com.... Advice? (Starfire)
Since writing my earlier posts I’ve had some facts brought to my attention about Shopster that I was unaware of. As a result, I now have a better understanding as to why their prices are high, and I’ve reversed my thinking about them being unfair to their members, relative to pricing. As stated earlier, I’ve had no problems with Shopster, except for the removal of one of my posts, which I would have removed myself, had I been asked to do so. I understand and accept their reason for removing it. My three concerns remain the same, however – the $99 cost to join, the $29.95 monthly membership fee, and the cost of their merchandise. My concerns relate entirely to my personal ability to pay them, and should not be construed as an indication that their prices are out of line.
In all fairness to Shopster, I have not compared their costs with those of other suppliers, to be able to accurately state that their prices are exorbitant. Regardless of my concerns, I do not feel that Shopster is a scam, or that they’re ripping off anyone. Should I decide to discontinue my membership, it would be for one reason only – as a retired Senior, I just cannot afford to continue paying the monthly membership fees until my online store becomes profitable. Shopster has a lot to offer, especially to people who lack the software, knowledge or skills to create an online store themselves. Shopster’s staff, as well as its membership, are very courteous and helpful, and the Staff readily accepts any recommendations for the improvement of their policies or system.
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