A wise man once said, "you get what you pay for." I think it was the same guy who said "if it sounds too good to be true, it is." That wise man was not me.

Shopping on the internet can be risky business. While you can generally feel safe shopping major retailers like Walmart, Amazon, Home Depot, J.C. Penney, and others, or if you see ads for local businesses you know you can trust them. But,  when it comes to off-the-beaten-trail websites, you best be on guard.

When, please tell me when, will we ever learn that if it sounds too good to be true, it IS??

Some of us insist on learning the hard way. Case in point, the picture above. That's me with an on-line purchase I made recently from dresslily.com. This was going to be my Sunday morning Easter shirt. The reviews were fantastic, and my, but it looked nice in the picture.  And the price - less than ten bucks!! How can this be? It sounds too good to be true!

Shortly after placing my order, I began to have this uneasy feeling inside, and commenced to investigating. I began reading horror stories on line of people who had ordered from this website. Many never received the merchandise they ordered, while others had received either the wrong product or the wrong size. Others reported very shoddy workmanship and quality, while some said they got the size they ordered, but it was way too small - like the Grinch's heart - about two sizes too small.

Zane Mathews

Welcome to my world.

Two days before Easter a very small package arrived in my mail box. Yay, it's here!!  I couldn't believe that my shirt had arrived - from China - but, it was here. However,  I quickly surmised it was going to be bad news based on the size of the package. Yes, it was the right shirt and the size was right -medium - but apparently medium in China means "small."

The picture above is worth a thousand words.

Learn a lesson from a dork. Before you go spending money on the internet with people and businesses you don't know, do your due diligence and check them out. And, just know that if it sounds too good to be true, it is!

Stop thinking this time will be the exception.