Amazon (or just “online ordering”) rant

There are some items which are just not possible to order online any more, assuming you want something of minimal quality. These include:

  1. chargers for mobile phones — all now fake as far as I can tell
  2. batteries for older mobile phones — second hand, dead, fake, or simply the wrong battery
  3. consumer cables, like USB to micro USB
  4. convection heaters — didn’t expect this, but I can’t find a reliable one (for the new office) online

That’s not counting the stuff where it’s still just about possible to get non-fake stuff, but it’s a crapshoot, eg. computer memory, hard disks, batteries, flash memory.

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3 responses to “Amazon (or just “online ordering”) rant

  1. Jie

    Have you checked out monoprice.com for cables? I’ve bought many from them.

  2. Andy

    For cables, I’ve never gone wrong with monoprice.com. (I’m not affiliated with them in any way.) And yes, I’ve purchased plenty of crappy cables from other vendors.

  3. Tim

    Memory / flash from crucial direct are very reliable and the crucial store is definitely not annoying.

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