Taylor R.'s Profile
Location: Woodlawn, Arkansas
Member Since: Nov 30th, 2014
Last Online: Dec 5th, 2014
|Craigslist is a great place to find any number of goods, services, etc. You definitely need to be careful, particularly when meeting up with people, since it can be unsafe. Just exercise common sense and take safety precautions. There's a great variety of things to be had on Craigslist. It's a great resource for finding apartments in particular and other things that you can't really find anywhere else in the web. It is kind of an eyesore, and I think it needs more specific search result options and more location options. It only lists a few major cities in each state, passing over a lot of places that are still noteworthy even if slightly smaller. The search results could definitely be improved upon - they don't really allow you to search for things in specific locations that are close enough to you, and since so many people try to be slick and set the price at something different than what they're really asking to get people to click on their ad, a lot of the time filtering by price is useless. I guess a lot of that fault falls on the userbase and not the site itself, however. Decent site, but I really only use as a last resort if I can't find what I need elsewhere, and I don't trust it that much at all.
|Ebay is good to find some things cheaper than elsewhere, but a lot of the time things on Ebay are actually more expensive than elsewhere. It's fun (and addictive) to bid on useless things that you don't need, and sometimes you can find some neat stuff for good prices. From a buyer's perspective, Ebay is pretty great. From a seller's perspective, I have a few complaints. There are way too many fees and the whole process of selling is confusing and basically requires you to read a book to figure out what's going on. Even when Ebay thinks they're trying to be helpful and make things simple, they're still complicating the whole process. I sold a couple of things last month that I was under the impression had no fees, but I was billed a fee at the end of the month. For some reason things under some categories have fees, but others don't? Why? What's the difference in selling antiques and electronics? Who knows. It's pretty annoying, and if I had a better option to sell things, I would use it rather than Ebay. Ebay gets the job done, though, despite the hidden fees, and it does make it pretty easy to print shipping labels when you have to ship things, which is helpful. The seller/buyer feedback system could be improved on a lot.
|I've personally never had much trouble finding what I needed to find on Paypal. I agree that it could be a little more user friendly, but it's not difficult to navigate at all. It's a great way to pay without using your bank account, and I like being able to send large sums of money without fees. Lifting the withdraw limit is easy - all you have to do is verify that you are who you say you are by providing SSN and a couple other requirements. The layout is easy to understand. I just wish more sites accepted PayPal (namely Amazon).
|Walmart.com, just like the store, has just about everything. A lot of times you can find prices cheaper elsewhere, but it's still handy to get something cheap and trusted instead of taking a risk on a different site that has cheaper prices but that you might not trust as much. I get pretty much all of my electronics from Walmart; they usually have phones cheaper there than anywhere else unless you're signing a contract or something. Free site to store shipping also comes in handy a lot. If you can't find something in the store, you can just find it online and pick it up for free the next time you go to Walmart.
|I love Spotify - listening to it as I write this review! I'm very happy that they changed it a while back to where you can now listen on your phone and tablet as well, not just your computer. I've never had the premium version, but the free version is very good. You can listen to pretty much whatever you want when you have an Internet connection. It would be nice to be able to listen offline, but that's what Premium is for. They have a pretty good selection of music; I've rarely not been able to find a song I wanted to listen to. I prefer it to Pandora because you can pick a specific song instead of just putting it on a radio that randomizes songs, which is all that Pandora does. They have gotten heavier on the ads recently because that's how they get you to switch to Premium and therefore make money, but it's not too bad. Apparently the audio quality is better when you buy Premium, but the quality sounds great to me with the free version and I have nothing to compare it to since I haven't tried Premium yet, so I don't know how much better it is (if it's better at all). All in all a great choice for music, much better than Pandora or even YouTube in my opinion.
|I've used Fiverr about a year now. It's a very neat resource both for buying and selling, but I have a lot of complaints. |
My biggest complaint is the customer service - the people who actually run Fiverr are generally rude, incompetent, and unfair. They care about the opinion of the buyer and not the seller, at all, which is something they really need to work on seeing as the seller helps them make money just as much as the buyer does. Sellers definitely get the short end of the stick on Fiverr.
They also take a huge chunk out of the funds a seller makes. I can understand this when the site first gets started, since they would not have as much revenue coming in so they'd need to take a bigger chunk out to make enough money. But Fiverr has grown tremendously, and they can definitely afford to take less than 20% of the revenue a buyer makes. They also take a percentage out when you withdraw funds to your PayPal account, which is annoying.
Fiverr is a pretty good place to buy and sell goods and services, though, and I do recommend it to people all the time. Just be wary of the bad treatment towards sellers and the inefficiency of the customer service team in general.
|Great way to catch up on TV shows. It has a decent variety of movies and etc, but I really only watch TV shows on Netflix. They have a lot of options and are usually pretty good about getting new episodes up fairly quickly after a season is done airing on TV. Netflix originals are real gems - a lot better than you'd expect, honestly. Orange is the New Black is great, and I can't wait for the next season, and they're coming out with a Netflix original Series of Unfortunate Events that I'm very excited for. I don't use the mailing movies feature; I just pay to watch shows online, and it's definitely worth the price. My one complaint is that it's kind of confusing now to find the movies and shows you add to your list since they remodeled it a few months ago. Overall a great resource for movie and TV show junkies.
|Facebook is a lot less popular now than it used to be. I use it mainly as a way to keep in touch with people that I don't have any other contact info with - if I don't talk to you enough to have your number, but I like having a way to contact you if the need ever arises, I add you on Facebook. However, unless have a specific purpose for being on Facebook, I tend to avoid it for several reasons:|
The number of targeted ads is extremely annoying and creepy; if you search for socks on Amazon, those socks will haunt you on Facebook for the rest of your life.
It often resets settings - particularly about the posts it shows. No, I do not want to see the top posts; I want to see the most recent posts. How many times do I have to change that setting before Facebook stops showing me top posts and starts showing me most recent posts? Every 15 minutes, apparently. I don't understand why it insists on changing this almost constantly, but it does, and it's annoying.
There are a lot of disturbing and stupid stories that manage to make their way to my news feed, and Facebook has a ridiculous blocking/filtering system. They'll block an article about indigenous women who don't cover their breasts, but a disturbing picture of a mutilated puppy will still show up on my feed. That makes sense. There's also a ridiculous number of "Like 4 Jesus, Ignore 4 Satan!!" posts that I find pretty annoying, so I tend to stay away.
I could go on, but overall, Facebook is good for keeping in touch, but it's a lot less than it could have been and I don't spend too much time on it.
|I love Amazon, especially now that I have Prime. It's really nice to be able to order something I want or need and have it in 2 days with free shipping. Amazon generally has a really wide selection and pretty good price options. I make sure to check it before buying anything in stores because a lot of the time you can find stuff cheaper on Amazon than anywhere else. There are certain things that are way overpriced compared to other places, though - so just make sure to look at all options. Wonderful marketplace to get just about anything you need (even food!).
|StumbleUpon is a great way to kill time and find new and interesting stuff online. You can customize it by specifying things that you like to make it more personalized for your tastes. Some sites it comes up with for you are boring, but a lot of them are neat to waste a few minutes on at least, and I usually end up bookmarking 10-15 sites to come back to later before I'm done using the site. It's easy to use and fun.