Thursday, June 08, 2006

Can You Believe People Buy Cars Over the Internet?

I have a friend who enjoys selling used cars on Ebay. He buys them and then sells them so cheap, that he has now sold several that were shipped overseas. The hidden meaning here is that Paul’s price is so good, the buyers still feel like it is a bargain to buy from Paul, even if they have to pay for shipping. Shipping a car over the Atlantic costs around $4,000.

Paul has told some pretty crazy stories involving the language barrier in selling these cars, but he enjoys his avocation. My point in bringing this up, is that not only is the internet excellent for providing information, (see my blog “Summertime and the Internet is Easy), but it is now a global marketplace with a growing sense of trust. If a used-car salesman can sell over the internet anyone can.

When I first developed, I had already come to rely on internet shopping as my main source of shopping. Granted sometimes, especially when you are on vacation, it is more fun to stroll through the little shops and try on the dresses, but for the mainstay, I love internet shopping. You can shop in the middle of the night in your pajamas, you can compare prices easily, and the whole world is your oyster so to speak.

At our first goal is to bring buyer and seller together. Not just any buyer and seller however, that’s a job for Ebay. We bring the finest handmade things and the best the visual arts have to offer to discerning buyers. Art enthusiasts aren’t mainstream people. They are looking for something different. That’s where Creative Consumerism™ comes into play. Creative consumers want what creative people have created, whether they are collecting for their home or office, or are giving a gift.

When I was first married, my mother and future mother-in-law trotted me through the expensive stores and made me register for all the finer things in life, but it was the art we received that has had the most lasting presence in my life. It still hangs on the walls, while the other things are either broken or so high maintenance that they get stored in tight boxes.

So, don’t be surprised if you someday find yourself shopping online for a car. Many people already shop for such unlikely things online as mortgages, underwear, shoes and car parts. Actaully, the first time a bought a pair of shoes over the internet I thought I was nuts, but the amazing thing was, they fit, and they arrived the next day by 10 a.m. when I had called them the evening before. Now that's amazing.

At, almost all our art and fine handmade things are shipped free of charge, that is unless of course you live in Africa and you're purchasing a bronze statue from a New Jersey artist. We also will call anyone who has a question and assist you personally. All you have to do is email us at:

And if you're shopping for a car online and you run across a fellow named Paul, he’s probably got the best prices out there. For a long, tall Texan he’s a pretty good ‘ole horse trader.--Ruth Mitchell

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