10-24-2008, 11:15 AM
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I've ordered a lot of things from Aquabid (I have an internet shopping addiction!!) and have always been pleasantly surprised with how great the transactions have been. It's pretty standard procedure to throw in free stuff :). However, there aren't the same protections in place that there are in some other online stores, it is based on trust and reputation. I always read comments beforehand and buy from well established vendors. I also always use my credit card via paypal, which means I have fraud protection if I pay for something that never arrives. Like I said, I've never had an issue, but it's always good to be extra cautious online.
One last note, I'm not a huge fan of aquatic magic (a big plant vendor there). They're based overseas and the plants take a looong time to get to you, and will be very tiny to save on shipping. I still got what I paid for, but it wasn't as awesome an experience as most of the other vendors.
Also, if you do make a transaction, it's always a great idea to record it in the service reviews section, so people on our site know how it went.