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The Wish app: Is it legit or a scam?

The Wish app: Is it legit or a scam?

We all fantasize about getting filthy rich so that one day, we could have the budget to buy everything our hearts' desire. Unless you're Bruce Wayne, you usually have to think before you spend. For most of us, that means living within a reasonable budget that factors in our income and bills. That way, we know exactly how much money we can spend in a given month. Wouldn't it be great if you get all the fancy, high-priced premium items you want at a price that fits your modest budget? Then you could ride-in-style without breaking the bank. One reason high priced goods cost so much is because they're…well…expensive. Supply and demand means that a good product that everyone wants is just going to cost more. So, when you see great deals that seem too good to be true, sometimes they are. Is the Wish legit? Sure. Just don't expect to pay $5 for $50 quality. What Is Wish App? Wish is a direct-to-consumer, online retailer based out of San Francisco, California. Wish sets itself apart from other shopping sites by offering a wide variety of heavily discounted products. It's not uncommon to see between 60 and 85 percent "reductions" on many items advertised throughout the site. These low prices are what allow Wish to compete with online shopping juggernauts like Amazon and Ebay. Shopping is done primarily through the app. What Do They Sell? Wish is a conglomerate retailer, meaning they try to sell a little bit of everything. The categories range from accessories, baby, fashion, gadgets, hobbies, home decor, and others. Their two highest selling categories are clothing and electronics. How Are Items So Cheap? The fact that they do not carry name brand products is part of what makes Wish so cheap. Wish is also "factory direct." Instead of making your purchase through a retailer, merchants sell items directly from the factory in China. This brings prices down by cutting out the middle man, who would otherwise get a significant cut. Buying off-brand from overseas will save you money. But remember that you'll also take a hit on the quality of the goods. Is It Safe To Shop On The App? There's always some inherent risk when shopping online. No system is perfect and a few hiccups are bound to happen. It doesn't appear to be a systemic problem with Wish itself. It should be mentioned that your full name will be displayed on your profile for others to view. You can avoid this by not making a wish list to display, or by not giving product reviews. According to the privacy policy, Wish collects information in two ways: " When customers sign up, Wish.com asks for name, email address, payment method information, shipping address, phone number, and social media account credentials. " Wish.com automatically collects your computer's IP address, location information (they say they ask for customer permission before obtaining specific GPS data), social network profile data, the browser you use, usage data meaning where you click, and how much time you spend on pages. You can always do a phone number lookup on the business before you choose to buy from that particular merchant. This way, you can hunt for anything suspicious before making a payment. (To be continued)

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