What is your most favorite commercial web site? What do you like about it?
Many people's answer will be Amazon as of mine. So lets rule out this as well as Google and JavaRanch (though they are not commercial). The web site should be something where users either go for a transcation or gets a service that is worth some price even if sometimes you get those service for free. For example, Wells Fargo Bank, Wal-Mart, Ebay, Barnes & Nobles, Hallmarks, T-Mobile, MicroSoft, JavaWorld etc.
Ashik Uzzaman Senior Software Engineer, TubeMogul, Emeryville, CA, USA.
My online pharmacy has done a lot of work on their site. I log in now and it says "You ought to refill xxxxxx". I hit the "Uh, yeah" button and it says "Use the credit card and address on record?" and I hit "Ok, sure" and I'm done. Sweeeeet.
I ordered a replacement part for my GE drier once and the manufacturer's site had this dialog:
Is the part large or small? ... pretty small Is it mostly plastic or metal? ... half and half What color is the plastic part? ... yellow Is it the idler pully? ... YES!
I'm pretty sure they could see the broken idler pully on my desk somehow.
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Originally posted by Ashik Uzzaman: So lets rule out this as well as Google and JavaRanch (though they are not commercial).
Google is very much commercial for those companies who have taken out an advert to appear at the side! But I see what you mean.
Generally I've been a bit disappointed with the online purchases I've made. I live in a flat with an unusual address - we have a flat number and the block of flats has a different number e.g. I live at Flat X at Y on road Z. Unfortunately most websites don't seem to be able to cope with it, and send the deliveries to building X instead of building Y. I've also had many problems with websites attempting to authorise my card because of the funny address.
The trouble with ordering stuff on the Internet is that web pages just aren't as flexible as real people. Most things I've attempted to order have had to be followed up with a phone call to clarify and correct my details.
The only thing I think I've ordered from the Internet and had arrive, without delay and without major problems was when getting a computer from Dell. I was quite impressed - I was taking advantage of a good deal in the sales, so I assumed that a lot of other people would be too and was expecting a delay. Despite that it came quickly and (unlike 99% of other companies) they delivered on a saturday.
[ December 14, 2005: Message edited by: Dave Lenton ] [ December 14, 2005: Message edited by: Dave Lenton ]
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