To Wish Or Not To Wish.com


Wish.com is a site like Amazon that sells a variety of products from various sellers. This site has some questionable business practices. Here are some of their marketing ploys that I really don’t like and some tips to make your buying experience more enjoyable.

Log In

First, when you go to Wish.com you’ll have to sign up for an account to access the site. Click on Sign up with Email or if you already have an account click on LogIn.

To sign up, you’ll need to put in your name, email and create a password and click on Sign Up.

wish.com-create-account

When you log in afterward, you’ll usually get a Daily Login Bonus screen. Click on the Continue Shopping! button.


Now scroll through this page and find something you like.

I picked a watch for this example, listed for $185 CAD (that’s Canadian dollars).

The first thing I don’t like about this ad is you’ll notice right next to the $185 price tag that they have a $4,359 price tag scratched out. They are trying to convince me that this is originally a $4000 watch. I searched online to see if I could find this elusive $4000 watch elsewhere. I did, exact brand and model, on another site for about $126 CAD.

I’ve seen other products marketed the same way. Instead of a gray, crossed-out price tag, I would like a link to these so-called more expensive items to make a comparison.


Ordering

Click on what you want to order and up pops a window with a bunch of info. Read the description carefully because in the comment section there are too many comments suggesting that the item was not what they ordered. For example, someone getting only a camera lens when they expected a camera. Ignore the description by the picture in the right-hand corner– instead scroll down until you see the section named Description, and click on the blue Show More option. You’ll get a pop-up with more detailed information.

wish.com-product-description-page

There is a Recent Reviews section but I consider it another blatant attempt to mislead the customer. I bought a webcam and was not satisfied, so I decided to leave a review. It requested that I upload a picture of my purchase (this is optional).

I couldn’t understand why until I realized that they take all the comments from a seller and group them together for all the products sold by that seller. Imagine going to read the reviews from one product and then having to scroll through all the comments and hope they are talking about the product your thinking of buying.

If you do decide to order anything, when you get to the final page or invoice page print it up and then bookmark it because it contains some useful information like parcel tracking, contact support, and you can rate your purchase when you receive it.


Conclusions

Would I buy from them again? Small inexpensive gadgets or even Free items for postage, I might take a chance on. I would not trust them with a major purchase like a laptop. And by the way, they accept PayPal.

Have you used Wish.com? Good or Bad, what are your experiences? Tell us in the comments.

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About the Author

Terry Hollett

Terry is a self-taught computer aficionado, who after being exposed to Windows 3.1 in the early 1990's devoured every book and magazine on the subject he could get his hands on. A published author with over 20 years' experience building and servicing computers for friends and family he started his first website in 2002 at Hit Any Key.

7 Comments

  1. Terry, after reading your concern and their questionable practices, the only reasonable course of action is to avoid this site all together (imho), Mindblower!

  2. I have used wish and still browse through the items on offer but very rarely buy anything.
    In the early days I found that you didn’t always get what was offered, I quickly discovered a way to beat them. I took screenshots of the items I was buying which had a clear picture and description of the item and when that item didn’t arrive I complained and sent them a copy of the screenshot. They quickly refunded my outlay and I got to keep the goods that were sent to me.
    The descriptions are more upfront now though I still don’t fully trust them and check the item out thoroughly before I buy.

  3. Hi Terry,

    I would not wish WISH on anyone, not me alone, neighbours and friends included.
    My recent disappointment was a Bluetooth Game Controller for a family member.
    The controller did not work as advertised for Windows 10 but the manufacturers Web site showed, “Not Suitable for Windows 10.”
    I contacted Wish support on three occasions with photographs and the manufacturers details since early January and no response to date.

    Further examples will not change Wish’s skulduggery.

  4. Most of my experiences with Wish were good. Mind you, I usually NEVER purchased anything that would cost more than $5.00 (including shipping), as I understood fully that I was “getting what I was paying for”. I do recommend for small, inexpensive items such as costume jewelry or gadgets, but not for more expensive items like clothing, electronics, etc.

    • Hi Kelly,

      In Australia we have many ‘$2.00 Stores’ as they are known and every item which is small as is costume jewellery and gadgets which can be seen, touched and bought at $2.00 – $5.00 without the hassle of the on-line unknown, plus the waiting factor, also add the benefit of supporting local businesses.

        • Hi Terry,

          You have me wondering if the ‘dollar’ (or $2.00 in Oz) stores were originally ‘Five & Dime’ stores in the USA, in the UK way back when, Woolworth’s were similar and they didn’t sell meat, vegetables and groceries.

          Regards….

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