The Internet offers a convenient means to order wine from the comfort of your home – the choice is virtually unlimited and you can shop around for the best price.
However, in addition to the normal considerations when finding value wine there are some potential issues of this approach you need to consider when you decide to purchase wine online.
1. Legal Issues of Buying Wine Online
Some states and territories require that the buyer of the wine provide identification to prove age legality. Also, some states do not allow the delivery of wine products across different state borders.
Always make sure that you read the purchase agreement between you and the online store before you check out. This can be sometimes hard to find on a web page and if there does not appear to be one then take your online business elsewhere.
If you have any questions and concerns, you should contact the online store for clarification. Usually this can be via a support email addresses although some of the larger online wine stores have toll free phone numbers you can call.
It is a good idea to ensure that the wine seller has a guarantee for the return of any bad wine you may the misfortune to buy.
2. Reliability of the Online Wine Store
It is understandable that when new to buying wine online, people can be quite tentative about the ordering and payment process. Both for added security and to set your mind at rest, you should confirm afterwards by phone and fax. Most reputable online wine merchants will send you a confirmation email but if you have any doubts about your online wine order, you should contact the store.
Remember that if the company you are purchasing wine from doesn’t have phone numbers or other contact means, then it is best that you find another one that does.
If you are planning to place a big wine order or ongoing orders, you may feel more comfortable by contacting local business bureaus to check you are dealing with a reputable merchant, in advance of your first transaction.
3. Shipping of Your Online Wine Order
Depending on your location and circumstances, shipping may add a significant amount to your purchase. Most online wine stores will show full shipping charges so that you can work out the exact cost of your wine purchase.
If your online store doesn’t mention the price of the shipping, you should contact them for clarification before placing your online wine order.
4. Consider Wine Auctions
After a few online wine purchases you will be sufficiently comfortable with transacting on the Internet to perhaps consider online wine auctions and sales. Like all auctions, there is risk involved for buyers but to counter this, they offer a great opportunity to purchase some vintage wines at affordable costs.
When participating in wine auctions, you will need to be very careful, taking into account the warnings above. However, the return for effort at wine auctions can be huge and once you enjoy such success, you will probably make buying wine online at auction a regular rewarding occurrence.
The Internet has already become the new global supermarket and wine is on the shelves! It is recommended that you start cautiously but buying wine online is here to stay so why not get started now?