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Final Word: Twitter is not the place to shop

This might seem like a bit of random advice, and it might only apply to the women who are reading.

It's Valentine's Day week, maybe you are looking for gift, so here's a little advice: May I advise you NOT buy a dress on Twitter? Don't buy anything on Twitter, for that matter.

Let Twitter be your guide on all things news, if you must. Use it for pictures or gossip or whatever, but don't buy anything.

I started following a favorite dressmaker on Twitter. I figured it was like getting InStyle magazine, but a little bit everyday. I get the pictures, news from Fashion Week, a bunch of fun stuff and then, I got the tweet with the newest dress -- limited edition -- and can ship immediately.


I fell for it -- having never tried it on, of course -- and with one click, it was on its way. When it arrived, I wondered aloud, "What is wrong with me?"

I bought a dress on Twitter. It wasn't even on sale and now I have to return it. So down to the UPS store I go, smug little prepaid label in hand.

The trick is, the receipt said the seller has to receive the dress returned to its warehouse within 18 days of reciept, or I get charged a 20 percent restocking fee and, with the storms back east, shipping was delayed both on its way to my house, and certainly on the way back.

So I ask the UPS store when this little prepaid label and package will arrive at the warehouse. At least eight days was the reply.

Well, great.

I can't possibly expect it to get back in time to avoid the re-stocking fee. So how much to guarantee the thing gets there in time? $40, which is more than the re-stocking fee.

Ah, Twitter. The place NOT to buy things.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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