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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

Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.


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