Monthly Archives: March 2016

Avoid MegaBuy

Well the old adage “you get what you pay for” is true when it comes to Internet shopping. I recently ordered from because a search on showed that they were one of the cheapest, if not cheapest, and by a substantial amount. I usually order from – but for this particular item – a WD My Passport Wireless hard drive – they were out of stock.

I proceeded to order from Megabuy. So far so good but then I hit my first snag. Their website wouldn’t let me create an account failing with some code issue. Odd and very amateurish. I emailed them and then that got fixed up. OK moving on – I then proceeded to order – the WD drive, and also a 256GB SSD card.  Crazily – it said the two items would come in two separate boxes, and the combined shipping cost was just over $60! I should have stopped there and then, but the cost including shipping was still just under my preferred supplier Scorptech. I pushed ahead with the order.

Well the hard drive showed up, and you can see terrible the hard drive was packed. This is a harddrive for God’s sake! The drive would have bounced around like a soccer ball in the bigger box, potentially damaging the components. Couriering a hard drive is something I prefer not to do regardless of how it’s packed, but packed like this  – it’s inexcusable. That’s why I’ve been moved to blog about it.

I paid over $30 courier charge for this:


The takeaway is – DO NOT ORDER ANYTHING FROM MEGABUY.COM.AU.  It will end up being a false economy. As always – you get what you pay for. Caveat emptor!