Is shopping for a mover in a virtual marketplace safe?By Eric Anders • Sep 19th, 2009 • Category: FEATURED STORIES, FMCSA, How to Find a Reputable Mover, Rogue Mover
- Part I – Listen to the Marketplace Podcast
- Part II – Shopping for a mover online?
- Part III – How do you find a crook in the dark?
- Part IV – What does ‘Caveat Emptor’ mean?
- Part V – Who really needs the aspirin?
- Move It – Don’t Lose It
Virtual marketplaces are an inevitable threat to established bricks and mortar businesses as more and more budget conscious consumers turn to their computers to shop for moving services.
When selecting a reputable service provider, practical reason, common sense, and good judgment frequently don’t stand a chance against the overwhelming power of the almighty dollar – especially in today’s economy.
Unregulated virtual bulletin boards, reverse-auction sites, and popular find-a-mover web services are successful because it’s usually the lowest “rock bottom” price that quickly tips the scales of Lady Justice in the minds of many penny-pinching users. She can’t see the bad guys because of the blindfold.
But are these virtual sites really safe to use?
This five part series looks at some of the claims made in a recent American Public Media podcast, Online competitors move in on shippers. The piece which aired on National Public Radio suggests that this new “online competition is also giving traditional movers a headache”.