Would you buy from an website with no reviews?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Can you buy it on ebay through paypal? Paypal will 100% return your money if something goes wrong 🙂

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yeah, I personally wouldn’t buy through the site, but might feel better buying through ebay because of paypal.  I’m very wary of compaines that don’t have reviews and I always check reviews online before I buy anything because I’m so nervous to hand over information like you said.  I would either try to purchase through ebay or would having it custom made be an option?  Maybe bringing the picture to a local jeweler and asking if they could make that ring or something similar?  It may be a little more expensive, but I always say I’d rather pay a little extra and have peace of mind.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

It looks like that Smvelt guy is the middleman. It says on the page the rings are from Aurell, so I googled that and found the Aurell main page. Is it on here?

http://www.aurell.com/hand_engraved_rings.html

It looks way more reputable than that weirdo 1993 website!

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Neither website is impressive and the Aurell site is run by the same person who runs the first, linked site. The email addresses are identical smevlt@yahoo.com. Personally I cannot understand why you’d use Yahoo for a business email address let alone build such a dreadful website but in fairness if you check his eBay feedback, it’s OK though.

http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=smevlt&ftab=AllFeedback&items=25

 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2000

@jadlnc:  Hi there. My name is Lee Booker and I run a search engine optimization company that specializes in dealing with small to mid size businesses. I recently took over the Aurell Fine Jewelry account and work with Sam Meishar personally on a day to day basis. I definitely understand your reluctance, but wanted to drop in when I noticed this thread to put my .02 in.

You have absolutely nothing to worry about. Sam is not only a jeweler, but he is an artist. If you saw a ring you liked, I am sure that Sam can accomodate you. See, he isn’t like a normal jewelry store. He actually hand engraves his rings and creates them himself. They are not mass produced, which is why you may have issues finding another exactly like what you wanted on any website. If you tell him what you want, or show him a picture, he can recreate it for you. I am very sure of this!

I am not just writing this to further his interests. I have personally seen a lot of Sams work and I am always awed by the beauty. When I got married, we bought ArtCarved rings. If I had it to do all over again, there is not a doubt in my mind that EVLT. (Sams company) and the Aurell brand he is producing would be my first choice.

I ran across this thread while checking backlinks for the project and just had to drop in and write a post to ease your mind. You are welcome to email me at leebooker76@gmail.com and I can put you in touch with him directly. I sent him this web address already so maybe he will drop by and answer any questions you have. You can always go to his website (which we are about to remodel) http://aurell.com for his phone number.

I will address the site “design” issues further down this thread, lol.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2000

@GoldfishPie:  No, Aurell is a line (brand) of rings that Sam has created himself. There is no middleman. The same guy that checks the emails will be creating the ring. His actual company name is EVLT. Inc.

 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2000

@jadlnc:  You guys were close. I think the website was built around 13 years ago. Not by me! Lol. As Sam has told me, he is a jeweler, not an internet guy. I came on board with him around 3 months ago and we are “getting him online”. The first step was getting the name out there, now we are working on redesigning the website and making his company more “social”. It was amazing to me to see that his brand was not more heavily promoted online considering how beautiful the work is. I have actually taken his project to a personal level because I truly believe in his product. I know little about making jewelry, but I cannot imagine the time and care he must put into his products. Every time I think my work is tedious and detailed, I just take a look at one of those rings and my hands get sore thinking about it! Lol.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2000

@JerseyGirl85:  I added a review box to the homepage temporarily a couple months ago.. He had tons of reviews all built up and sitting on a backpage of his website. It’s a temporary fix anyway until the remodeling is done.

 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2000

@jadlnc:  Its a small company that is more focused on the jewelery than the marketing. That’s why he hired me a few months ago 🙂

It’s getting there!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2000

@jadlnc:  Send him a photo of what you want in the ring. He can do it. That’s the great thing about buying from a jeweler that creates his work by hand, not pressed in some machine.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I wouldn’t-but I’m also crazy about doing research on things to be honest.  I agree with PPs, if you can pay using PayPal, that’d at least be a bit safer.

If you feel unsure about it, lots of jewlers do custom work.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

No, I wouldn’t ever buy from a website without reviews. I have in the past and its always been a scam. I had to call my credit card company and deal with them to get my money back, such a pain the butt.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2000

@adoc86:  Sometimes you have to look around for the reviews…

http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=smevlt&ftab=AllFeedback&items=25

His homepage (you can always ask legit vendors for proof of reviews or references)

http://www.aurell.com/

Or the Amazon reviews…

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aag/details/ref=aag_m_ss?ie=UTF8&asin=&isAmazonFulfilled=&isCBA=&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&seller=A3QEZDZTBI3Q0C#aag_legalInfo

 

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