Home delivery may be convenient, but that doesn’t mean it’s always a good idea.
It seems as if you can have pretty much anything delivered right to your front door these days.
- Medical marijuana. This may seem obvious, but buying medical marijuana in a state where it’s legal, and then putting it in the mail to a state where it’s illegal is not a good idea. “The U.S. Postal Service intercepted 20 percent more parcels containing marijuana in 2013 than in 2012, and seizures led to 14 percent more indictments and arrests for mailing controlled substances through the mail,” MarketWatch said.
- Prescription meds. Unless you’re familiar with the source, it may not be a good idea to buy your meds online and have them delivered to your door. “The [FDA] warns that many medicines sold online are fake or bad generic versions that can be too strong or too weak, not approved by the FDA, contain dangerous ingredients or be out-of-date, and they may not have been stored or shipped correctly,” MarketWatch said.
- Wine. It’s illegal to get wine delivered in a number of states, even from wine of the month clubs. But further confusing the issue, “even in the states where it is legal to have wine delivered, the rules differ,” says MarketWatch. Click here or here to see if you live in a state that allows wine shipments.
- Pets. If you found Fido online and want to bring him to your home, it’s best to make arrangements to pick up the animal in person, even if that means taking a flight somewhere. The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association urges people to watch out for scammers who get people to pay upfront to ship an animal that doesn’t exist.
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