How is it that I have a Master-Card from one of the top 5 banks in this country (and some if not all these banks have affiliates and even branches abroad) and I cannot make a simple purchase on-line from 99.9% shops that sell on the internet? For me the reason for getting the master card in the first place has been defeated, you spend time searching for that site that has most of what you want, you find the site and you see the very lovely master card logo on it, even if its not apparent you search further and you are told that international orders are accepted and you take your time to fill a long order sheet and submit, hold on! thats not all, you are told to call to confirm your order, you make the call you speak to someone who sounds like they just cannot be bothered and you are told to wait for a confirmation on your order, you wait a few minutes, then hours, then DAYS then YOU call back just to be told 'sorry we don't ship to Nigeria' WHAT!!! what about a little courtesy of replying as promised even if its to reject your offer to buy? believe you me this has happened to me on more than one occassion, unfortunately for me most of the tools of my trade that I need I can only get abroad but the moment I say I am in Nigeria or give a Nigerian billing address I get a Noooo we don't ship to blah! blah!! blah!!!...I know there is a lot of internet/credit card fraud and all but is there no way for some of these shops on-line in patnership with master- card and the likes to verify the authenticity of an order be it from anywhere before they reject it? I must admit it's painfull when you want to use our hard earned money to buy whats publicly available for sale...so called and you are rejected... it's like stereotyping. So now when I'm on the internet I see things I want to buy the first thing I do is to click 'add to cart ==> checkout==> pay' just to see if Nigeria is included in the list of countries they sell to and will ship to, 99.9% have Niger but not Nigeria, I mean do this people understand the revenue they are loosing? I don't think so cos if they did they will find a way to sift through request/orders made to know which to reject and which to honour, I think the benefit for them IN THE LONG RUN will far outweigh the risk... what with the unbelievable size of this country's people, abi I lie? I find myself having to improvise on my tools and also sending people going my wish list's way to help me purchase some things which is not without it's own wahala when my master-card is just wasting away and getting close to it's expiry date in my drawer, though I have to admit that I've made successful purchases from 2 on-line shops 'two thumbs up to them'... but hey you gotta agree that's like a drop in the Internet shop ocean. Phew! that's a mouth full... my longest post EVER! imagine that, and it has nothing to do with a bag... hmm! well at least that's off my chest for now.