Cue Card # 171: Describe a website you have bought something from

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 171

Describe a website you have bought something from.

You should say:

  • what the website is
  • what you bought from this website
  • how satisfied you were with what you bought 

and explain what you liked and disliked about using this website.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

I always prefer to exercise a bit of caution when shopping online because the truth is not all websites or eCommerce sites are trustworthy. Now, lots of reasons can be provided here as to why they are not “trustworthy”, but I just don’t want to get into that. So, instead, I will just go ahead and talk about what website, I used, to buy a very nice pair of sneakers of Nike brand about 6 months ago.

Oh, the website, I used, to buy that pair of sneakers was “eBay”. Now, I am pretty sure that almost everybody, especially and at least, those who shop online, know about eBay. eBay is one of the oldest and most successful eCommerce websites on the Internet. But, the interesting thing about this particular website is that it doesn’t actually sell any items of its own. Instead, it just allows users (could be individuals, companies or businesses) to list their products or services for sale. I mostly buy products from verified sellers and brands. For many items, they offer a system in which users can bid on in auctions within a stipulated period of time.

By the way, I was really happy about the pair of sneakers that I bought because those were really nice. Of course, they were a bit ‘pricey”, but I would have to spend even more money if I had bought them from a physical store. But, the best thing about purchasing it from eBay was that my sneakers had arrived at my doorstep just on time, unlike many other eCommerce sites.

Anyway, I have always liked using eBay, mainly because you will always get exactly what you pay for without any unpleasant surprise as eBay almost always sides with the buyer if and when things go wrong. Besides, there are just so many products or items on the site to choose from at a price that one can actually afford. However, what I dislike about using this website is that one will need to wait, whether he or she is a sole bidder or one of many until the auction closes.

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