Here’s what happens:
add items to cart
proceed to checkout
input shipping and billing information
press button to place order
error message about failure to complete captcha
So I get to the very last step, after giving personal information, and then I am just not allowed to complete the purchase. I have also received emails from some of these sites informing me that I now have an account on the site. When I reply asking about the error message, I never get a reply back. So they get my personal information that they use however they want, and I get nothing.
Is anyone aware of a list of online shops that do not use captchas?
Obviously Purism does not require captcha completion, but what about non-tech shops? I have been trying to shop for clothes online for several months now with no luck.
Is it even possible anymore to buy clothes online in the USA without captchas?
That image actually looks like it was generated by a robot.
I can say from my own experience that Purism and Adafruit are great, but again, I am looking to buy clothes. This just seems insane to me that I can buy computers and accessories but not clothes. I could probably buy enough charging cables to hang myself, but I can’t buy a pair of socks to save my life! What the actual fuck?
To be the bearer of bad news 2FA and captcha are a recent phenomenon that protects the merchant from fraud, ID and credit card theft. If I were an online merchant I’d probably be reprimanded by my accountant for not using either method.
There may be an odd vendor on ebay that will wait to ship until they receive a check. But then again eBay has its own capcha system. And again you don’t get underwear or socks on the used market, (or you shouldn’t anyway.)
I think the key word here is “online”.
You may have to get out of your abode and walk into a brick and mortar store. Most of them still take cash. Some of them get a kick out of the 2 dollar bills, 1 dollar coins, and 50 cent pieces I spend. Especially the clerks not yet out of high school, they’ll look at them carefully and call the manager. “Do we accept these!??” (There is also no spot in the cash drawer for them.) On the other hand old timers will get their purse and swap the 2 dollar bills for two 1 dollar bills. So they can give them to their grandkids. I get my 2 dollar bills from my credit union by the strap.
I understand this, but I am interested in finding other companies like Purism that do not engage in this behavior. It is a risk for the company, for sure, but they otherwise lose my business forever and everyone else like me if they block us behind a captcha wall.
As correlated: “The legal basis for the data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR”:
(f) processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child.
Point (f) of the first subparagraph shall not apply to processing carried out by public authorities in the performance of their tasks.
IMHO, this wording looks like correlates to the fact that if/when I’m not using “their” communication device (with my purposely registered/chosen account) those think that I must be under prerequisite age, especially when I’d like to buy myself pair of additional socks in size of 10 and half (while I’m not some robot in question here), by using their auto-methodically based approach.
After shopping for clothes in-person at several different stores over the past year, I’ve found that there are some items that are simply not available anywhere, and I’ve decided to make a compromise.
While I will never consentually interact with google ever again, I’m willing to deal with hcaptcha in order to buy what I need. Luckily, I have found success with a few sites that use hcaptcha instead of google captcha. For sites that require a “real” phone number, I have had success when giving them their own phone number from their “Contact Us” page.
Well, cute thigh-high socks for one. That’s what I was originally looking to buy when I first made this topic. I’ve also had no luck finding trans-friendly items in brick-and-morter stores. So in the quest for gender euphoria, I’ve had to make compromises, and it’s absolutely been worth it.
Were you able to find online shops other than clothing that do not use captchas or Cloudflare WAF? This thread mostly focused on clothing, but it was originally more broader about non-tech shops in general.
It’s been even longer since buying from Adafruit, so things may have changed, but they were pretty good. I stopped buying from them because they wouldn’t accept Tutanota as an email provider but did accept iCloud. I was de-appling my life and was not willing to keep using an Apple email address for any reason. I don’t use Tutanota anymore, but I also don’t shop at Adafruit anymore because of that email hassle. Anyway, here’s the Adafruit url: