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Describe a website you have bought something from - Cue Card # 737

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

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 or 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 1:
No doubt, there are so many sophisticated eCommerce websites on the internet, but choosing one of them can be a bit tricky since we would never know if they are really that much reliable or trustworthy except, of course, we are talking about

Now, I think that there are very few people, using the internet to buy things, who don’t know about the Amazon eCommerce website. But, still, to repeat, it is the world’s largest online retailer, manufacturer of electronic book readers and web service provider that has become the iconic example of the electronic commerce industry all over the world.

Being founded in the year of 1994, has actually revolutionized the way business is done on the internet by incorporating the latest technologies on its website to the best possible effects. And I realized this, again, when I went to buy an E-book reader from their website about a few months ago for my 14-year-old cousin.

By the way, the E-book reader, I bought, is the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, which probably is the right choice for all kinds of users. And it didn’t even cost me that much money even though this sharp 6-inch device is packed with 8 GB of storage and a 300-PPI backlit display. So, in the end, it was quite a deal for me, as I didn’t have to look anywhere else for what I was exactly looking for. But, the best thing was that it probably took me only about 5 to 7 minutes to finish the whole process of finding my E-book reader and paying for it.

Well, what I really liked about was that the website actually allows its customers to personalize and filter the product information based on the customers' tastes and preferences. Besides, I was very impressed with the way the website managed to organize its navigational features. It was designed and built in such a simplified manner (especially, for such a “gigantic” online retailer) that the customers don’t feel lost when searching for their products.

Model Answer 2:

In the present era of technology, online shopping has become more convenient and accessible than ever before. I consider myself a regular online shopper. I have shopped on many websites, but the one I would like to talk about today is eBay. 

What the website is:
eBay is an online shopping website that allows people to buy and sell a vast range of products, from electronics to fashion, cars to antiques, and much more. It is a platform that connects millions of buyers and sellers around the world, making it easy for people to find and buy what they are looking for.

What you bought from this website: 
Last month, I purchased a Wi-Fi router from eBay. I was in dire need of a new router as my old one was not functioning correctly. So, I searched for a suitable router on eBay and found a good one at a reasonable price.

How satisfied you were with what you bought:
I was extremely satisfied with what I bought. The router was exactly as described in the listing, and it worked flawlessly. It was easy to install, and I had no trouble setting it up. The seller shipped it promptly, and it arrived on time.

And explain what you liked or disliked about using this website:
What I liked about eBay was the variety of products it offered. It has products of every category, and there is something for everyone. I also appreciated the user-friendly interface of the website, making it easy to navigate and find what I needed. However, what I disliked was the shipping cost, which was quite high for some items. Also, the website can be a little overwhelming for first-time users, with so many options and listings to choose from.

Personally, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to buy something online.


Part 3 - Details Discussion:

Discussion topic: Shopping online

Q. What kinds of things do people in your country often buy from online shops?
Q. Why do you think online shopping has become so popular nowadays?
Q. What are some possible disadvantages of buying things from online shops? 

Discussion topic: The culture of consumerism

Q. Why do many people today keep buying things which they do not need? 
Q. Do you believe the benefits of a consumer society outweigh the disadvantages? 
Q. How possible is it to avoid the culture of consumerism?

The answer to those Part 3 Questions - Speaking Sample 113: Part 3 - Details Discussion


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Mushtaq Ahmed Ansari
I have recently bought a gent's and T-shart from a large eCommerce store in our country. However, my experience was not so good. I believe that e-commerce purchasing is very risky, so I prefer now to buy myself from a physical store rather than online.
Chiran Jit Tripura
I am new to this website.
I have recently bought a winter jacket from a large eCommerce store in our country. However, my experience was not so good. The image shown on the website was far better than the actual product.

I think I will talk about this if I am given this topic in my IELTS Exam.

Noan Liam
Excellent answer. It can be followed to generate my ideas and then talk about my experience. Thank you, IELTS Mentor. You have the richest and best Candidate Task Card collection.