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Table 2 Sample of online misoprostol sellers and outcome of interactions with mystery clients, 2019

From: Attempts to purchase misoprostol online in Indonesia: a mystery client study design

  Websites Instagram Marketplace TOTAL
Universe of sellers identified in web listing 441 133 152 727
De-duplicated universe 147 49 85 281
Sample 73 20 39 132
Unable to reach: number inactive/website down 10 5 7 22
Sent initial message to seller 63 15 32 110
Seller did not respond to initial message 7 2 7 16
Established text exchange with seller 56 13 25 94
No purchase—seller stopped responding 1 0 1 2
No purchase—identified as duplicate prior to sale 7 2 3 12
No purchase—other reasons* 2 1 1 4
Purchased pills from seller 46 10 20 76
Purchased and did not receive pills 5 4 3 12
Purchased and received pills 41 6 17 64
% of sample that resulted in purchasing and receiving pills 56% 30% 44% 48%
  1. *Other reasons include: too expensive, seller required a prescription, seller made mystery client feel unsafe, seller requested an in-person meeting for cash payment [7]
  2. Source: From Ref [7], reproduced with permission from John Wiley & Sons