Online shopping - is it for you?

Online shopping - is it for you?

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  • More and more people these days have changed their shopping habits sometimes preferring online shopping to the conventional retail experience. The range of sites and online shops can be dazzling and it can be difficult to ensure that the site is reputable and the goods well represented. Online shopping is a great way to find great original fashion designs, fantastic bargains, great-odds competitions, shop when you want and have it all delivered to your door, saving you from the headaches of parking and crowded shopping centres.

Here are some of the benefits of online shopping and some tips to help make your experience a good one.

The benefits of shopping online

Convenience: Our lives are busy! Convenience is one of the main reasons that people site as their reason for shopping online. Online shops give us the opportunity to shop 24/7 in our pyjamas, in bed or from an iPad or phone at the beach.

Better prices: Online prices are often better because products come to you direct from the manufacturer or seller without middlemen involved.

Variety: When you shop online, you can shop from retailers in other parts of the country or even the world without being limited by geographic area.

Gifts: Online Shopping makes sending gifts to relatives and friends easy, no matter where they live.

Fewer Expenses: Many times when we opt for conventional shopping we tend to spend a lot more than the required shopping expenses on things like eating out, traveling, impulsive shopping etc.

Comparison of Prices: Online shops make comparison and research of products and prices possible. Online stores also give you the ability to share information and reviews with other shoppers who have firsthand experience with a product or retailer.

Crowds: If you are like me, you would like to avoid the crowds when you do the shopping.

Tips for happy shopping

All reputable on line shops feature the following:

  • A privacy policy
  • Reviews from customers
  • An email address and phone number
  • A refund policy
  • Secure payment methods including Credit cards and PayPal

Where to shop - some ideas

For toys: www.onlinetoys.com.au For books: www.amazon.com For cosmetics: www.strawberrynet.com For giftware: www.petersofkensington.com.au For the garden: www.gardensonline.com.au For wine: www.cellarmasters.com.au

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