Internet Shopping Guide!

When shopping on the Internet there are many things to consider, following are some guidelines to keep your experiences a positive one.

Shop online, or brick and mortar!

Many people shop at brick and mortar stores because they feel shipping charges only raise their total cost, however, unless you live in a high density populous like a major city, most often shipping charges cost less than the gasoline required to travel to and back from a brick and mortar store, especially when looking for bargains, which would probably require a stop off at more than two stores for price comparison, and even then when you find the best price, (even if you researched your favorite stores online) you run the risk of a fuel expense only to find your item not in stock, so by the time you actually come home with your item, your fuel expense was probably greater than most fast shipping costs would be. There is also the consideration of time, I live in a rural area where the nearest grocery store is about 12 miles away, and the discount big box retail stores, over 15 miles away, with an average speed limit of 50 mph, it would take approximately 20-25 minutes travel in each direction, around 20 more minutes to identify and locate the specific item(s) in the store, then there is the line at the check out area, depending what time of day/evening you go, it could be as little as 5 minutes and up to 30, as I have waited in check out lines at big box retail stores, so online shopping is not only green, ecologically, but you get more than an hour and a half of your life freed up to do other more desirable activities!

Is it safe to shop online?

Many people still hold on to the idea that online shopping is very risky, however with the implementation of a number of encryption techniques, your personal, and credit card information, is quite secure, but should you still feel a measure of insecurity inputting your credit card information at a website, there are additional steps you can take to insure zero liability on your part. Most credit cards offer a zero liability rider on their cards for any fraudulent charges if you pay a small monthly fee, usually after a 30 – 90 day free trial, in which case any charges that show up on your statement that are not your authorized purchases, will be unconditionally credited back to your card, and an investigation will most likely ensue to try to prevent a recurrence.

Once you get past the apprehension of credit card fraud, there are a number of practices that will ensure a positive experience.

Is the lowest price the best deal?

When price comparing different e-commerce stores there are some things to consider, is the item brand new, refurbished, re-packed, a factory second, or even the name brand that is stated, these are all important factors to consider when comparing prices, and many sites will state what grade of merchandise they carry if it is good for business, for instance, I have seen prices for a specific digital camera range from $99.95 to $279.95 for the exact same camera and the msrp was $229.00, so I ask myself, why so high, or so low, if I choose the lowest price am I getting what I would get if I paid the high price? Well obviously the highest price is not one’s first choice, but here are some answers, the higher prices might be due to a poor choice of wholesaler or distributor, or a lack of buying power due to low volume sales, or a high overhead that needs to be considered by the merchant, or maybe they are also brick and mortar store and do not want to severely undercut the prices in the actual store with their online prices. Now when evaluating low prices consider buying American made, because there are a number of foreign manufacturers that produce cheap knock offs of the original, which are available at much lower prices than their American counterparts, also check the item listing for very small,(fine print) or similar colored text (almost invisible), stating that it is either refurbished or a factory second, and when buying branded items make sure the item picture reflects the advertised brand name, and is not an inferior knock off, this happens most when shopping for accessories like picture cards, removable mass storage devices, and other types of digital media, and similar accessories.

Something else to look out for is the price of shipping, and the geographical location of merchant, for instance, compare the shipping charges for the same item on a few sites, that are located in the same area, if one price is much higher, they might be advertising a low price but make it up in the way of a handling charge added to the shipping charge, also if you narrowed down your choice of sites to just a few, then buy from the one geographically close, which will minimize the shipping charge, an example would be if you live in California, and your narrowed down sites are located in New York, Dallas, and Seattle, the lowest shipping charges would likely be from Seattle, now if there is a site also in California, you might still consider the Seattle site to save on sales tax, provided the company does not also have a physical store in California as well, because then they will also be required to charge sales tax, on the positive side, some merchants might show extremely low prices on items that have been discontinued by the manufacturer, and the merchants want to move excess inventory before they lose their profit margin all together, so checking with the manufacturer, if the item is current, will explain such a low price, or they might be a “wholesale to the public” type merchant with tremendous buying power, and warehouse space in which case the savings are passed to you, another explanation for low prices can be the use of drop shippers, and warehouse co-ops, which reduces the overhead for online merchants because they do not need to tie up thousands of dollars in inventory to make minimums, and the expense to house that inventory, all of which can contribute to lower prices, along with being in a very competitive retail venue.

Feedback and ratings!

There are many opportunities to give feedback or rate your experience with a site. What do you choose, a highly rated store with higher prices, or a store with little or no rating with lower prices, well I for one have many times, passed on offering a rating, by not responding to the email sent, just because of the lack of time, so these should be considered on the lighter side, for instance, a high number of ratings may not all be positive, or they might have lost sight of a customers value because business is so good they no longer feel the need to go the extra mile to make or keep a satisfied customer, on the other hand, no ratings at all might only mean it is a reasonably new store and has not received the customer count of the big guys, but my thought is this, give the little guy a shot, in their pursuit of sales they are more likely to go the extra mile to win over a customer, and possibly offer an incentive to return to them for future purchases.

How to search for your purchase!

I would recommend getting as much information about a product or products from the original manufacturer’s website, they usually offer the most comprehensive information about their products and usually a suggested retail price, but generally do not sell direct, but instead provide a list of sites you can purchase from, with that said, consider this, after visiting the manufacturer’s site you probably made the decision as to which product model you want to purchase, when doing a search engine search, include the make and model in your search query, rather then a general search term like “fish finder” or “digital camera” this will accomplish a few things, first it will reduce the number of results, and make the results you do get the most relevant, then search engines usually, under these circumstances, will provide a “price compare” link, for instance Google will provide Froogle results, or a Yahoo! Search might provide a Yahoo! Shopping link to a price compared list of possible merchants, and then there are the links like Shopzilla, Price grabber, Next tag, or shop.com, to name a few, these links all provide easy access to price comparing, but be advised that many of these results are “sponsored” which means merchants paid to show up in that search result, and may not be the only relevant sites to choose from!

Where do I go to shop for many items?

Many e-commerce sites are pretty specialized, in as much as they offer a comprehensive selection of the type of merchandise they specialize in, a metal detector store for metal detectors and accessories, or a camera store for digital cameras, picture cards, and batteries, etcetera. Although these stores often have the most competitive prices they might not be your best choice when shopping for many different items, that’s where your Internet department stores might be a better choice, and I will tell you why, if you were to buy a metal detector for your Nephew, and a digital camera for your Mom, and a GPS fish finder for your Dad, and a paintball gun for your Brother, and some jewelry for your Niece, buying these items each from a different store will not be as cost efficient as taking some time to find a department type store that has all these different items for offer, even if their prices are a little bit higher, because all the shipping will be calculated by the total weight of the order, not rounding up each item to the next whole pound as when purchased from separate stores.

May all your Internet shopping experiences be positive ones!

Internet Shopping is So Much More Relaxing

Just pour yourself an iced tea and slip into your bunny slippers and start clicking!

Online shopping gives you the luxury of browsing hundreds of stores from your living room, while saving on time and frustration. It provides you the chance to compare prices to your heart’s delight on a near limitless selection of brands and models.

Internet shopping is having hundreds, maybe even thousands, of options at fingertips where comparison shopping is at its finest. No more driving from one mall to another, no more endless hours looking for just the right “thing” to wear, or walking circles in the mall. And online shopping is growing in popularity at increased speeds. With the ease of wireless connections, consumers are finding that logging on and spending hours browsing and price comparing is easier than it once was.

Consumers are attracted to malls because of the presence of well-known anchors-department stores with recognized names. Anchors generate mall traffic that indirectly increases the sales of lesser-known mall stores.

With respect to product perceptions, consumers were impressed by the breadth of stores on the World Wide Web. The shopping experience was reported to be generally enjoyable. Consumers also reported that they could perceive the potential for time savings and reduced effort compared with traditional forms of shopping.

Discount shopping is the latest tool and the consumer is the real winner in it all. It is easy if you know where to look. For example, one of the most popular places for shopping specials is an online discount shopping mall. Discount shopping is buying things below normal retail price and means buying things at or below wholesale price.

The online discount shopping mall features many discount stores, find bargains from gifts to makeup and save on books, printer ink cartridges, cosmetics and fine jewelry. Shop for airline tickets, hotels and travel deals.

The discount shopping mall provide a valuable buy for your family and friends, a unique gift store below retail prices. The mall brings consumers and retailers together to benefit from each other. Individual consumers are joined together to form a vast buyer’s cooperative, thereby gaining tremendous consolidated buying power so that the members of the mall may purchase products and services at the lowest possible cost

The discount shopping mall offers a larger number of merchants coupled with the ability to shop and redeem cash back. It allows consumers to earn money for college, retirement, travel or shopping, and provides participating businesses with a loyal supportive clientele. The discount shopping mall will develop a private branded web mall to use in conjunction with its rewards cards. The new mall will offer members an opportunity to shop online at over 5000 international merchants, earning rebates, discounts and cash value rewards for themselves. In keeping with discount shopping malls’ mission, the program will allow for all cardholders to participate in making money activities through their everyday purchases. The program provides an additional vehicle for continuity, customer loyalty, cash back opportunities to the discount shopping malls’ existing member base as well as a value-added benefit to potential new cardholders.

Save on time, money and frustration: just pour yourself an iced tea and slip into your bunny slippers and start clicking!

Internet Shopping Site – Save Money Today

You need to know you can save money on an internet shopping site. The trick is knowing the right place to go and how to get there.

First thing is you can do is go searching on your own. You can waste your time maybe finding a place that might be able to help you with your needs. The problem when you are doing your own searching for an internet shopping site is you stand a chance at getting scammed if you end up at the wrong place. You also stand a good chance at wasting a lot of valuable time that you can never get back.

You know you are looking for good legit sites where you can spend money online and you want to be able to do this without having a bunch of problems. Just about anything you can buy in a retail store these days can also be bought online. It really turns out to be quite convenient but it can get ugly as well.

There are people out there who could care less if they steal your last dollar from you. Bottom line is they will do what ever it takes to get your money. This is why you need to be careful as to where you go and how you get there.

When it comes to an internet shopping site you want it to be the best. You want to see a few things. The most important thing is it really should be a membership site. A scammer may be able to start a membership site but it would take only a few people to realize how wrong things were and they would get the word out. Once the word was out the site would be history in no time at all. So you should feel pretty safe dealing with a site that needs you to login.

Another important factor is making sure the site is associated with big names. Reason being is companies like WalMart are going to get their names removed from a scam site quite quickly.

We all know what we went through during the recession the last few years and we all know its not something we ever want to see again. For that exact reason we now are very careful and we take very good care of our money. Bottom line it really is about taking care of ourselves. Understanding that a little common sense goes a long way in determining the best internet shopping site.

How Good is Internet Shopping

Did you know that you already have a one stop shop right in your own home? Did you know that you can obtain the many items you need with just one click? Did you also know that you can get items for half the price they are actually sold on retail? I bet you know that already and I bet you already have an idea of what I am talking about. I am not speaking just because I heard it through the grapevine or just hearsay but I am speaking about a good experience my friend had about her first time internet shopping. But how good is internet shopping really is? Let us look what makes it special.

First, we are going to tackle its wide range of selection. As I have said you have a one stop shop right there with only one click away and you are already inside a virtual department store with low cost items in your grasp already. You do not need to dress up and spend for gas to go to department stores to purchase the items you need or perhaps want. Your online market will do the rest of searching for great deals items for you and all you need is to choose.

Second, we need to know about how prices really are in our virtual department store. To know the prices, you will need to patiently search for the items you need or want. Here is the catch: you will exactly get those items for big discounts and if you are fortunate for half the price you would not acquire otherwise if you shop for them at department stores. The reason is because you simply can’t. Department stores will usually charge higher and do not be surprised about it because they spend a great deal putting up the building.

Third, as I have said because you have that store right into your very own home, the convenience is rated as five stars. You simply can not put it otherwise because it is one truth most have been forgetting about. Internet shopping is the quickest and most convenient of shopping because you only have to click enter payment details and poof! You already got your item being shipped right on your very own doorstep. You just have to be careful and extra cautious though because of the rising threat of online scams. Well you already know this, do you?

I have discussed three great points on how good internet shopping can be now the rest is already up to you. You have a lot to gain if you shop online but you will have a lot to lose too when you do not shop wisely. To tell you, the online market is simply the greatest and biggest market there is and I guess nothing has ever been designed yet to compete with online shopping. Online is where many merchants and consumers meet. It is also there that you will know how easy it is to shop.