Online shopping is awesome. You can save tens and hundreds of dollars on essentials, if you do your homework.
You save money because you have access to many sellers and special deals. No longer are you limited to just the stores in your local area. After a thorough search, you can place your order with a merchant, who offers the best value, regardless of his city, state or country. Always look for quality and free shipping ... or a steal, so that you get a bargain even if you do pay the shipping charges.
The internet gives you the tools you need to be a savvy comparative shopper. I use Google's search engine, plus websites such as Pricegrabber, Amazon, and Overstock to pinpoint information. Whether I need a new laptop, or pillow case, I type in the name of the item to see what my choices are. A few clicks will pull up a list of sellers, offering the best bang for the buck.
Not having to drive out and haul a product home, saves money also. My laptop and printer were each delivered straight to my door, free of charge. Not only do retailers offer free shipping, they post exclusive price reductions on their websites.
If you are shopping for shoes, or a big ticket item like furniture or electronics, look in a few stores first to find the models you like. Try the shoes on to get your correct size. Listen to the sound of a stereo system. Then check online to find them cheaper. You want to avoid the hassles of returns, when possible.
Only shop online with retailers well known for quality merchandise and super customer care. Why take unnecessary risks and end up stuck with products that don't work out? When ordering online, I always read what other customers say about a product and the company under "customer reviews."
There are many online retailers who meet my criteria of “awesome” – i.e., they have great stuff, prices and easy returns. Favorites include:
Amazon – Books, music, everything
Apple – Computers, ipods, iphones and accessories
Brody's Of Brooklyn – Undergarments. A family business for over 30 years. Old style customer service and super knowledgeable staff. If your style has disappeared from department stores, Brody's may have it. Speak to Douglas. He won't let you order mistakes.
Canon – All-in-one printers.
Land's End – Everything from outerwear and snow boots to bathing suits and more.
LightingUniverse – Lighting fixtures at unbeatable prices.
Overstock – Jewelry, housewares, furniture, and everything else, too numerous to mention. Up to 70% off.
Zappos – Shoes, clothes and more. Free shipping both ways.