Forget the Store, Lets Just Buy That Online!December 18th, 2009 | shopping,Small Business | 2 Comments »
As the picture above from the classic Christmas movie Bad Santa shows, the holiday season is generally a time to flock to the mall. Many of us try so hard to overcome the crowds, the aggressive shoppers and the mall traffic to make sure we have all of our gifts for friends, families and co-workers.
My wife and I began this season spending a lot of time shopping at various stores. A lot of the places were actually home improvement, department and electronics stores like Home Depot, Best Buy and Sears. Much of the shopping focused around our never ending condo renovation. And I am not the only person shopping from Kikscore. Others spent time shopping for items like coats for their brother!
Throughout much of our shopping, I kept saying to my wife, “Lets go get some Red Lobster because we can buy these items online. Its easier, we can get more selection and we can pick it out while we are relaxing on our couch.” One added bonus of not buying in the store is when you purchase online it gets delivered. Therefore I am saved from breaking my back trying to load the purchases into the Black Dragon (our 2000 Black Honda Accord – @157,000 miles).
Buying online is just so much easier than having to fight through the crowds to get what you want. Its even better because then I do not have to face the challenge of my pregnant wife being able to outwalk me!
This season we are buying online much more because:
1) Buying online is easy;
2) Buying online is convenient;
3) Buying online allows you to shop at multiple sites from the comfort of your home;
4) Buying online allows you to do real time price and product functionality lookups and comparisons;
5) Buying online gets your products delivered to your doorstep; and
6) Buying online allows you to avoid the hyped H1NI germs, frantic shoppers, bad traffic and interesting characters that roam the shopping malls
Now buying online is not without its issues too. For example, we recently ordered a large sink for our bathroom. Well the supplier of the sink decided to ship it via ground transportation. What do you think happened when the sink had to make its way from St. Louis to Washington DC in the back of a truck along beautiful and scenic I-70? Well that sink was delivered 3 separate times and each time there was a large crack in it forcing us to return the sink. So watch out and make sure you use these 5 tips for safe online shopping when you buy online.
Let us know if you are avoiding the crowds and buying more online.