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Buy online products with wisdom

Updated on May 20, 2014

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For wisdom is better than jewels; And all desirable things cannot compare with her (Proverbs 8:11, NASB)

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Wisdom goes a long way in the process of shopping. I have come to appreciate why people "window shop" before they spend their money. Window shoppers sacrifice something in order get what they need and want. First, these shoppers decide to sacrifice time. For example, people take the step to leave home and drive to predetermined shopping destination. Then, when they arrive at location, they go through the stress of finding parking spot when parking structure is hectic. This means they exercise patience by not getting frustrated because they have a purpose. Once window shoppers park, they determine to walk and explore entire shopping center. You would agree with me that interior shopping centers are not small environment, but large areas consisting of many departments. We can learn some important lessons from window shoppers that can be applied to different contexts.

Let me digress to give little background philosophy of different class of people. The field of sociology can share some insights about class in our society. Most people have heard about the concept of the role of class conflict. It means that there are some people who possess enormous material properties and money than other individuals. The point I want to emphasize is many people window shop fall into the category of having less property or money and they tend to possess wisdom in regard to shopping.

I would argue that many people who purchase online products, according to sociological understanding, are lower economic class, meaning they do not have large bank account statements compare with some people who are considered high class economically. Therefore, the focus of our topic is dealing with the majority of people shop whether online or contact to contact shopping centers. Let us consider online shoppers.

There are different types of online shoppers: students, parents, teachers, singles, homeowners, apartment renters, organizations, etc. Students comprise of many online shoppers for couple reasons. They do not have a lot of money. Many students do not work or if they do work, the income is not enough to purchase school supplies and meeting their needs. The most popular products students buy are books(textbooks, novel, and anything to do with school supplies.) There is a belief or axiom that some students would agree with me. That is, books in every college and university bookstores are very expensive and students prefer to pay less than schools are offering in such institutions. This is true in my college and university experience.

I remember when I graduated from high school, I got a part time job working 15 hours a week and I registered full time with 12 units in college. I was grateful that my classes were paid because of my citizenship. On the first day of school, I observed long lines of students trying to purchase books and school supplies. I waited and when I got into the bookstore, I was astonished to see many expensive books. I could not believe it. The little money I had went totally to purchasing all of my books and I was broke. I was not familiar with the idea of saving money by purchasing school materials online. I did not utilize the benefits of buying products from amazon and Barnes and Noble and others. I could have save a lot of money. Later in life, I took advantage and used my wisdom of shopping.

I am grateful for the power of online shopping. Students must continue to take advantage of shopping for school supplies online. I have bought many books from amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. I am not arguing that students will always find less expensive school supplies they need, but I want to reiterate the important benefits of shopping online. Before school starts, students need to visit their bookstores and find out the books they need for upcoming quarter or semester. For example, I am planning to attend summer class and I did my research by visiting my school to find out what books I need for my classes. I went home, searched, and found my books and saved books on personal account. After I register for my courses for Summer classes begin, I will order those books saved on my account. In the past, I used amazon and was able buy less expensive books. I saved a lot of money.

One tip I would like to give to people is used books are as good as new books. Sometimes many used books look great and in good condition. Sometimes, online textbooks or books are expensive, but students almost or always have options to buy used-less expensive books. I love ordering books from amazon most of the time and the books arrive on time.

Living in the 21st century, parents are moving progressively toward online shopping. There are different sites that parents can use to save family deals. Almost anything for children, teenagers, young adults and elderly can be found. There are shoes products, jeans products, sweater products, suit products, school products, games products, toy products, etc.

Teachers nowadays have many options online. Before great teachers had to go to specialize stores to obtain school supplies for their students. Things have changed; they need to have their credit cards or debit cards and start ordering products. Here are some great sites for teachers:

Another online benefit is dating sites for singles. It might be strange for including this subject as a product, but heterosexual people can "shop" or used these dating sites to find great people. Dating sites are type of "shopping store" in a sense that people, sometimes, are required to pay for services monthly, two months, three months, six months or more than a year contract. People have found great people and they are surviving life commitment of marriage marathon.

In our society, most people do not have the income to own houses. However, there are many homeowners. This means that owning homes require regular maintenance, which brings me to online products. I know that that there are major stores in our communities which cater toward homeowners like Home Depot. Homeowners can order furniture, refrigerators, washing/drying machines, appliances, bathroom supplies, carpets, etc. Again, the internet provides enormous number of resources for homeowners.

Apartment renters can also benefit from online products. Several years ago, people had to physically walk and drive long distance to look for apartments. First, people walked randomly to different locations to look to rent. Second, they had to communicate with renters in persons. But things have change somewhat. People can now search for apartments and rooms online without significant difficulty.

Since the internet is exchange process, buying and spending less with wisdom are understatement. We can bargain because we can always search for less expensive products. All companies compete for our money. Therefore, we can influence companies by using wisdom during purchasing of online products. Always I try to stimulate and challenge my readers with great and wonderful quotes. Please, be open to these words. What I mean is try to think about the implication of this quote in relation to you. Thank you.


12For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it (Ecclesiastes 7:12 KJV).

Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:34-37).

The idea is being balance or moderate in our shopping with products.



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