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Advantages of Shopping Online

Updated on December 6, 2012

In today's hectic world, people are looking to the internet for more convenient ways to get it all done. Like shopping for instance: Who has time to shop when you have a full time job, kids to shuffle, dinner to cook and a house to clean? If you shop online, you already know that it definitely has it's advantages over conventional shopping. For those a little less familiar with shopping online, here are some of the best advantages.

Convenience

Online shopping is convenient. All you need is a computer with internet and your good to go. You can shop online at your favorite stores without the crowds and pushy people with shopping carts. Once you have made your online purchase it will be shipped directly to your home. No more lugging shopping bags in and out of your car. How convenient is that? You can get anything you need, all from the comfort of your own home. Another nice thing is that online stores never close. You can shop any time you want- 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Save Money

You can save more money shopping online than you can shopping the old way plus you have much more selection on the internet. More selection makes for happy shopping. One of the main ways you can save money is by shopping at places like Ebay-- where you can buy international. Many international suppliers, like from Hong Kong, post items on Ebay at super cheap prices, much less than you would pay here in the United States for the same merchandise. You can get super savings on anything from Jewelry to electronics at a fraction of the price. Many offer free shipping too. The only downside is it may take a few weeks to get to you, but for the money you save it can be worth it.

Another way to save cash shopping online is by using Coupon codes or promo codes. You simply add the code when you are making an online purchase at checkout and the savings will automatically be applied to your total. There are TONS of coupon codes so how do you find out which ones are available? The best way to find the best coupon codes is to visit a site such as CouponSnapshot. They have a huge, searchable database of current coupon codes for your favorite stores online. From computers to cosmetics, whatever you are shopping for there is a code. Just go grab the code and get the savings! CouponSnapshot is worth checking out as they have lots of great deals too.

Also, when shopping online from a place that does not have a location in the state you live, you are NOT required to pay sales tax. For example, If I bought a camcorder from Best Buy online, I am required to pay sales tax because we have several Best Buy locations in my home state but if I were to buy the same camcorder at Amazon.com at a better price, I will get additional savings because I do not have to pay sales tax as there is no Amazon headquarters in my state.

There is lots of advantages when Shopping Online!
There is lots of advantages when Shopping Online! | Source

Compare Prices

Another advantage to shopping online is the ability to compare prices from many stores at once. It helps insure you save as much money as you possibly can on the items you seek. When you shop at Amazon.com they will automatically list different prices from other dealers for the same product. It can be surprising the differences in price. There are other sites such as pricegrabber.com and bizrate.com that are specifically for comparing prices and finding the best deals. Using Google shopping is a great way to compare prices too.


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    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you bangingbeauty! Going over to check out your hub now :)

    • bangingbeauty profile image

      bangingbeauty 

      6 years ago

      Hi Jamie, I like your post as I am a great fan of online shopping. I published a hub recently on what to watch out for when shopping online for those of us that purchase items online. Do drop by when you are free. Cheers!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      katrinasui: Thank so much. I appreciate you stopping by :)

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      katrinasui 

      6 years ago

      You have mentioned few great points here. I enjoyed reading it.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      randomcreative: Thank you for reading! Glad you found the tips useful.. I love shopping online- just from the money saved you can't beat it. Thank you again and "see" you later!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great tips! Thanks for the link for Couponsnapshot. I will bookmark it. I regularly shop both in stores and online. It's nice to support local places, but there are lots of good deals online, too.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      prasetio30: Yes, I absolutely agree and that's a great point. I usually only purchase international on Ebay where they have the rating system. It helps to weed out the bad ones. Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comment :)

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Oscortega: Yes, I agree with you. That is the one draw back I can think of but as you said, the savings are sometimes hard to beat. Thank you for stopping by!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Jimmy: Thank you!! I am grateful to be able to finally help you with something! Even if it's with my article..Still it's nothing compared to what you have done for me. I love you.

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      prasetio30 

      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love your idea about shopping online. But again...we should be careful with many scam companies out there. Better find trusted and legitimate company for online shopping and we felt safe while shopping online. Very well written and very inspiring hub. Rated up and useful.

      Prasetio

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      Oscortega 

      6 years ago from California

      I've always felt that shopping online had it's advantages. And over the past few years since the introduction to the open internet, people are shopping online more and more. The only disadvantage I could think of is not having the product in hand for inspection. Like trying on a pair of shoes, or a pant. But I would agree, the savings tend to make up for the few disadvantages.

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      gemtea 

      6 years ago

      Interesting, insightful and informative. Jamie, have been an online shopper for many years but pay little attention to really smart shopping. I'm definitely going to use what you wrote in helping me with my new budget. Exorbitant costs today make saving money virtually mandatory to keep my head above financial water. Your Hub is going to put money back in my pocket so believe me when I say Thank You

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Sinea Pies: You are welcome! Glad you like it :)

      missolive: Thanks so much sweetie.. I appreciate your vote and positive feedback :0)

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      Sinea Pies 

      6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Great hub with great links. Thanks so much.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Jamie - thank you for those links - shopping resources YES! I wonder what the retail world will be like over the next few years. Technology is taking over human jobs and more of us are in fact turning to the Internet for information and products. Plus, cost comparison websites are popping up everywhere. Kuddos on a very interesting read.

      voted up - useful - interesting :)

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