Online Holiday Shopping
By: Allison Bolger
This holiday season, lessen the hassle of finding gifts by shopping online. In a time where green is good and frugality is key, the internet proves to be a favorable resource for consumers. Shopping on the net allows buyers to browse an endless amount of options, compare prices, and utilize special deals and discounts, all without leaving their homes. Customers don’t have to deal with traffic, crammed parking lots, overcrowded malls and superstores, or wait in long lines. The convenience of purchasing goods online is clear, and it’s even more environmentally friendly than physically going to a store. Fewer people on the roads driving from store to store results in less air pollution and less fuel consumption, which also means consumers save money by not buying gas.
The internet is a huge help this holiday season, but buyers should stay cautious and protect themselves from scammers. Shoppers should know their merchant; try to shop at places you trust or know are legitimate businesses. Know what information the company is asking of you and what they are using it for. Always save confirmations of purchases and contact information, as well as tracking numbers so you know when you will receive your merchandise. Remember that if you have questions or are suspicious of a company, you can always call a phone number on the website and talk to a real person. It’s usually a red flag if the company doesn’t list an address, phone numbers, or any contact names.
So if you’re worried about finding time and energy to find presents for loved ones this year, don’t be! Enjoy the ease of the most convenient, unoccupied, gigantic shopping mall in the world open 24/7 right in your own home. Spend more time with your family and friends this year and celebrate the holidays with less stress by shopping online. Check out the following website for more tips on shopping online, http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/money/shopping/shopping-tips/online-shopping-tools/overview/online-shopping-tools-ov.htm.