There are many Pros and Cons For Internet Shopping for Gifts. Ultimately you may find that the best option is to combine online and offline shopping this holiday season.
A lot of the Pros and Cons For Internet Shopping for Gifts will depend on the type of gifts that you are in the market for. Some items just make more sense to buy online, you can compare prices and often get a better deal online.
On the other hand, some items just don’t lend themselves so well to buying online.
For example, if you are shopping for clothing items you may find that getting the proper size to be a challenge.
Also, if you don’t get the right size it will be slightly more cumbersome for the recipient to exchange or return it.
As far as I can see, that is the biggest “con” of shopping online.
But for some of us, another con may just be the fact that we actually like the mall and seeing all the decorations.
It may sound crazy, but getting the “vibe” of the holidays by going to some local stores can be fun… especially, if you can get that vibe during the less crowded times.
For most items it is likely that the pros will outweigh the cons.
Of course there is always the potential that the company messes up your order and sends out the wrong thing, but that is simply not that common so I’m not sure I would even worry about it.
Here are some valuable tips to keep in mind when shopping online this holiday season:
1. Shop only at reputable online retailers. There was as story recently about the government shutting down a bunch of websites that were selling counterfeit merchandise.
Be leery of any deal that seems too good to be true.
2. Make sure you do price comparisons. Not all online retailers are less expensive.
Many do offer free shipping on some orders, but in some cases by the time you pay the shipping and handling fees you have lost any savings.
Make sure you know what the shipping and handling costs are and that that “great” deal, really is a great deal.
3. Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time when shopping online.
True you won’t have to deal with parking hassles and crowded malls but if you want that gift to arrive at the last minute you will pay big bucks for expedited shipping.
Plan ahead to get the most out of shopping online.
4. Make sure you know what their return policy is. Even if you aren’t buying an item of clothing, the person receiving the gift may still want to return it.
Make sure that if they need (want) to return something that they don’t have to go through a lot of hoops to do so.
So, with all the Pros and Cons For Internet Shopping for Gifts you may just find that they balance out and you will buy some gifts online and buy the rest at your local stores to support your community.