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Why You Should Shop Online This Christmas
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The internet has opened up a whole new world of shopping. Not only does it make it easier to find unique and uncommon gifts, but you can save time, stress and money in the process. Here's a guide to the main benefits of shopping online:

1) Comparison Shopping Made Easy

Online shopping is the easiest means of comparison shopping. There is no need to go through tons of newspaper advertisements or use up gas by driving from store to store checking prices.

There are even some websites that allow you to search for an item you want to purchase as a Christmas gift, and then give you all the online stores that have it available and how much it costs. Comparison shopping is literally one click away.

2) Online Specials not Available in Stores

Many online retailers, whether they only offer online shopping or in-store shopping, will have specials that are only available to those who visit their websites. There are also websites available that will give you a listing of the current specials being offered by online retailers so you can take advantage of the discounts.

Some of the specials may include free shipping for a limited time, or an extra percentage off of clearance items. This is a great way to do early Christmas shopping without having to spend time traveling between different stores. If you have a favorite store or product, but sure to sign up to their mailing list for notifications of new discounts.

3) No Dealing with Long Lines and Crowds

You can easily complete all your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your own home, in your pajamas while lying in bed, or sipping your favorite beverage sitting in your favorite chair. Sometimes it may take some research online before you find the perfect gift, but this is worth saving you the stress of crowded stores, rude customers, and even rude sales people.

Some online vendors even offer special gift wrapping and customized gift notes that can be mailed directly to the recipient at a small fee. This even saves you the time of delivering gifts! These special services, usually only offered online, make Christmas shopping easier and less stressful.

4) More Unique Gift Options

When Christmas comes around, much of the same gift ideas are available at different local stores. Online shopping gives you the freedom to find unique gifts that will be special to the recipient. You can also have gifts personalized with names or phrases to make them extra special. It shows that you really put thought into purchasing the gift, which will most likely mean a lot to the recipient.

5) Free Shipping and No Sales Tax

Many online vendors offer free or discounted shipping with each purchase. This is obviously less than paying for fuel to shop from one store to the next. In addition, depending on where you live, many online vendors still do not charge sales tax. This is an additional saving to you, the consumer, meaning you can stretch your Christmas budget further.


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