Why Online Shopping Is Best for Christmas Shopping

by Hank Coleman

Cyber Monday Christmas shoppingWe are getting closer to the biggest shopping season of the year, and with that comes big deals and even bigger crowds. I cannot stand the crowds at the malls and the other major shopping centers during the holidays. With the introduction of Cyber Monday, more and more people are choosing to do their shopping online instead of in a brick and mortar store. Here are a few reason why you should consider shopping online too as the best for Christmas shopping.

No Lines: If you’ve ever shopped from Black Friday up to Christmas Eve, chances are you have experienced the massive amounts of people shopping at the same time. Parking can be hard to find, and once you get into the store, lines can go from the door all the way to the back. That’s more time wasted waiting just to pay for your things. When you do your Christmas shopping online, it’s just you and your shopping cart, and you can checkout when you’re ready.

Bigger Inventory: How many times have you gone into a store, and found something you’d like to buy, but it’s either the wrong size or the wrong color? While some may be able to tell you when they’re expecting a new shipment, or can direct you to another store nearby who may have exactly what you’re looking for, that takes more time than it should. If you shop on the same store’s website, the inventory is usually much larger, carrying just about all of the varieties of a particular item. One of the downsides is that you can only see pictures, so you run the risk of ordering one size and it not fitting properly, or a color that looked one way online and looks a little different in person.

More Coupons: Stores are pretty generous when it comes to deals around the holidays. From door busters to sales, you can find prices slashed for just about anything you’re searching for. When you order online and spend a certain amount on your order, you can usually get an additional discount at checkout. You also have the chance to search for coupon codes. Websites like RetailMeNot.com give you codes that have worked for other online shoppers. If you’re subscribed to a store’s email list, you may benefit from exclusive coupons being delivered to your inbox. These are two of my favorite ways to save money during the holidays. I do not buy anything online with out checking out RetailMeNot.com first.

Clear Return Policy: In the chaos of longer work hours and a constant flow of customers, some sales associates may forget to give you the details on the store’s return policy. This can be frustrating for shoppers who may want to make a return or exchange, and were not informed before they left the store what was required in order to bring an item back. When you’re shopping online, you can easily find a return policy, and are pretty flexible about your online orders.

Cash Back: This is an option that you can find offline as well, but it’s a lot easier when you do your shopping online. There are websites like Ebates and Mr. Rebates that give you links to your favorite online retailers, and when you’re ready to checkout, you will get a percentage of your purchase back to you, either in the form of a check, back on your credit card, or as a gift card to a retailer. Who doesn’t love getting paid for shopping?

So this year, you can skip Black Friday and choose Cyber Monday. You can save your gas and your time by doing your Christmas shopping from your bed on your laptop. You won’t have to worry about getting everything you need in time, with amazing shipping and return policies. It’s all available for you online.

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About Hank Coleman

Hank Coleman is the founder of Money Q&A, an Iraq combat veteran, a Dr. Pepper addict, and a self-proclaimed investing junkie. He has written extensively for many nationally known financial websites and publications. Hank holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and is currently pursuing his Certified Financial Planner credentials. Email him directly at Hank[at]MoneyQandA.com.

Hank Coleman has written 539 articles on Money Q&A. Learn more about Money Q&A on Twitter @MoneyQandA and @HankColeman.

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