The holiday shopping season is in full swing, but if the thought of hitting a swamped mall puts you in a less than festive mood, fret not. It’s not too late to get your shopping done online, from the comfort of your home.
First thing you need to do if you are planning on buying online is to protect your privacy. Be sure to check the web address before you hit “BUY.” The purchase page should start with https (not just http). The ‘s’ provides an added layer of security for your personal information. Also, check the toolbar to make sure a “lock” symbol is appearing. This will give you assurance that the site is protected.
Next, you want to make sure you find out some basic but essential information before you decide to buy. For example, what is the weight and dimension of the product? What is the return policy and expected date of arrival? Make sure you’re comfortable with these details before you purchase.
Also, don’t shop solo! Ask friends and family if they want in on items from the same site. It’s often worth it to buy in bulk so you can save on shipping costs.
While it’s super convenient to get your shopping done online from your favorite big box stores, the internet also gives you many opportunities to find unique, original gifts from independent artisans, craftsmen and designers. Etsy, at http://www.etsy.com/ for example, gives you instant access the unique handmade creations your friends won’t be expecting. Another good website to check out is RedFlagDeals.com. They will have all of your local flyers and all of the top deals in those flyers all on one site for you to browse and compare.
Finally, if you decide to shop online at Amazon, it would be in your best interest to avail of their Prime shipping. At a cost of $79.00/year, you get FREE Two-Day Shipping and additional discounts on eligible purchases, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows from their Prime Video services, free music streaming of over one million songs with their Prime Music service, free unlimited photo storage, and the ability to borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for $99 a year or $10.99 a month. They also provide a Prime student service for $39/year and an Amazon family membership as well. For further information you can check out their website at www.amazon.ca/prime.