Gift shopping online has never been easier and better. The first part of this article highlights the advantages of shopping online and the second part discusses some tips on how to make the best out of your online search.
Why Shop Online?
1) Shopping online saves time, expensive gas and money. Some companies do not charge sales tax for out of state sales, but there may be use tax implication.
2) The best part of online shopping is that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home. No more roaming around crowded stores, malls or wait in long checkout queue.
3) It may be hard to resist impulse buy if you are wandering around in the stores. With online shopping the urge is reduced because your search or purchase is usually more focused.
4) You can shop online anytime and anywhere as long as you have access to the internet.
5) One advantage of shopping online is if you are buying a gift for someone abroad. You can buy online from a local vendor and have the gift shipped to the recipient without you going through the trouble of sending it yourself.
6) Many online stores offer very quick dispatch or delivery. Many offer next day delivery. Therefore, last minute shoppers can shop with ease.
Starting Your Search – Making The Best Out of Your Online Gift Shopping
1) You may already have a store in mind but if you are starting your search, there are various ways where a search may begin. Firstly, if you know what gift you would like to buy, a search by “product” can be done. Try to be as specific or narrow your search to produce the best results. For example if you are searching for a Kodak 8″ digital frame, type in the full description (including model if you know it) instead of just digital frames. If you are looking for a gift to be delivered in the UK, include the words “for UK delivery” in your search. This will narrow your results tremendously. Also, look at the domain or url of the listed websites. Those that end in .com may be US located websites and they may not deliver to the UK. It is best to pick sites that end in .co.uk to speed up your search.
You may also search by “occasion” such as “Mother’s Day” or by “theme” such as “funny birthday presents for boyfriend”
2) Make use of online shopping tools offered by these shopping sites to enhance your gift search. Popular tools include Gift Wizard which will help you find products from some given criteria’s (age, interests etc..); Price Comparisons are useful; Wish List and Events Reminder are also value added tools; Many customers find Product Reviews and Testimonials helpful.
3) Look for companies with favorable Returns Policy and quick dispatch or delivery. 30 days back guaranteed and shipping within 24 hours are usually expected and reasonable conditions for many online stores.
4) Also important is the ability to contact the store readily. A store that offers a telephone contact number will boost customer confidence.
Happy Online Shopping!