Online Shopping. Tell Us About It!

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  1. Krissttina Isobe

    Krissttina Isobe Very Well-Known Member
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    I like shopping whether online or brick and mortar, just wish I had more money to spend, lol! I've had very good experiences both online shopping at amazon.com. Amazon.com has upped the amount for free shipping to $49 now. I like the things I can find online and sometimes online is cheaper. Especially now with ebates.com or retailmenot.com you can get money from shopping online from ebates.com or get great discounts from retailmenot.com, groupon.com too. I've had positive experiences only even when I had to return the item which was a microwave oven that was on rollback that just didn't work. It's so good to order such items online and get it shipped through the mail because we have no car and have to depend on my family for any car transportation, so this was sweet for us, but the oven didn't work, so we returned it locally to Walmart. It was a snap to return, got my money back quickly and everyone was nice about it.
     
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  2. Ken Anderson

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    I do a large part of my shopping online, including some of my grocery shopping. We don't have any department stores near us and have a reason to drive into Bangor at least once a week, but I still buy more stuff online than off. It's easier and cheaper. I love book store and will sometimes stop at Books a Million, which was much better when it was a Borders store. Even then, if I find something I like, I usually buy it later from Amazon.com. Yeah, I know that this is what's contributing to the closing of bookstores all over, but it would happen even if I chose to spend the higher prices to buy it in the store.
     
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    I do quite a bit of online shopping these days. I have no car and getting to the shopping centers is too difficult. I bought everything online, from clothes to tools and parts to books to even guns. Got stuck a few times. Once, I bought "a nice collection of catalogs" that turned out to be a couple of flyers from a farm store. Another time, I bought a "newly rebuilt .22 pistol" that was missing parts.
    Even when you know how to read between the lines, it still can be a crap shoot.
     
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    We almost always check out the prices on Amazon before buying anything anymore. It is not always better on Amazon, but it is always worth checking it out to see.
    We also look for the refurbished items when shopping online, and you can sometimes get things at a substantial savings from just buying a new one.
    We have some things on a subscription from Amazon, like toilet paper and paper towels that we know we will be needing on a regular basis.
    When we don't need something right away, I will often get the slower shipping and then I get credits towards books or movies. We doin't rent many movie; but I do like to get books, so it is a great option.
    Now that I am also using the Elite Deals Club, having Amazon Prime has been an even better savings, plus extra credit for books.
    The Elite Deals gives you products to try at a subsstantial discount, and then you write a review about the product on Amazon. They don't always have things that i want or need; but when they do, I save a lot of money using the discounts.
     
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    Hi everyone-I just joined yesterday and this is my 2nd post! This is wonderful :)

    I like both online and out and about shopping, although I have to say that I am probably doing more online shopping. I agree with the others that when I go out shopping it's mostly a social event with a girlfriend, or I am on a mission to find something that I need to touch! Ever since becoming an Amazon Prime member, online shopping has become more attractive since I don't have to pay for shipping. There are still some things that I like to see for myself such as yarn and some clothing. But I've even taken to ordering makeup and drugstore type items on line...it's so convenient!
     
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    Hi Yvonne--can you please tell me about Elite Deals? Thank you!
     
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    Elite Deals is a website that offers people products to try at a huge discount, often only $1-2 for an item that sells from $10-$20 or more dollars.
    Most of the items I have found are either health/beauty related or they are for cellphones and other tech gadgets; but there are also things for the house. Besides different lotions and vitamins, we have bought one of those little spiralizers that turns veggies into pasta. They also have clothes and other items that are at a good reduction, but not any better than just being on sale would be.

    They have new items all of the time, but most of the really good deals are taken right away. And they only offer so many of the items per day.
    Anyway, the reason that they do this, is to get people to try the product and leave a review on Amazon, so once you try the product, then you write a review of why you did or did not like the product.
    I started a thread about this in February, when I first learned about it, and you can find out more about it by reading the thread, and the link to sign up is there also.
    You will neeed to have an Amazon account (Prime is best-free shipping), and a Facebook page.

    http://www.seniorsonly.club/threads/great-website-for-testing-products.2688/#post-44325
     
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    Thanks so much...I'm going to check it out.
     
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    I like shopping online. I get tired of poor service. Not everyplace has poor service but some do. I figure if the person filling my order is a jerk, at least I'll never know.

    I know we should support stores but I try to buy natural cosmetics and lotions etc. I can get them so much cheaper online than at the local health food store. It's usually easy to get to the 50 dollars and then free ship.
     
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  12. Ken Anderson

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    It's interesting that, with brick-and-mortar stores being seriously threatened by online shopping, some of them do almost nothing to make their case. For example, the True Value hardware store in town closes at 4:00 pm on weekdays and is open only until noon on Saturday. True Value is where people would go to buy tools and hardware when they are doing home improvement projects, whether it involves plumbing, electrical, woodworking, painting, or gardening, yet anyone with a day job would have to get there between 8:00 am and noon on Saturday. Yet evenings and, more particularly, weekends are the time when people most need the stuff they sell at True Value. We have one other hardware store in town that's open a little later at night, on weekends, and all day on Saturday, but although they sell retail, they deal mostly with contractors. Since our house was thrashed when we bought it, and we were converting it from a three-unit apartment building to a single-family home, we spent a lot of money on stuff that was available locally, but if I wanted something on a weekend, I had to drive seventy miles to Bangor.

    I stopped at the other hardware store once, shortly after we moved in here. I don't remember what I was looking for but I didn't know the name of it, although I would have recognized it if I saw it on the shelves. The owner asked what I was looking for, then when I tried to explain that I'd know if if I saw it, but that I didn't know what it was called, he said, "Well, if you don't even know what you're looking for, you're wasting your time here." So I'd rather drive to Bangor than go there.

    Far too many businesses around here also make a habit of not keeping regular hours. For example, if the signs says that they are open until 4:00, they might close early if no one is in the store at 3:00, and that drives me crazy. There is an auto repair place just a few blocks from my house. It used to be a Chevrolet dealership, but they lost their dealership along with a lot of other Chevy dealerships a few years ago, so they've been surviving on their service and parts departments alone. Yet, while they have their hours posted on the door, the two times that I have tried to bring my car there, they were closed, although they were supposed to have been open.

    In California, when a restaurant's hours said that it was open until 11:00 pm, it meant that they wouldn't take any more orders after 11:00 pm; you could walk in at 10:45 and order something to eat. Here, that means that they plan on closing the doors at that time. When they are scheduled to serve breakfast until 11:00 am, they might close down breakfast orders at 10:30 if they feel like it.

    It drives me nuts.
     
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    At least your hardware store is open prt of the day on Saturday, @Ken Anderson . We have a hometown hardware store that has been here forever, and they close at 4PM every day, too, and are not open on weekends at all.
    Apparently, most of their business is for contractors, just like yours is; but if they actually stayed open on weekends, or even after 4PM, they would probably have more business from people who needed something from a hardware store.
    We can go to Lowes; but it is always busy on weekends, so we try to make any trips to Lowes during the week when they are not as busy.
    I think that the restaurants are mostly okay for staying open as long as they aree supposed to, but one time, we went into a fish and chips place that was supposed to be open until 10PM, and by 8, they had already put away all of the tartar sauce and other condiments.
    We were not real happy with that !
    Also, ome stores won't sell you an item if the PLU number is not there, even when the item is plainly marked as to the price. We went to Walmart to get one of those soaker hoses, and when i got to the checkout tand, she said she couldn't sell it because it didn't have the PLU, and it was the last one in stock.
    We ended up having to stand in line at customer service for 15 extra minutes in order to get the hose, even though the price was marked right on the wrapping label.
     
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