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Does Online Shopping Provide Online Savings?

Aug 18, 2007
Money is saved if you shop on the net coupled with online coupons, discounts, sales, free shipping and other promotions. Many retailers actually do not offer the same deals online with those found on brick and mortar stores. Compared to an online store, a physical store involves more costs in running including electricity, fixtures, rent, payroll and other overhead expenses. Online stores enable retailers to meet their customer needs with lesser operational expenses. The retailers then pass on the savings to their customers by offering lower prices on their products.

The internet is a great source for finding products especially for items that are about to be liquidated. Since the products are housed in a centralized warehouse, this enables them to sell the products longer for they could just stay unsold in the warehouse without affecting the profit margin. Customers who are not out to purchase current and up to date products can obtain big savings for such items.

Frequently asked questions with answers are provided eliminating the shopper's need to get answers for questions especially if these are commonly asked. Of course, if you have queries and clarifications not answered by the site's FAQs, you will realize that quite often you have more professionally trained corporate employees ready to provide you with the necessary customer service as compared to the staff you would normally find in physical establishments. Sales representatives are on stand by to provide answers and lessen customer confusion without the need to wait on long aisle lines or searching for the one who is in charge as what you would normally have to do in brick and mortar shops.

Take advantage of online sites that offer price comparison services to get pricing information, product and site reviews to help the consumer shop smart and ultimately make the decision of what to shop and where to shop.

Shipping costs may be waived by the online stores to encourage customers to make a purchase. Also, for those who are apprehensive at giving their credit card and personal information online, toll free numbers are provided by most reputable sites so that customers can just phone in their relevant data.

With regards to promotions, online stores still stick to the traditional promotional calendar offering seasonal sales and closeouts similar to their brick and mortar counterparts.

As more and more people shop on the net, online retailers are responding to this need by improving and creating user friendly sites and exceptional customer service aside from providing more product selections.
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