Shopping Discussion

what do you buy online?

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Jul 1, 2006
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what do you buy online?

online shopping does not appeal to me...The shipping cost / time... broker fees... online security... damaged in transit / warranty issues... and lack of the ability to see and feel the item turn me off bigtime...

what are some recent purchases you have made? and what has been the benefit?
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Apr 5, 2009
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A laptop, lingerie, glasses, wallets, bags, motorcycle gear, memory cards, books, custom made jewellery, cellphones, pretty much anything except groceries.

Many of the things are purchases from Canadian sellers so no brokerage. Shipping is free most of the time. For some items it's the convenience of shopping in the middle of night from home or during the day without leaving the office. Other times it's just incredibly cheaper to get it online. Yet others, it's just a one of a kind purchase that I would not be able to find locally (like things from

I have received probably over 100 packages over the years and I have rarely had any issues with damage or lost packages. If they happen, they have always been resolved to my satisfaction - every single time.

You can get duped into buying junk locally too, shop smart and you will not get into any more trouble than you normally do.
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Sep 6, 2009
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Just received
Computer parts (cheaper than local and no one carried the certain adapter locally)
Case for cellphones (no need to pay $40 bucks for a piece of plastic or rubber when online is $4+shipping)
Toys (cheaper than local and not the toys r us kind)
Movies (cheaper than locally)

Most of the time items I order online are because its cheaper than buying locally.
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Oct 6, 2007
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i buy everything online except grocery. i usually stick to company that has store returns (or hassle free returns) unless the thing i'm buying is dirty cheap and that i'm saving a lot on the original (or local) price. other times, i'm going to look at their retail store and make the purchase online because they have my size, the color i want or it's just cheaper even with shipping fee
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Oct 14, 2003
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Last few orders

Computer Parts
24 Inch Monitor
Leather Jacket
Video Games
Battery Grip
Playing cards

Basically everything except food. The benefit is I like in a smaller city, shopping online gives me access to products I may not normally have direct access to.
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Jul 29, 2006
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I'm a very impatient person so prompt shipping and fast delivery is crucial for me. If they don't promise to ship within 24 hrs I won't bother. Oh and I avoid UPS options like the plague. Their skewed and screwed up brokerage rape I mean fees is ridiculous. So with that said, other than perishable items I'll buy anything online. They're usually always so much cheaper than in stores locally.
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Apr 14, 2007
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I buy all my PC stuff online because of more selection and save PST since I'm in Quebec. Also order Russian brides and those who don't perform well I send them back where they came from.
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Jan 17, 2010
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Computer/electronic parts, clothing (can only get tall sizes online from most places I shop) and books. All free shipping. Convenience (don't have to worry about store having stock or bother with calling and reserving all the stuff I need). In the case of, they are almost always cheaper than buying in store, except if by chance Walmart has the book I'm looking for, in which case it's usually about the same price (30% off cover)

Broker fees only apply to over-the-border shipping. At least from what I've found, even then if you get it shipped by USPS you don't have to worry about it.

I do agree that it can sometimes suck not being able to pick up and check out the actual item you'll be purchasing, but it's never been a problem for me. Most places I order from online have in-store returns anyways. Or in the case of Amazon, superb customer service to facilitate replacements.
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Nov 29, 2007
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Almost everything except food or incidental items that I need right away. I see the lady at the post office often enough that we should probably start declaring common law status on our tax returns.
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Sep 16, 2010
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i hate long lines in stores so it bypasses all that, and since all the video rental places closed down i have found it's better to buy it online (way cheaper and in abundance) plus if you look in the right places you can get free shipping. i stick to the blu ray/dvd/videogames from amazon, and the odd article of clothing from ebay (not anymore once my last package arrives, too many people taking payment and refusing to ship item or refunding your payment because they are bitter it ended at a low low price).

plus i don't want to spend my days off or having to tough the crowds when i could be doing other more enjoyable things with time.

it's just more convenient IMHO....
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Sep 24, 2006
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I buy everything online. Clothes, shoes, glasses, electronics, etc, etc, etc.
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Mar 4, 2011
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Like the rest of the posters, just about everything but food. In the last 6 months I've ordered books, blurays, clothing, shoes, eyeglasses, contact lens, e-readers, headset, bath salts, a purse, airline tickets, hotel bookings, meat grinder, BBQ parts and a corkscrew. Living close to the border I have anything I order from the US delivered to a mail drop in Point Roberts WA and then drive a cross to pick up (and fill up with cheap gas)
Dec 11, 2007
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My latest cellphone, movies, stroller as a gift, shaver, many other things I am forgetting :)

It's all the better when shipping is free or I can use some discount codes.
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I'm a hermit in the winter, so I buy most things my wife doesn't pick up online. Things that are likely to get damages in transit, I forgo till spring, summer and fall. I've just started using eBay again after eight years away...I'm sure to let you know how that goes.