When it comes to Christmas shopping, gone are the days when we must brave bad weather, long line-ups, cranky store clerks and sore feet just to find the perfect gifts for the people on our list. Look to the world of virtual shopping for the gifts you seek this year, and the ease of convenience will give you something to be thankful for this holiday season!
Read on for some suggestions on how you can make your online Christmas shopping a simple and easy process, not to mention an enjoyable one, too!
1. Make a Christmas list, and realize that you will save time and money if you place one big order, as opposed to placing a couple of small orders online. The reason for this is because the majority of online stores charge a flat shipping fee. Plus, if you spend over a specified amount on a given order, in some cases the shipping and handling charge will be waived. Check this out before you place your order.
2. It pays to shop early in the virtual world, the same as it does in the offline world. Even online stores can sell out of popular items. To prevent disappointment, start shopping as early as your budget permits. Bear in mind that if you need to send items back or make exchanges because the size is wrong, it helps if you are “the early bird who gets the worm”!
3. Keep safety and security in mind when you shop online. This is extremely important. There are no cash purchases online, so you must verify that you are shopping at sites that are secure. A secure site should start with “https” as opposed to “http”, and it should be encrypted with SSL technology.
4. If the thought of buying holiday wrap and tags fills you with dread, then take advantage of the gift wrapping services that are offered by a variety of online shopping sites.
5. When ordering an item, always verify the expected date of delivery. If an item cannot be guaranteed by Christmas, you might decide not to order it. Always check the status of items before you click on the final button. Around Christmastime things get hectic in the online world, and it is not uncommon for items to end up on back order.