Lately I had ordered for my brother something special, in fact a watch from this store. I''m very far away from my bro and it is really hurting that I won''t be wid him this Rakhi. I''m really sad but really happy that http://rakhi.giftalove.com/ has delivered me really a great gift to surprise him in advance. I ordered two days earlier and now the watch is in my hand which I''m going to give him as rakhi gift. Thank you!!!
Ordered some outfits for holidays, had choice of delivery day. As it was the weekend and they offered Monday I thought maybe it ought to be Tuesday to be on the safe side. Waited in all day - no show. Checked with customer services - Courier tried to delivery - what a pack of lies the YODEL peeps do tell.Moral of the story - order goods weeks before required.
I am definately from the generation of online shoppers, I find it so much easier if I want to buy something, whether it be my weekly shop or a new pair of shoes to go online and order it rather than having to find time to go into the nearest town.
The advantages of shopping online -
1 - You can compare prices at the click of a button, if you went into the town centre the shops which sell the item you want may not be close to each other;
2 - You don't have the cost of driving into town and parking;
3 - I find I'm less likely to buy something I hadn't intended to buy because it was there on the end of an aisle;
4 - you can shop at whatever time of day you want to;
5 - You can usually find a dicount code for the big shops by googling their name and there are often online only offers.
As with everything it has it's adavntages but there are disadvantages of shopping online...
The disadvantages of shopping online -
1 - You often have to pay postage charges;
2 - You have to wait for your purchases to be delievered, and this often means staying at home all day which isn't always easy if you work;
3 - You can't try things on, just look at a picture.
I find the advantages outweigh the disadvantages but shopping online isn't for everyone.
I am now an avid internet shopper and over the years my shopping habits have changed drastically. Being a fashion-conscious girl I used to spend hours and hours trapsing around the shops on the weekends looking for the next great find but as I have gotten older I no longer have the time or energy to do this.
Now, in my spare time I browse various sites on the internet, mainly fashion and footwear sites. There are many benefits to online shopping compared to walking endlessly around the high street and there are always things you can find online that you would never find in a shop, especially if you are like me and like something a little unusual.
Another great thing about online shopping is that you can usually pick up items a lot cheaper than you would be able to on the high street and now with all the price comparison sites that are available, it is easy to find the best possible prices for whatever you may be looking for.
Again, time saving is another factor and online shopping comes in very handy around Christmastime, especially if you have a lot of people to buy for. It also enables you to avoid the rush and getting squashed in shops at this time of year, so with ordering online you can definitely keep your tress levels to a minimum, instead you can sit back and relax whilst your orders come piling in through your own front door.
A downside to ordering online is the delivery charges and times. As I said before, usually things can be found much cheaper online so the delivery charges are not really an issue. A lot of places also offer next day delivery which is vital if you have left things until the last minute and need something fast.
There are risks with online shopping with entering your card details so it is always wise to check that it is safe and advisable to order from reputable sites that you trust.
I do enjoy a day out in town now and then having a look around the shops but much prefer online shopping.
Online grocery shopping has been on of the best aspects of todays internet. Long gone are the days that we all used to trudge round the local supermarket in a daze, noisy kids in tow, mindlessly filling our trolley to overflowing, struggling at the till to bag everything fast enough, piling it all in the car and then unloading it at home followed by putting everything away in the cupboards, only to realize we had forgotten half the stuff we went in to buy in the first place....
Supermarket shopping had become a real chore, and as any parent knows, it is horrible with kids! You could guarantee that as soon as we got to the front of a very long queue, one of the kids would be desperate for the loo. It is frustrating, laborious and time consuming, so why bother when we can go online?
A friend of mine recommended Tesco online, but like a lot of people I was reluctant to dip my toe in the water. I had lots of questions- what if they haven't got what you want? What about the quality of the fresh food? How secure is payment? I put it off for a long time, but one afternoon I decided to give it a go.
The first shop on any grocery website is the longest. They require you to log in your details and register passwords. All the aisles are sprawled out before you virtually, and it can seem a bit bewildering at first.
The aisles are labelled in a logical order, fruit and veg, bakery, meat and so on. it is best towork your way through each menu and sub menu, filling the virtual trolley. You can search for items you can't find, using a search box at the side.
Once the trolley is full, you can book a delivery slot. With Tesco and Asda it is a 2 hour slot, with sainsbury a 1 hour slot. Prices vary for the slots between £3 and £6 depending on the day of the week and time of day you choose. with Sainsburys, the midweek slots are free if you spend a certain amount on groceries.
Checkout is easy via a secure page where you input your card details. you can opt to save the details to avoid typing them over and over again. Some supermarkets add extra security features, such as a link to the card frovider and an added password for extra security, such as "verified by Visa". The checkout page is also where you can set substitution options if an item is out of stock, as well as adding voucher codes and opting whether to have carrier bags.
Then you just wait for delivery! The vans usually come on time. sainsburys have a guarantee that if they miss the time slot they will give you a £10 voucher. The drivers are all really nice and will carry the crates of shopping to where you want to unload them. They will inform you of any substituted and out of stock products, and if you don't like the substitution they will take it back and refund you. They will give you a printout receipt with a list of the items you have bought.
The only problems I have had shopping online for groceries are when there have been items missing, or occasionaly, I get a bag of someone elses shopping. There is a phone number on the receipt that you can ring. if shopping is missing, they will refund you.if you have extra, they will usually let you keep it for free, although if there is a driver still in the area, they may collect and take it to its rightful owner.
Once you have shopped once, your choices will be saved on a favourites list, making it easier and quicker to do subsequent shops. Online shops also have specia loffer pages with the lates BOGOFs ang multibuys.
These are the shops i have used and the advantages of each:
Generally the cheapest. Cheap delivery slots. Will match the price of substituted items. Often get vouchers for free delivery.
Can get clubcard points. Have recently mtched Asdas policy of price matching substitutes.
1 hour slots. Free delivery midweek over a certain spend. Nectar points.
I have recently started using the Mysupermarket website which helps you save even more cash online. You shop as normal via their website and it will show you the cost at the top of the 4 main online retailers. It will also give you cheaper options so you can "downshift" and make savings. You also get ipoints which you can redeem for goods on their website,as well as voucher codes.
I would not go back to normal shopping now.
Online shopping is possibly the most convenient aspect of the internet - everything has its downside of course, but what could be more satisfying than sitting at your computer and organising your grocery shopping, your Christmas shopping and booking your summer holiday over a glass of wine on a cold evening?
Grocery shopping in particular is much easier online for a variety of reasons:
- if you don't have a car the groceries are brought to you and you don't have to wrestle them home on a bus or a long cold walk
- you only buy what you need - impulse buying is way down when you can't see the tempting chocolates and think, hmm, one's not going to do me any harm ... but they're on 3 for 2 ...
- the two-hour delivery slot (just one hour with Sainsbury) is about the length of time a large shop would take, but you can spend it doing other household jobs or sitting with your feet up
- cashback websites and discount codes mean it often works out cheaper
It does of course have a downside:
- you can't choose your own stuff, and sometimes it seems like the people who do the order picking deliberately give online shoppers dented tins and short-dated products
- if your stuff's not available there can be creative substitutions
Shopping online in general is much the same sort of thing - cashback sites and discount codes make online shopping a bargain hunt at your literal fingertops, but you have to be careful to maintain a decent security system on your computer and only use reputable shops. Also, if nobody's around when your parcels arrive, you still end up having to go and reclaim them at the sorting office.
I now only buy things I need immediately in regular shops - my first stop is always the internet and I find it works a charm. I was recently quoted just over £3000 from a high street shop for a family holiday, but found it online for £2000 with 3.5% cashback. Insurance covers me if something went wrong and we still have travel insurance, so that's £1000 saved and we still get our trip.
I absolutely love internet shopping as I can buy things that I will otherwise never find in the shops and not to mention that this way I get in touch with small producers of various unique and usually inaccessible from high street shops.
Below are some personal tips and rules I guide myself by:
- Sometimes there are companies so small where you can hardly find any reviews about them so it makes me wonder if they are genuine or not. A genuine webpage should always have a contact address and telephone number.
- I always pay by credit card as it gives me the best coverage in case something goes wrong. I avoid paypal by any means unless I am using eBay.
- I never buy electronic items that I have not seen in a real shop, as certain brands can be really badly made, which cannot be found out except with a physical check.
- I check the official website of an company and compare if there is a better offer on the item in a high street shop or elsewhere online .
- When it comes to eBay I never buy designer or valuable items as there is a high potential that they are fake.
- If I am going to buy expensive items off the internet I always check the official brand name webpage and follow their official authorised seller.
- I buy as often as I can from the official brand name and shop rather then use some 'middle man' webpage. Also the official webpage in general has the best customer service and it able to deal with a complaint better.
- I am always careful with the information I give out, if in doubt do not
- I always opt out off the receiving further commercial emails or so from WebPages as I just end up invade with junk email. I always make sure that the webpage I am buying from does not sell my detail to second parties.
- always check for the security tag on the bottom right screen, usually a little lock
- if something is too good to be true it usually is
- always check carefully the domain name because false names are set -up with only slight unnoticeable difference.
- If I do not know who the email is from I am very suspicious, there can be sent links by pretend like companies. For example I never follow the link from your email to sign it to eBay.
Off line and on line we all like to find a bargain buy, we love to think we have got something for a lot less then it's worth, but how often do we just get tricked into thinking we have got a bargain? I think this is happening more and more these days off and on line.
How do we know how much we are saving on a sale item? we usually look at the RRP yes, but what is the RRP? it's just a recommended price the manufacturer thinks the item should sell for at the time of production, it does not mean the item is worth that much, only you can put a value on an item you want, there are two main ways i think we get ripped off with the RRP tricks.
Here is a couple of examples i found on Play.co.uk:
Memorex 5 pk DVD+R RRP £19.99 save 90% you pay £1.93.
So this must be a real bargain as your saving 90%! no as a quick Google shows the average price for this item is between £2.50 & £3.70 +PP, so in this case Play is still the best all round price but your not saving anything like 90%.
Another example from Play.co.uk:
SanDisk Ultra II Memory Stick PRO Duo 2GB £24.99, RRP £106.99 save 76%
Once again a quick Google shows the average price is between £15 & £25, so this looks like a bargain but can be found much cheaper on line within minuets, the 76% saving will be from the RRP of the item when it first came out about 10 years ago, so even though the price of new technolagy drops like a bomb as soon as it becomes popular they still quote the origanal silly over the top RRP to make it look like a bargain.
The second way i think manufacturers try to trick us is simply put a well inflated RRP on everything you sell then heavily discount it at point of sale to make it look like a bargain, i an going to name a manufacturer that in my opinion does this with just about everything it sells all the time, off line in high street shops and even on it's own web site, at Viners.co.uk almost everything is always discounted by about 40%, so why not just have an RRP 40% less? simple, becouse then it would not look like you are saving 40%, i have bought discounted Viners products before and found them to be good quality for the price i paid, but if i had payed the full RRP i would not of been happy as they are not worth it.
So to some it up, dont take any notice of the RRP, just look at the price your going to pay, and have a quick Google to make sure it's the best deal, but dont forget to add on any P+P charges and only use reputable sites,
I have used examples from a couple of on line stores in this piece, this does not mean what i have said is exclusive to these sites, as i have said i am quite happy with my Viners perchase and i regulaly shop at Play.co.uk, these are purely examples of silly RRP's that can be found all over the web.
Online Shops in General have caused the high street a loss of customers. Who gains the most from online shops of course we do! Online shopping gives us the chance to look for better prices.
Just by comparing prices online we are directed to the websites with the best prices for the items we wish to buy. The quality of shopping online gets even better as we can earn cashback and reward points for shopping online on the internet.
When I shop online sometimes I never feel safe because of the security. This changed now though with websites offering more protection making it safer to shop on their websites.
Online shopping in general at websites like Tesco is much cheaper to. You can find voucher codes online to use and make your shopping much cheaper on the website. The same applies to other websites like Littlewoods, Asda, and Next as their is often codes for them listed on websites.
Amazon is a phenom website now with electricals which makes our shopping cheaper and easier. The customer service on the website is also very good with quick deliveries. Online shopping for just about everything is now made easier for us with sites like Ebay having sellers who sell new items at good prices. Online shopping a few years ago was nothing to customers but now it matters a lot.
On-Line shopping is a boon for busy working mums. I am an avid on-line shopper, everything from my weekly shop to my christmas shopping.
I use sainsbury's for my weekly on-line shopping and find it a real boon to freeing up my precious time. The advantage over other online retailers for me being that their delivery slots are only 1 hour slots not 2 hour slots, therefore less time to have to be at home. My shopping arrives as fresh and well chosen as if I had done it myself, maybe even better as I found shopping a chore to be rushed. Substitute items are rare and are usually well chosen, in one year of shopping I have sent back only 2 items.
My shopping is rarley late and if it is i get a £10 voucher to use off my next on-line shopping bill.
The only disadvantage I have found is that I am unable to use money off vouchers, they can only be used when shopping in the store and not online. I do however get my free petrol voucher when they are running this promotion.
I am a self confessed online shopaholic! There is not much i love more than having a parcel come through full of new goodies!
I will talk you through my experiences, and my thoughts on shopping online.
WHAT TO BE AWARE OF.
When shopping online, when you go to a your details page make sure there is a small padlock icon on the bottom of your screen. If there is not, get off. That padlock is your way of identifying whether this site is safe. Also if using a brand new website tthat is not particuarly reknowned, google it, or come on dooyoo and read reviews of that site. I recently found a site which claimed to sell genuine Tiffanys products for a fraction of the price, look real, I came on here, and found CON! jewellery turns arm green, very fake! not worth £5! let alone £70ish they were asking for! There are a lot of people who use the internet as a tool to con people, be carefull.
My favourite fashion sites to use include asos.com, misguided.co.uk, boohoo.com and www.riverisland.com.
The sales on these are good, you can find some great bargains. Although one thing that winds me up, is when your order something and when you recieve it , it looks completely different. I ordered 2 shirts on River Island and both were so different, i was mortified! But it happens! Sometimes.
www.fragrancedirect.co.uk is amazing, very very cheap!
play.com or amazon both have lots of great bargains!
you can find any of your fav supermarkets online, although they often charge a fair amount for delivery. Can chooose allocated time slots though which is a major bonus.
cdwow.com is very cheap for some c.d's although play.com i find often competes.
ebuyer and novatech are reliable. Make sure you look up the sites reviews before spends especially on electronics.
Always with online shopping make sure you are fully aware who you are giving money to, how to contact customer support, make sure you copy order confirmations into word incaseyou do not recieve an email. Look out for the padlock, if you get pop up's probably should avoid.
But if you know the rules, its easier to find great deals, using price comparison sites. Online is best for bargain hunters!
I have always been sceptical about online shopping. I always go online first to the likes of River Island or Topshop and look at the products first, then I know what I am looking for instore. I have come to realise though this isnt always best, as it turns out shop workers don't keep up to date with their stores websites . . . . I was recently looking at a bag on River Island, went instore, desribed it to the manager of the store to which she looked me puzzled. Turns out stock online doesnt always match the stock instore.
Anyhoo I love Argos were i can check if a product is instock reserve it and then go and pick it up. I think this is great, particulary when I am looking at their sale stuff and worry if it will still be in stock by the following day.
The prices online are great sometimes and its even better when there is free returns. A downside to buying clothes online is you can't try them on, or they don't look how you pictured them when they are delivered. So it's easier sometimes to buy a product in 2 sizes and then which ever isnt right send it back FREE!!
I think more online shops need to give discounts though, like free delivery. I know that if free delivery was an option, or the total spend in which to get free dellivery was lowered, then i would deffinatly be more inclined to purchase from them.
Agree with another user, Hot Deals Uk is amazing, so much random stuff on there, however you never know when something is going to be there that you yourself, use need or want.
In general online shopping allows consumers to compare prices over the internet and buy goods lower than RRP however it can also be a frustrating experience. When I buy something I like to believe that I have purchased something at the lowest possible price. There is nothing worse than ordering an item and then next day that item you ordered has seen a 50% price drop on a few websites.
The first piece of advice I would give, if you're after a specific item but not a particular brand, for example you want a memory card for your digital camera but anyone will do as long as it's SCHC Class 6 to give an example, visit hotdealsuk. Enter the search box and look for memory card bargains. You may not find the exact specification card you're after but you will be able to find a few bargains making great savings. Not only this, but hotdealsuk has a lot of forums with people discussing which online shops are dodgy and which ones you can trust.
This leads me to my next point, never order from a website just because it has a security certificate and is all nicely laid out. If there's a website I've never heard about, I do a google search, check some forums to see if anyone has any feedback. Following these rules will allow a pleasant online shopping experience.
I don't know how I would survive without online shopping. Probably about 75% of the things I buy are bought online. Its so addicting as everything seems to be much cheaper online and its so convenient as you can do it from the pleasure of your own home.
Whether it be Amazon or eBay, HMV or WHS Smiths. I am always lurking online shopping sites trying to find the best deals and bargains to buy. On most websites you can pay with most major credit and debit cards, such as Solo, Visa, MasterCard etc.
The only real disadvantage I can see of shopping online is that you have to wait for your product to arrive which can sometimes take around a week, and even longer if it is being shipped from over seas. Also, it means you have to stay in for a day waiting for your product to arrive which can sometimes be an inconvenience.
Overall, I think that online shopping is an amazing idea and I don't know what I would do without it (probably go to an actual shop, ha).
I always shop online and I have been doing so for many years.
I find it so much handier sitting at home on my laptop rather than walking around loads and loads of shops.
I find that many online stores have more variety and clothing sizes available. Whenever I go shopping I just end up getting stressed and come home without buying anything. When shopping online I can sit and browse sites for hours in the comfort of my own home.
Also, you don't have to worry about the weather ruining your shopping plans!!
** Positives for online shopping **
>Can shop at anytime
>Delivered right to your door
>Good for people that are less mobile eg. disabled or elderly
** Negatives for online shopping **
>Can't physically see the quality etc of the item
>Have to pay by credit or debit card
>Sometimes people like a "day out" to shop to socialise
>Have to wait for it to arrive rather than buying it there and then
Overall I think online shopping is the way to go. I would just advise to keep to well known websites before entering your card details. These more well known sites are very secure and protected.
I normally use www.ebay.co.uk, www.asos.com and www.boots.com. These are all well known names with thousands of members joining everyday.
I love the excitment of lots of parcels arriving in the post :-)
I always shop online now, I don't think I could ever go back to browsing round shops for hours and joining long queues :-(