Christmas Shopping: Bargains For You!
by: Matthew C. Keegan

This Christmas season promises to be one filled with exceptional sales and across the board bargains for eager shoppers. With fuel prices running high, interest rates climbing, and consumer sentiment mixed, merchants know that they must slash prices in order to move merchandise. Let’s take a look at some of the types of sales certain to greet price conscious shoppers this holiday season.

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Inexpensive Christmas Gifts
by: Rick Chapo

The holidays are quickly approaching, which means it’s time to buy gifts. If you’re a little light on funds, following are ideas for inexpensive Christmas gifts.

If you’re low on funds heading into the holidays, stress becomes a problem. Don’t sweat it. Here are some inexpensive Christmas gifts that will be hits with everyone.

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The Many Benefits of Online Christmas Shopping
by: Matthew C. Keegan

Christmas Shopping Tips:
Over the past decade consumers have grown to appreciate a new option in shopping for gifts for Christmas: the internet. Yes, online shopping is here and it is an increasingly important choice for consumers everywhere. Without even leaving your home you can compare products, make purchases, and have gifts sent to your home or directly to your recipients -- fully wrapped at that! Read on and we’ll take a complete look at the many benefits of online Christmas shopping and how you can make this choice work to your advantage.

Comparison Shopping – How many times have you been to the store and wondered if the item you were purchasing was cheaper somewhere else? For low cost items this isn’t too big of a deal, but if you are buying a television, computer equipment, jewelry, or some other item costing several hundred dollars it could be a significant issue for you. Fortunately, online sites such as Price Grabber, My Simon, BizRate, and NexTag allow you to find just what you want at the lowest possible prices. New technologies that work from your cell phone, such as Frucall, can also help you find the best prices and allow you to place your order immediately. Save money, time, and gas by comparison shopping from your home: no running from store to store in pursuit of finding the best prices.

Best Selection – If something is being sold somewhere, likely it is available to you online. From futons to MP3 players and everything in between if it is sold in a store then likely it is also sold online. Even traditional “brick and mortar” retailers such as Wal-Mart, Nordstrom, and Home Depot know that in order to reach consumers everywhere a significant part of their inventory must be available to you online. If they don’t provide this service to you then they fully understand that their competition will and that you’ll go elsewhere.

Secured Shopping – Most identity theft does not occur via the internet, therefore you need not concern yourself with shopping online. Instead, the majority of i.d. thefts occur when you pump your gas and leave your receipts behind or when someone swipes important information from your mailbox. However, to be extra safe, secured shopping sites with the “https:” address designation ensures that your vital information remains encrypted and out of harm’s way -- if you still aren’t certain that a site is secure, you should see a padlock symbol in the bottom right corner of your browser’s screen. Importantly, in most cases you can also authorize the online retailer to discard your financial information once your order has been processed – a terrific extra security step for you!

Free Shipping – Many online retailers will ship Christmas and other seasonal gifts out for free. Generally, a minimum purchase total is required – typically $50 or more – but that amount isn’t hard to reach for most purchases. In some cases a retailer will wrap your gift and enclose a card for a small additional charge. What a great way to shop for the time pressed individual!

Favorable Return Policies - In the early days of online shopping, big concerns were raised about return policies. For instance, just how would you return that expensive digital camera you purchased online? Originally, you may have had to pay for return shipping and you may have been charged a restocking fee. Today, most online retailers have amended their return policies and will allow you to return items to a local store: buy a coffee maker on J.C. Penney’s secure website and if you don’t like it you can go to the mall and return it at the J.C. Penney store. Of course, you should examine the retailer’s return policy before you make any purchases online.

Truly, online Christmas shopping is an attractive option if battling for limited mall shopping spaces, dealing with surly sales help, or navigating big crowds has no appeal for you. Apparently, many consumers feel the same way as most online retailers report sales increases at double digit rates while year to year fixed base store sales are growing at a paltry 2 or 3 percent rate. Join the internet shopping revolution and start your online Christmas shopping today!

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Copyright 2010 – Matthew C. Keegan is a freelance writer for the Shop for Christmas website:
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