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All you need to know about online shopping

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October 23rd, 2012

Packed parking lots, long lines, and empty shelves. If you re like the millions of Americans who are sick of dealing with these annoyances, try doing your holiday shopping online this year.

The best way to score deals online

Black Friday has traditionally been the day for amazing deals. However, getting these savings can typically require waking up at the crack of dawn to duke it out with other bargain hungry shoppers. This year, why not try something a little less stressful? Cyber Monday is always the first Monday following Thanksgiving and it has the same if not better deals than those on Black Friday. All you have to do is visit CyberMonday.com for deals with over 600 retailers. SearchEngine.com reported that last year s spendings on Cyber Monday reached over $6 million, and that number is expected to surge even higher this year. Also try PriceGrabber.com. PriceGrabber is a price comparison service that has partnered with more than 13,000 merchants, retailers, and sellers to provide free information on millions of products for deals year-round.

Tips for shopping smarter

Another advantage to doing all your shopping online is being able to quickly and easily check customer reviews. Reading reviews is the best way to make informed decisions on all your purchases. Almost all products, from those as small as a toaster to as large as a vaccum cleaner, have been reviewed by fellow consumers online. Technology site CNet.com offers users reviews on the newest electronics such as digital cameras, cell phones, computers, and televisions. Most retail sites such as Amazon (amazon.com), Best Buy (bestbuy.com), or Target (target.com) will also give you the option to read reviews on most products they sell.

Safer shopping

If you do choose to do some shopping online this year, there are some security precautions you should take. Never reply to a link asking you for personal information while browsing. Look for a secure site that has a picture of an unbroken key or closed lock in the browser window. A web address with https: instead of http: indicates you are viewing a secure site. Finally, for added protection, you should always pay for online purchases with a credit card. Most credit card companies have fraud protection that will guard you in the event that your information is stolen. Armed with all this new knowledge, I hope you feel confident to explore the exciting world of online shopping, and please have a safe and happy holiday season!

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