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Q: Online or InStore? Now that you found this site- would you still go to the store for shopping?

MdavidK30
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The art of finding something cheaper without even leaving your house and most of the time it is FREE shipping, would you still consider to get in your car and drive somewhere or take a bus, if need be, to the store or supermarket- when 99% of grocery items, furniture, etc. can be bought online.
HONEST opinion, please.
MdavidK30 posted Jul 02, 2012
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encorez
Store shopping still gets the best prices...but takes time to keep an eye on clearance deals...
encorez (rep: 9.96k) posted Jul 02, 2012
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MdavidK30
True- here, you can just click a button and get all the clearance items.
MdavidK30 (rep: 3.56k) posted Jul 02, 2012
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grandma5
Certain shopping items, I just need to see or feel the fabric, otherwise I shop online.
grandma5 (rep: 56k) posted Jul 02, 2012
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encorez
every deal here, I see the stuff cheaper at the stores, but people don't always seasonal clearance shop, so are stuck paying higher prices..
encorez (rep: 9.96k) posted Jul 02, 2012
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FibroMom
Except for the majority of my fresh groceries and my medications - I do ALMOST ALL my shopping online. It's hard for me to get out and do retail shopping for any period of time (wind up bedridden for days if I overdo it) - so my passion is buying the Super Sale items that I find on this site and stocking up - even if I am buying Christmas Items in January! ;)
FibroMom (rep: 173k) posted Jul 02, 2012
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gangstabarbie
Online baby. ALWAYS.
gangstabarbie (rep: 9.67k) posted Jul 02, 2012
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boricua1
I love online shopping.. In-store shopping makes me so tired. Plus, online, I can comparison shop more easily than in-store..
boricua1 (rep: 7.51k) posted Jul 02, 2012
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encorez
let's remember....right now all summer stuff is on sale 30 - 70% off.
It actually makes me sick to read all the comments on how great the posted deal is, when I see it at the stores much cheaper....
encorez (rep: 9.96k) posted Jul 02, 2012
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arsiel
I have mixed feelings about in store vs. online.
Online
Pros
- Cash back
- You don't have to really rummage through the clearance section physically to find great deals
- You have the option to pick it up in store
- Reviews!
- Easy price comparisons
- Free shipping?

Cons
- Not free shipping
- Deceiving images/descriptions :(
- Waiting
- Returns can be time consuming or an extra expense

In Store
Pros
- What you see should be what you get
- Immediate satisfaction
- Clothes: You can try them on to see if it's really what you want or what you're looking for
- You can return it where you got it
- Human interaction (yay): staff help, suggestions, etc.

Cons
- No cash back
- No way to compare prices without jumping from store to store, depending on their clearance sections and it'd be annoying to put X amount of items on hold just so someone else doesn't pick it off the shelf


Just some stuff off the top of my head. I like shopping for real by myself but would have to resort to shopping online with my boyfriend for his sake :P
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Jul 02, 2012
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Brentheriot
Good breakdown @arsiel
Brentheriot (rep: 61.6k) posted Jul 02, 2012
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MdavidK30
Agreed. Very well put, Arsiel.
I thought that online - as long as you know your size, it shouldn't be too bad. I was very satisfied shopping at Walmart online, and receiving my shipment fairly quickly, plus, even though it did cost shipping, it would have costed me the same having to shlep out there by bus both ways. It would have been the same price either way!

Yes, you can try on the clothes in the store- but WHO ELSE tried it on? Not to mention some of the store clerks can be pretty nasty too, so, sometimes, I'd rather do without the human interaction.
They chat with their fellow workers in front of you of all their weekend details, and then when you have a question, they tend to be nasty to you, like you're bothering them too much.
And yes, online, you can rely most of the time on reviews, but even some reviews are made up to boost the products.
What I like to do sometimes is, go into the store, see what I like, check it out- and then go and buy it online without bothering any of the store clerks there. Much easier that way, and you still get to check it out.
MdavidK30 (rep: 3.56k) posted Jul 02, 2012
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rd995
i buy many things online but still get lots of stuff at the store ether i need them on the spot and cant wait for shipping or things like food that you cant get online.
rd995 (rep: 104k) posted Jul 02, 2012
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chuckydealpl
Online shopping is my main preference especially with free shipping. I don't have to drive, waste gas and deal with the crowds. Occasionally I'll go to the store when they have a big sale or when I can't get it online.
chuckydealpl (rep: 40.1k) posted Jul 03, 2012
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erick99
I buy groceries at Safeway and almost everything else from Amazon. I rarely buy anything at a B&M store.
erick99 (rep: 16.9k) posted Jul 03, 2012
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rockinnrolla
I LOVE both! Alot of my clothes I buy in store because I have to try them on and I really don't wanna mess with returning them. But my kids clothes is a different story! :)
rockinnrolla (rep: 158k) posted Jul 03, 2012
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