While I’ve been known to be enticed to embark upon a shopping excursion from time to time, wandering the malls has never been near the top of my “to-do” list.
Add in the crowds that usually accompany the holiday season, and it slips even farther.
So, if like me, the whole communal shopping experience isn’t your thing, don’t fret.
The folks at PropertyRoom.com have been good enough to outline what they consider to be the “10 benefits of shopping online during the holidays.”
Avoiding the crowds. There is nothing worse than seeing the news videos of people tripping over each other and fighting for gifts when the store has only a limited amount of each selection.
Reducing stress. Going to the mall or other stores, driving around to try to find a parking space, only to discover that what you went there for is sold out, can be quite stressful. Shopping online lets you avoid all of that.
Finding a wider selection. Stores can only shelve so many different types of products, and so many of each one. Rather than finding something you like in a sales flyer and then trying to beat the crowd to get it, you can shop online and find that same item at a half a dozen stores, and it will be in stock.
Saving gas money. Driving around to different stores to find everything you want costs gas money. Shopping online avoids this expense.
Easily comparing. You can easily and quickly compare the cost of products at different stores online. Shopping at stores in person does not offer this convenience.
Getting more information. When you are at a store, you only have access to the product information that comes on the box. Online shopping usually offers you much more information, including user product reviews, which can be helpful.
Avoiding sales taxes. Shopping online will usually allow you to avoid paying sales tax on your purchases. If you are spending a lot of money, that can really add up.
Shopping whenever. Rather than trying to fit shopping at department stores into your busy schedule, you can shop anytime online, because they are available 24/7.
Finding stock. Shopping online allows you to find the items you want and need, rather than what happens to be on the shelves in a department store, which could be only an “out of stock” sign or rain check slip.
Saving time. Especially during the holidays, you have many things going on that keep you busy. Saving time by shopping online will free up more time for other tasks, or for simply relaxing and enjoying the season.
And just in case those aren’t enough — there’s the health angle to consider.
“Think of all the possible flu and other germs you will avoid by shopping from home,” said P.J. Bellomo, CEO of the Web site. “The peace of mind from that alone is invaluable this holiday.”
Tough to argue with that one.
Mike Boyd is editor of the Colorado Springs Business Journal. He can be reached at Mike.Boyd@csbj.com or 329-5206.