Your online shopping experience?

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    Jun 05, 2016 1:44 AM GMT
    Hey,
    I can shop naked without getting arrested!
    Actually, I like https://www.amazon.com/, http://bananarepublic.gap.com/, http://www.autozone.com/, http://www.vitacost.com/ and http://www.bodybuilding.com/ No crowds and prices are good. Have a favorite???
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    Jun 05, 2016 6:24 PM GMT
    I don't think I am alone to say I hate to shop in the brick and mortar stores. I'm impatient, in a hurry, etc.. It takes a ton of time to find parking, hoof it across a half mile parking lot and similar time hoofing it in the big box store searching, then wait in a check out line icon_sad.gif I'm spoiled in the respect that I live in a small town where you can pull right up to the door of the store and there's never crowds or a line to check out. The dudes at the hardware store about jump ya when you come in the door to help you find what you are looking for and get you out the door and back to your project.
    You can find the best prices and where to get almost anything super quick online. Preorder it and swing buy to pick it up(Home Depot/Lowes) or have it mailed to me (prescriptions). I have never set foot in a store that retails Patagonia or Outdoor Research products. I have a pro-deal with them and buy online. I look for books online first at Powells and then to Amazon. I'd say I use Amazon the most for just about anything.

    Grocery shopping is different. I'm particular about my produce, meat, etc.. and besides I like to eat and cook. I would be tempted if I lived in town to have my groceries delivered (Safeway) though if it proved to work and lived up to my expectations food quality wise(?).
  • Destinharbor

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    Jun 05, 2016 6:34 PM GMT
    I don't buy much online. I like to see how clothes fit before buying them and I bought a new stereo online and regretted it when I hooked it up. But I have one of the Country's top ten outlet malls here so I can get most stuff at a pretty good price. Books- I just like wandering through Barnes and Noble. I have Netflix so that is movies. Not sure what I would buy online. Sometimes I'll buy some odd spices from a spice shop online but Fresh Market and Whole Foods has most of what I need. Specialty frozen duck breasts? Sometimes special lamb or lobster I occasionally buy online.
  • FRE0

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    Jun 05, 2016 8:20 PM GMT
    I shop online for books and a few items of clothing. Out of principal I avoid Amazon when possible because they seem to be coming close to being a monopoly.

    It is convenient to be able to order something online instead of driving all over looking for something. Any additional costs are probably less than the cost of fuel to drive around.
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    Jun 05, 2016 8:29 PM GMT
    I love buying music and books online. Instant gratification. I pretty much stopped buying clothes online, I need to try stuff on first. I had too many times where the stuff didn't fit right and I hate dealing with customer service. We have several great malls here in Orlando, so going shopping is fun as well.
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    Jun 05, 2016 8:32 PM GMT
    I have seen a few brick and mortar stores go out of business.
    Seems online is the push. I am going to sell online also....soon.

    I do like buying stuff on etsy. Cool crafts and vintage goods.
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    Jun 05, 2016 9:37 PM GMT
    2Bnaked saidHave a favorite???


    Actually Walmart. Three pairs of good cargo pants for $50. From internet to hand in less than a week.
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    Jun 05, 2016 10:48 PM GMT
    There are certain items that I do online shopping: TVs, vitamins & supplements, some electronics, and some clothing. Being short at 5'7, sometimes its hard to find the right fit, so I do shop at the outlet stores (Ross, Marshals, Nordstrom Rack, etc.), sometimes I find something the correct fit - sometimes I do not and do not purchase it. I recently found a website for short men (5'7 and less) and will try it out (Peter Manning from New York). www.petermanningnyc.com

    I tend to use Amazon, Costco (business items and bought my last laptop PC Lenovo from them- they had the better deal in terms of support when I compared to Dell.
    Like you I dislike going to the mall, dealing with parking, short tempered people, not to mentioned the recent violence that has occurred at malls, so why risk getting in harms way for stuff. I do tend to do some scouting in person though, for example a piece of electronic, TV, etc. that I am looking at will go to the actual store (Best Buy, Fry's, etc), I will look at the item, ask the salesperson for information, etc., but will not buy it from them if I can get the same item online cheaper with free shipping which usually is the case.

    In terms of grocery shopping, this is one item I still go to the stores and hunt for bargains even at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Target), I might just go to one store and get certain item and then drive to another to get something elseā€¦like the other day Sprouts had a sale on Geyeser Spring Mineral Water for .58 cents a bottle vs. Trader Joes at .99cents, so I bought a couple at Sprouts. Some vegetables and fruits are cheaper at Sprouts than Whole Foods and Trader Joe's while some quality meats, chicken and fish Whole Foods seems to have the better quality, but again the cost. Our purchasing dollar is not what it used to be.
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    Jun 05, 2016 10:51 PM GMT
    I buy many of my shoes and casual clothes (sweaters, jackets, shirts, winter/fall coats, etc.) directly from European stores online. The only things I don't buy online from my trusted retail providers in Europe are pants and suits, which I buy here in the US (suits are custom-made locally). European clothes tend to fit me better, although I typically have my Korean seamstress adjust the length of the sleeves. The only caveat, though, is that you need to know your European size and the clothiers whose clothes fit you best.
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    Jun 05, 2016 10:57 PM GMT
    I do lots of shopping online. Buying from traditional brick-and-mortar stores that have online shopping, as well as strictly online shopping like Amazon. Although from Amazon I never buy used, only new in the box.

    I've had good results. Even buying an iMac, iPhones, and an iPad online from Apple. I know how to set them up, so not a big risk. Also lots of kitchenware from Williams-Sonoma, although we have a store nearby. Sometimes with W-S it's a matter of an item only being offered online, other times I can beat the store price with a special.

    The only clothes I buy online are some underwear, custom-made bow ties, and my kilts. None of which I can purchase locally. And so far all very successfully.
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    Jun 05, 2016 11:16 PM GMT
    in general
    usually use the Ebay "buy it now" as their product descriptions and reviews are better than amazon.com
    we get our clothing from a local brick mortar Buffalo Exchange Store and daily wear junk from the ARC Store

    grocery items
    research this a few times and never found a good online situation
    -maybe only available in larger cities, not Denver CO
    -most items are smaller than expected; like a half gallon of bleach
    -not shopping at CostCo that much anymore, found a local brick/mortar warehouse "Restrurant Depot" on W13th ave

    supplements protein power
    just google for the best price, been using Lucky Vitamin of late
    buying all online tho

    computer stuff
    -using NewEgg with caution that much as their shipping is slower than expected
    -never ever go to the mall Apple Store
    -Office Depot is the best source for semi reliable USB memory sticks

    car parts
    for body parts; car-parts.com
    sparkplugs.com is good but think they are expensive
    there are a few mower and arbor forums that i use
    ebay for hand tools, sockets, wrenches etc



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    Jun 06, 2016 12:29 AM GMT
    I have found some real deals on Ebay! Almost the carport sale place of the internet.
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    Jun 06, 2016 2:31 AM GMT
    I had to move to Bumfuck, Egypt for work. To buy anything I have to drive an hour at a minimum. Anything I need I can find online with free shipping. I just bought a ton of furniture online. It arrived in less than a week and undamaged.

    I bought clothes, shoes, and household goods on line and the only problem I've had was one broken coffee cup.

    I prefer online shopping. I'm not restrained by a brick and mortar's limited hours and surly staff.

    Online for me all the way.
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    Jun 06, 2016 2:47 AM GMT
    Not4u saidI had to move to Bumfuck, Egypt for work. To buy anything I have to drive an hour at a minimum. Anything I need I can find online with free shipping. I just bought a ton of furniture online. It arrived in less than a week and undamaged.

    I bought clothes, shoes, and household goods on line and the only problem I've had was one broken coffee cup.

    I prefer online shopping. I'm not restrained by a brick and mortar's limited hours and surly staff.

    Online for me all the way.


    I grew up in BFE. Sure, there were lots of little brick and mortar stores in the nearest market town. But if you need anything but the most generic, or most popular item in a category, it was/is always, "sure, we can order that for you! It'll be here next Thursday. Or maybe the next!"Those stores deserved to be put out of business. I mean, I get it. Unsold inventory is a liability. But jeez. You have to put something on the line. Unless I know absolutely for certain that the thing I need is in stock in a particular store, I just order on line.
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    Jun 06, 2016 2:50 AM GMT
    I have purchased a few things on line. Shoes, some garden tools, etc. I don't mind. Sometimes its just easier.