When It's Better to Shop In-Store
Online shopping has its perks. Where else but the Internet can you shop at dozens of stores at 3 a.m. in your pajamas? Plus, there are so many great deals available. However, not everything is cheaper online. Once you pay for shipping or have to return a pair of pants several times because they’re the wrong size, you’ll often save more money shopping in-store. It’s cheaper to buy most things online, but here are five things that you should buy in person.
Cameras, TVs, DVD players, smartphones and computers are in a class all their own. Sure, you can find great deals online – especially at retailers such as Amazon – but a lot can happen from the time the product leaves the warehouse to the time it gets to your front door. Electronics are delicate creatures that can easily break or stop working at a moment’s notice. Plus, many of the electronics deals you find online are for refurbished products, which often come with no refund policy.
Really Heavy Furniture
The dining room set you saw online may be 80% off, but the cost to ship everything can quickly eat at the savings. It can be very expensive to ship oversized items, so it’s best to purchase these in store. For the most part, you should view such high-ticket items in person anyway. Unless there’s a free shipping offer, buy the item in a brick and mortar store.
On the other end of the spectrum, you should avoid buying inexpensive items as well. Many of these things – such as office supplies, batteries and household items such as shampoo – may sound like a good deal online, but once you add in shipping, you can easily double or triple the price. Sometimes the shipping cost is more than the price of the actual item itself. If you want to save money, you can score a better deal at your local Dollar Store.
If you really want to make sure that the paint color matches the sample, you absolutely have to go to Lowe’s, Home Depot or other hardware store and get it. This is especially true if you want the color to match the existing walls in your home. You may be able to find paint cheaper online, but is it really worth it if you have to return it due to mismatched colors?
It may be tempting to skip the weekend trip to the grocery store and buy everything online. However, you never know what you’ll get when you buy food online. Again, a lot can happen during the shipping process. The fresh vegetables you ordered could be wilted by the time they make it to your home. The jar of spaghetti sauce could burst on the way to your home or the milk container could spring a leak and damage the rest of your goods. There are so many things that could happen and they can all be avoided by taking the time to visit the store and pick out your own groceries.
When it’s all said and done, is the item really a good deal? Many online merchants have excellent deals, but once you add in shipping costs, your local store may actually have the better deal.