OK…just a quick but important article about how crucial it is to shop online, especially for certain items. COVID 19 is making it risky to go out to stores, especially for “boomers” like me. Working people are busy, and don’t have the time visit three or four stores to shop for various items.
And, buying online instead of taking the time and gasoline to go to numerous retail establishments is more environmentally friendly. Online is always open, usually has the inventory you need, and includes fact, figures, specifications, and reviews that you simply can’t get in the aisle of a store. So…here are top ten things you need to start buying online NOW!
1_ Books. A lot of big retail booksellers are out of business and smaller bookstores are cramped, dusty, and don’t have the inventory you need. And librarys…really? So, instead do your book buying online. It’s safe, you have reviews, you can scan certain pages, and the inventory is in the millions of books. Click here for the bestsellers list!
2_ Filters. How many times have we been to the store for an air conditioner filter, a water filter, or a refrigerator filter only to leave discouraged that the size you needed was not available and your trip was in vain? Hey, you know what you need, you have the serial number or size, and you don’t have to shop. You just need the danged filter! So, online is definitely the way to go. And, speaking of filters click the “home improvement” link below for a site that includes lots of the most popular filters and refills in many categories. Also, another link is included with a special offer on “Filtrete Smart Air Filters.”
3_ Printer cartridges. The same goes for printer cartridge refills. The “Murphy’s Law” of print cartridges goes like this. If you need it and go to the store…EVERY size will be there except the brand and size you need! So, get your cartridges online. You know the size, it’s light and shipping is inexpensive or free. The Internet is always open, and you can probably always find the brand and size you need. For example Amazon has over 27,000 individual sizes and brands of printer cartridges!
4_ Small Appliances. It is especially important to purchase small appliances for the home and kitchen online. These include things like mixers, coffeemakers, lamps, bread makers, microwave ovens, and toasters). You can’t try them out in the store anyway, because most are unplugged and in boxes. And…shopping on line gives you complete information, specifications, guarantees, and reviews that may not be available as you are walking through the aisles of some stores.
5_ Light Bulbs. Again, these are refill items, you know exactly what you need, and you can compare prices between incandescent, compact fluorescent, and LED. This is a light item so shipping us usually inexpensive or free, and most companies guarantee against breakage. And all brands and sized are available!
6_ Electronics and Computers. Like small appliances, electronics like video games, laptop computers, printers, TVs, etc. are best purchased online. The reason…it’s all about specifications, information, price, guarantees, rebates, and reviews…things that are easier to access online than in person at a retail electronics store.
7_ Software. The days of purchasing software on a disk in a store are over. Buy online and download from the cloud. It’s the best way and only way. You are buying software for your computer, so why not use your computer to buy and load the software you need!
8_ “Refill” Clothing. Like other refill items certain articles of clothing are refills. When it comes to basic underwear, undershirts, and socks you don’t need to shop or try them on. And…you can frequently get much better prices online. And while you are getting your “refills” check out Amazon’s list of bestsellers in Fashion!
9_ Intimate and Private Items. There are some things you just don’t want in your shopping cart for everyone to see. Things like lingerie, tampons, adult diapers, incontinence items, certain vitamins, and baby diapers. Buy these online and avoid the embarrassment of the grocery clerk speaking in his microphone storewide and saying “Price check needed on adult diapers at checkout #3!”
10_ Anything You Buy on a Regular Basis. Our number ten recommendation is “ANYTHING.” Anything that you buy on a regular basis that you don’t have to shop for. Toilet paper, toothpaste, napkins, paper towels, deodorant, and certain medical supplies (diabetes supplies, catheters, etc.) are just some of the items. You can even schedule delivery of some or most of these items. Here are a couple of links to sites where you can buy regular household items online. But, look out! Buying stuff like this online can become habit-forming!
11_ Anything You can obtain Cheaper Online. And finally here is a bonus category…a number eleven! This category consists of any items that you can obtain cheaper online. Do you have a high-priced item you are planning to buy? Do an online search first. You may be surprised at the bargains you can get, especially if you find a sale or online coupon! Below is an example of one of thousands of great online deals!