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5 reasons for shopping online

5 reasons for shopping online

Although buying stuff online hardly surprises anybody today, there are still many people who prefer good old brick-and-mortar stores and believe that nothing beats traditional shopping. Nevertheless, although online shopping certainly has its downsides, we firmly believe these are by far outweighed by its benefits – and are ready to prove it!

1. Online Selection Is Bigger

There is only so much space – even in the biggest brick-and-mortar store. Choice is bound to be limited – retailers that sell hugely varied items often display no more than a fraction of their actual wares, and you sometimes have to inquire about alternative variants – it takes time and is not always effective. Selecting items online may be especially beneficial when you buy something highly customizable, like glasses – if you try to browse a couple thousands of different designs on a show-case, even if one admits that it is physically possible to fit them all in, you are likely to get a headache. While shopping online, you just browse through them at your own pace.

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2. It Is Cheaper

Online retailers don’t have to pay the rent, which is one of the most important contributors to the high prices of their brick-and-mortar counterparts. In addition, it saves the costs of internal shipping, which means that when all is said and done, a large chunk of the item’s added cost is cut away. Moreover, consider other expenses you have to suffer to visit a brick-and-mortar store, namely time and money (e.g., on gas) that can be better used otherwise. And you can never be sure you’ll find what you need on that visit!

3. It Is Easier to Compare Prices

To compare prices in several online stores all you need to do is to spend a few minutes browsing their websites – even if you don’t use one of many price aggregators. If you want to compare several brick-and-mortar stores, you will have to visit them all, and likely spend more money on gas than you are planning to save. Of course, some of them create online price-lists… but isn’t it easier to just skip this step and buy online anyway?

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4. Online Stores Adapt to You

Some people freak out when they notice that online stores remember their previous actions and try to show you the products you are likely to be interested in (and learn from your behavior in a thousand other ways), but in the long run, they do it to make our lives easier in just as great a degree as they do it to sell more. A brick-and-mortar store won’t change its layout to accommodate you; an online one does it every time you visit, although true individualization may be still far away.

5. It Is Easier to Find What You Need

If you want to find something in an online store, you have a flexible search script that will show you everything there is based on any set of variables you need, for you to choose from at your leisure. If you try to find something that isn’t immediately visible in a brick-and-mortar shop, then God help you – because otherwise you will have to rely on a shop assistant who always seems to have been hired yesterday, doesn’t know where anything is and doesn’t seem to be interested in helping you at all.

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All in all, it is no wonder that buying online is getting more and more popular, giving traditional shopping a run for its money – it is certainly a way of the future, and there is no reason to avoid it! Are there any things that you love about online shopping that we’ve missed listing here? Perhaps you’d like to defend traditional, physical shops? Leave a comment below!

Featured photo credit: shopping/ tanka v via flickr.com

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30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

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Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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1. Visit a strawberry festival

Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

2. Have a picnic

Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

3. Camp in your back yard

    The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

    4. Take long walks

    Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

    5. Break a world record

    Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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    6. Go on a bike ride

    The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

    7. Join a gym class

      The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

      8. Find a new hobby

      The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

      9. Join a sports team

      Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

      10. Make a slip ‘n slide

        Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

        11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

        Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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        12. Visit a free festival

        Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

        13. Visit the zoo

          Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

          14. Take a road trip

          Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

          15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

            Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

            16. Make your own ice cream

            Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

            17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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              When was the last time you invited your neighbors over? Do you even know them? Now’s your chance. Just ask each person to bring a food item so costs don’t mount up for you.

              18. Get a summer job

              For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

              19. Attend a charity event

              Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

              20. Visit a national park

              National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

              21. Visit your local comedy club

                Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                22. Make your own hammock

                  Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                  23. Read in your new hammock

                  Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                  24. Watch a movie outside

                  Movies are great. Relaxing outside in the evening is great. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect combination. In D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer, for example, you can enjoy a huge number of movies outside.

                  25. Take a hike

                    Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

                    26. Learn how to fly a kite

                    As a child, you probably had a kite and haven’t touched it since. Why not dust it off and attempt to fly it? It’s tricky, but well worth the challenge.

                    27. Work out at the park

                    American cities are full of parks with ample space for a work out session. No doubt you’ll be happier to work out in the sun rather than a crowded gym.

                    28. Take your dog to the beach

                      One of the many joys of owning a dog is taking him or her for long walks during the summertime. This joy is enhanced when visiting the beach, for both you and your dog.

                      29. Make a summer smoothie

                      Healthy, delicious and perfect for the summer. Not only that, there are countless recipes ready for you to try.

                      30. Attend a free yoga session at the beach

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