In Business Since 2001 We accept Paypal
Home for Writers for Publishers Article Directory Article Search
Guides
Article Marketing Secrets
20-Min Article Writing
Author Resource Box
35 Traffic Strategies
Kindle Uploads 101
Fantastic Fiction Decoded


Click Here to
see on Amazon


Site Navigation
Home

Writing Services
+ FAQ

FAQ

+ About Us
+ Blogs
Search Tools
+ Search Our Articles
Article Directory
+ Authors
+ Articles
Other Sites We Own
Writing Puzzle

Professional Book Marketing

Platt Publishing

Marketing Help


 
Article Teaser: There is a certain convenience in shopping from the comfort of one's own home, a convenience that has been met in the past through mail-order catalogs, shopping television channels, and home-delivered grocery services. With the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web, this trend has reached its culmination and most elegant expression yet.

Keep reading below...

Shopping Online to Save Time and Money

Copyright (c) 2009-2017

Human progress has been as much a quest for convenience and efficiency as it has been for raw achievement. Shopping has been an important, integral part of human culture since the beginning of organized agriculture and the formation of communities of people. Greek agoras, open air markets, dry goods shops, supermarkets - as civilization has advanced there has always been a place people could go to purchase their needs. Large communities often develop around collections of these markets, giving them the well-deserved title of shopping centers.

However, there is a certain convenience in shopping from the comfort of one's own home, a convenience that has been met in the past through mail-order catalogs, shopping television channels, and home-delivered grocery services. With the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web, this trend has reached its culmination and most elegant expression yet.

A Matter of Convenience

The advantage to online shopping stems from the same advantages of the mail-order catalogs and the televised infomercials or shop at home channels - the goods are purchased, ordered, and then delivered without the necessity of a special trip. Online shopping goes further in that it allows for more complete control over the shopping experience. With previous methods of shopping from home, users were limited to the selection presented to them. Catalogs had a finite inventory that subscribers could select from, and audiences had to wait on the shopping channels to present the items that they wanted. In fact, this was a fairly clever ploy to encourage impulse buying, as subscribers would inevitably come across something nifty in a commercial or advertisement that they simply had to have, beyond what they originally intended to search out.

Online shoppers don't have to settle; search engines allow users to locate exactly what they're looking for, or come as close as is possible. Looking for books? A quick search for online bookstores brings up a list of names big and small. Are you curious about food delivery in your neighborhood? Dozens of restaurants are a few searches away from anyone with a web browser. No waiting, just quick and convenient searching for exactly what the customer wants.

Additionally, online shopping is not an antisocial or lazy behavior. Indeed, having the speed and convenience of scheduling a delivery allows shoppers great chunks of free time that they would otherwise have spent out in town shopping. Instead they can take time to be with friends, or schedule important appointments. It also provides a way for the disabled or recuperating to get the things they need without having to arrange elaborate travel accommodations.

A Matter of Savings

With the convenience of online shopping comes the flexibility to search for savings. In most shopping circumstances, purchasers are limited to the specific deals offered by various shopping outlets, be they local supermarkets, catalogs, or other means. With the web, shoppers can quickly look up inventory sales, coupons, and other bargains with a few minutes of research, and easily compare the costs side by side. The user and their ability to do a little research, not just the stores and the coupons they choose to offer at a particular time, determine the best deal.

One cost that does come up in the matter of shopping online is the cost of shipping. However, this is not necessarily the fly in the ointment. First of all, it can simply be substituted for the cost of gasoline inherent in many shopping trips, or in time and energy for those who walk or bike to a physical store. Every trip to the store burns gas and takes time, just as every delivery requires shipping costs. However, there are ways to eliminate shipping and handling fees, yet no one has come forward with a way not to burn gas while driving a car.

Many sites offer special deals, such as free shipping on orders above a certain cost, or discounted delivery for customers in a certain geographic area. Consider a family that shops at the market twice a week, traveling five miles each way, spending perhaps a dollar in gas each way, and thus four dollars in the week. By waiting to shop once in the week, and doing the shopping online, they eliminate the extra trip, save the cost of the shipping, the wear and tear on the car, and the total time spent shopping. This equates to more money in their pockets to spend on the things they want, when they want them.

A Matter of Thought

Like everything relating to the web and online conveniences, online shopping requires a little bit of planning and thought, but pays off in big ways. As mentioned above, the biggest advantage is the ability to compare. Users should hunt for deals and compare prices to get the best offer they can. But the web offers so much more - consumer advocacy websites can warn users away from unethical dealers, and social networking sites can promote awareness of high quality, low price alternatives to other items. The web is a very powerful tool, and its advantages will reward users who take the time to look through the myriad of options available. So spend a little time shopping around online, and let yourself be surprised by the savings and the convenience.




About The Author: Shop Amazon - Top Gift Ideas
Janet Davis and her husband are health and nutrition entrepreneurs and founders of Mark And Janet, a website with uncompromising, premium products for your health conscious family. For more on going green -- Visit us at http://www.MarkandJanet.com/ or check out our blog at http://www.MarkandJanetBlog.com/

Follow "The Phantom Writers" on Twitter (@phantomwriters)
to be notified when new articles are made available.


VOTE ON THIS ARTICLE
Needs Work >> 0 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 << Excellent Article

Tell our authors what you think about their article.



Top-Level Category: Shopping Articles || Related Categories: Internet Articles and Society Articles

10 Most Recent Articles Written by Janet Davis

Five Factors in Managing Diabetes Naturally
Written by: Janet Davis | Distributed: 2010-01-26 | Word Count: 868 | Page Views: 2052 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 3.00
Diabetes is one of the most common chronic illnesses, affecting millions of people worldwide and their diet has a great deal to say about how the condition will continue to affect them. Proper diet can help prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes, but even in patients who have been diagnosed with either condition, a healthy diet can reduce the side effects and secondary illnesses that tend to crop up. Here are five factors to consider when managing diabetes.

The Dress Code - Five Steps to a Greener Wardrobe
Written by: Janet Davis | Distributed: 2010-01-21 | Word Count: 882 | Page Views: 2595 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 4.00
We care about our planet, and want to leave it as good as we found it for our children and for everyone. The wonderful thing about this is that there are countless ways to live green. Consider the budding green and organic clothing movement. Clothes are often made from plant materials like cotton, and these can be grown under organic conditions just like food products. With that in mind, here are five ways you can start dressing green.

Four Nutrients For Healthy Eyes
Written by: Janet Davis | Distributed: 2010-01-19 | Word Count: 857 | Page Views: 2229 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 4.50
Sight is incredibly important and, just like any other function of the body, is largely dependent upon proper nutrition. However, it also may be a part of our nutrition that we don't actively think about supporting. Here, we discuss four key nutrients that can help bolster eye health.

Eating Healthy While Saving Money
Written by: Janet Davis | Distributed: 2010-01-14 | Word Count: 730 | Page Views: 2274 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 3.00
Today, when everyone wants to watch their budget, cost cutting is the name of the game and our diets frequently suffer as a result. However, there are a number of ways to save money and still eat reasonably healthy foods, rather than sacrificing one for the other.

Natural Skin Care for Acne
Written by: Janet Davis | Distributed: 2010-01-12 | Word Count: 722 | Page Views: 2128 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 5.00
Acne affects nearly everyone at some point in his or her life. It can be painful to endure, and even leave scars if severe enough. While there are many remedies available for over the counter or prescription purchase, some products are laden with chemicals and acids that may have adverse effects. Fortunately, there are effective natural alternatives to these harsh chemical treatments.

Your Healthy Life: Dietary Fiber
Written by: Janet Davis | Distributed: 2010-01-07 | Word Count: 826 | Page Views: 1941 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 0.00
When people talk about dietary fiber, they immediately think of older people taking large fiber tablets, but proper fiber intake can benefit everyone at every age. Fiber intake can help ease digestion and can also lower cholesterol, which is a leading cause of heart disease, making it a highly effective, multi-purpose treatment for healthy living.

Natural Skin Care Tips for Men
Written by: Janet Davis | Distributed: 2010-01-05 | Word Count: 946 | Page Views: 2262 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 5.00
In light of all that skin does for the body, the case for proper skin care seems to be a strong one, but frequently skin is the one organ people seem to think they can let take a beating. Men in particular seem prone to developing roughed up skin, but there are fortunately many ways that men can take better care of this incredibly important organ.

Staying Warm While Staying Green
Written by: Janet Davis | Distributed: 2009-12-17 | Word Count: 807 | Page Views: 2144 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 5.00
Everyone wants to stay warm, but a green-minded person wants to do so while keeping the impact on the environment to a minimum. Fortunately, there are both active and passive steps to green ways of keeping a home warm during the winter months.

An Easy Start to Going Green
Written by: Janet Davis | Distributed: 2009-12-15 | Word Count: 953 | Page Views: 2113 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 4.00
No one expects every person to be an Erin Brockovich, or every family to pull off an experiment like the New York family that didn't discard most of their waste but recycled literally everything except food. The key is rather that every person and every family can take small but worthwhile steps to reduce their impact on the environment; steps that fit right into their daily routine, rather than throwing it completely off kilter.

Organic Products - What Does It Mean To Be Organic
Written by: Janet Davis | Distributed: 2009-10-29 | Word Count: 969 | Page Views: 2605 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 4.50
Organic food is that which is farmed using organic farming methods. This means excluding food additives and genetically modified ingredients and avoiding the use of inorganic farming techniques such as chemical pesticides or crop irradiation.

All of Author's Articles on this site:

Most Recent "Shopping" Articles

From Becoming the Perfect Stranger to the Perfect Partner
Written by: Kandice Skaggs | Distributed: 2013-10-15 | Word Count: 843 | Page Views: 1654 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 0.33
Although we are aware of people who have fostered good relationships out of online dating, it doesn't happen all the time. As a matter of fact, most of them fail because of a slew of reasons. Here are some reminders on how to walk that ground so you can become just the right partner that another has been dying to meet.

Choosing Rainwear
Written by: Rathi Niyogi | Distributed: 2010-11-04 | Word Count: 741 | Page Views: 2860 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 2.00
Rainwear does more than simply keep out rain or snow, it protects from wind, cold, and chemical splashes. Your choice of rainwear depends on the expected weather, the expected temperatures, your planned activities, and your budget. Rainwear materials and designs greatly affect the performance you can expect. There are three major types of rainwear:

Celebrity Perfume Gift Sets Are Always Welcome
Written by: Robert Moore | Distributed: 2010-08-05 | Word Count: 736 | Page Views: 2907 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 5.00
Perfume is one of the best gifts for your loved ones on almost every occasion, whether it is Valentine's Day, Birthday, Wedding Anniversary, or even Christmas Day.

Best Cologne Gift Sets Are A Great Idea For Men
Written by: Robert Moore | Distributed: 2010-07-29 | Word Count: 770 | Page Views: 3131 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 2.50
Hair, clothing and looks are important, but the right cologne transforms a man. Giving him the confidence to know he smells good when approaching beautiful women in a club or giving a presentation for work. When it comes to fragrances for men companies now understand that men want to smell good while attending parties, formal events, the office, on a date or simply while relaxing at home.

Must-See 2010 Summer Music Festivals
Written by: Ryan Hogan | Distributed: 2010-04-28 | Word Count: 885 | Page Views: 3068 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 0.67
One of the best things about summer, at least for music fans, is the plethora of music festivals held all across the country and all though out the season. These festivals bring together dozens of great bands usually for more than one day and usually on more than one stage.

How Does A Blu-ray Disc Work?
Written by: Titus Hoskins | Distributed: 2010-04-27 | Word Count: 444 | Page Views: 3820 | Votes: 7 | Rating: 1.00
Blu-ray Players are all the rage in home entertainment, but how exactly does a Blu-ray disc work and why is it so much better than a regular DVD disc or system? Read this informative article to discover how a Blu-ray disc works.

Understanding Personal Injury Law and Knowing When You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer
Written by: Keith Stachowiak | Distributed: 2010-03-10 | Word Count: 497 | Page Views: 2410
When in an accident caused by someone else's carelessness or deliberate actions, one of the first thoughts that goes through most people's minds after the panic and relief subsides, is whether they should seek out a personal injury lawyer. Before you make this decision, you should know what personal injury law is, whether you even need a personal injury lawyer, and when you should choose one.

Tattoos Have Transformed From Mom To Artwork Of The 21st Century
Written by: Bree Levine | Distributed: 2010-02-25 | Word Count: 554 | Page Views: 3988 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 0.50
You could call it a 21st century art form: people use their bodies as living displays of what they care about in the form of pictorial art. Over time, tattoo artists have become more and more sophisticated, able to create complex and well-executed designs.

The Best Traditions And Advice For The Tattooing Experience
Written by: Eileen Howerton | Distributed: 2010-02-24 | Word Count: 566 | Page Views: 2414 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 0.00
The ritual of tattooing and adorning the body with ink and color has been a tradition for centuries. Tattooing is definitely not a fad, or a practice reserved to any particular element of society. It is a tradition that has been found in all parts of the world, in different sects of society.

Vacation Rental Advertising - The Good, The Bad and the Outright Scams
Written by: Scott Norris | Distributed: 2009-12-22 | Word Count: 553 | Page Views: 2499 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 4.67
Advertising vacation rentals across the nation has changed to the property owner's advantage. Five years ago, property owners depended on their local newspaper to advertise their vacation rentals. Compare that to today's global reach and on-demand access to rental listings on the World Wide Web. Travelers from around the world now have the ability to view listings on thousands of advertising sites with relative ease. There are risks, though: RENTER BEWARE!

Most Viewed "Shopping" Articles

Pearl Necklace Clasps
Written by: Norma Jones | Distributed: 2006-08-04 | Word Count: 1546 | Page Views: 26515 | Votes: 50 | Rating: 2.80
The clasp on a strand of pearls is both the frosting and sugar sprinkles on a cake. In addition to keeping the necklace fastened, the clasp should also complement you and your pearls. As your necklace and bracelet are regularly restrung, you can also update the clasps to meet your changing needs.

Be Prepared - The Pros And Cons of Non-Lethal Self-Defense Weapons
Written by: Brodie Abbot | Distributed: 2006-11-14 | Word Count: 938 | Page Views: 18446 | Votes: 39 | Rating: 2.31
In today's world, there are many means by which people can protect themselves. When thinking about self-defense, many people only consider martial arts or firearms. In truth, these are only two options from an array of self-defense mechanisms available. Through increased use in recent years, the advantages and disadvantages of stun guns, tasers, and pepper spray have become clear. All three items offer non-lethal means of protection, but one of them may be more appropriate than the others in a given situation.

Real and Imitation Pearls
Written by: Norma Jones | Distributed: 2006-06-22 | Word Count: 773 | Page Views: 12523 | Votes: 29 | Rating: 2.97
We are often asked how to tell if pearls are real or imitation. To start, we'll need to look at pearl growth and different types of imitation pearls. Then, we'll look at different pearl tests.

Alberta Angling Tournaments: Spectacular Scenery, Big Purses
Written by: Travel Alberta | Distributed: 2006-10-30 | Word Count: 963 | Page Views: 9303 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 2.83
Alberta's fishing tournaments pit angler against angler in a quest for the biggest shimmering walleye and a slice of the $60,600 (Cdn) in prize money.

How To Choose The Right Mold Testing Firm
Written by: Daryl Watters | Distributed: 2007-07-05 | Word Count: 566 | Page Views: 8597 | Votes: 14 | Rating: 3.00
You may be ill because of mold in your home or place of employment, your property value may fall because of mold that bleach and paint just cannot control. If you have a compromised immune system mold may even grow in you lungs or other parts of your body in the form of a systemic fungal infection. However, no requirements exist for mold inspectors nor mold remediators in most states. When choosing a mold testing firm be sure that the professional is familiar with the following.

Bosses Day: 25 Wallet-Friendly Gift Ideas
Written by: Darlene Arechederra | Distributed: 2006-08-23 | Word Count: 799 | Page Views: 8441 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 3.67
Bosses Day is right around the corner again -- but no need to panic! You still have plenty of time to find a great gift. The good news is that finding the perfect gift for your boss doesn't need to drain your wallet. Read on for some practical and low-cost gift ideas, including gifts for bosses with special circumstances.

Emma Watson Is A Real Sweet Pea
Written by: Wesley Berry, AAF | Distributed: 2008-02-06 | Word Count: 424 | Page Views: 8414 | Votes: 23 | Rating: 2.22
Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson, who plays super-smart Hermione Granger, turned sweet sixteen on April 15, 2006. From all accounts, she's as sweet as any sixteen-year-old can be. So sweet, in fact, that her birth flower is the sweet pea!

Celebrities And Their Favorite Flower Finds
Written by: Wesley Berry, AAF | Distributed: 2007-12-19 | Word Count: 756 | Page Views: 8352 | Votes: 10 | Rating: 2.20
While we all have our own choices of favorite flowers, the top picks for the latest flower trends and bouquets take more than a trip to the local florist.

How To Tell If Your Clothes Are Dirty
Written by: Theresa Bane | Distributed: 2008-05-28 | Word Count: 1984 | Page Views: 7111 | Votes: 18 | Rating: 3.72
If you are the type of person who wears clothes, like, t-shirts for example, than this is an article for you. You may not be aware of it, but your favorite t-shirt that has a clever or funny saying emblazoned across it's width can actually reach a level of funk that requires it to be laundered.

Interior Window Shutters Can Be Affordable
Written by: Brian Wright | Distributed: 2008-07-21 | Word Count: 757 | Page Views: 6725 | Votes: 14 | Rating: 3.14
Avoid spending high dollar for custom-made interior window shutters. You can obtain affordable interior shutter panels, finish, and install them yourself. Find tips on measuring, selecting, and ordering quality stock-size interior shutters.

Highest Ranked "Shopping" Articles

Private Label Bottled Water And School Fund Raising
Written by: Marcus Stout | Distributed: 2007-04-24 | Word Count: 1130 | Page Views: 4398 | Votes: 9 | Rating: 3.89
Like most organizations, schools in the United States are subject to constant budget stress. Important athletic and scholastic programs are subject to budget cuts as demographics change and taxpayers become increasingly budget aware. As a result, schools include fund raising resources in their planning for programs.

Get Peace Of Mind With These 10 Questions For Your Jeweler
Written by: Marc Choyt | Distributed: 2007-09-06 | Word Count: 1039 | Page Views: 2317 | Votes: 7 | Rating: 3.86
Many consumers want to purchase ethically sourced jewelry yet they do not know enough about this emerging product category to even begin to talk to their jewelry. This article provides knowledge and the right questions to empower the consumer interested in purchasing social responsible jewelry.

Paris Hilton's Family Understands The Relaxation Of Flowers
Written by: Wesley Berry, AAF | Distributed: 2008-04-23 | Word Count: 389 | Page Views: 3070 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 3.83
Ask Paris Hilton what she thinks of flowers and she's likely to give her trademark response, "They're hot!" And, I'm certain that if you walk into any hotel in the Hilton line and you're very likely to see some beautiful flowers adorning the lobby and other public areas. That's because people in the decorating and design industry, such as those responsible for the interior design of Hilton hotels, understand that flowers are an excellent way to make people feel welcome and relaxed.

Tea: Ordering Green Tea Online
Written by: Jon M. Stout | Distributed: 2007-06-05 | Word Count: 890 | Page Views: 3804 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 3.83
If you've started to become a green tea enthusiast, no doubt you've realized that there are an overwhelming number of green teas from which to choose. Just the number of green teas varieties in China are too many to list. You may have an interest in trying them all but that will take you quite a while!

Do It Yourself Mold Testing Kits
Written by: Daryl Watters | Distributed: 2007-05-29 | Word Count: 729 | Page Views: 5089 | Votes: 9 | Rating: 3.78
If you feel that you have a mold problem, you can save money on a mold inspection by buying a mold testing kit from your local South Florida building supply store.

Lindsay Lohan's Color Sense
Written by: Wesley Berry, AAF | Distributed: 2008-03-27 | Word Count: 400 | Page Views: 3203 | Votes: 8 | Rating: 3.75
Young movie starlet Lindsay Lohan has recently begun to be noticed for her fashion sense, including her oft-changing hair color. The use of color is certainly important in the fashion industry, but there's another industry where it's perhaps even more important-the floral industry.

How To Tell If Your Clothes Are Dirty
Written by: Theresa Bane | Distributed: 2008-05-28 | Word Count: 1984 | Page Views: 7111 | Votes: 18 | Rating: 3.72
If you are the type of person who wears clothes, like, t-shirts for example, than this is an article for you. You may not be aware of it, but your favorite t-shirt that has a clever or funny saying emblazoned across it's width can actually reach a level of funk that requires it to be laundered.

Odors From Hidden Mold And Your Health
Written by: Daryl Watters | Distributed: 2008-05-14 | Word Count: 1717 | Page Views: 3714 | Votes: 7 | Rating: 3.71
Article on the often overlooked health effects of exposure to microbial volatile organic compounds or mvoc also known as mold odor. How mold odor can cause indoor air quality problems from home owners and building occupants, and how mold inspectors testing for spores often overlook this potential health threat.

Bosses Day: 25 Wallet-Friendly Gift Ideas
Written by: Darlene Arechederra | Distributed: 2006-08-23 | Word Count: 799 | Page Views: 8441 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 3.67
Bosses Day is right around the corner again -- but no need to panic! You still have plenty of time to find a great gift. The good news is that finding the perfect gift for your boss doesn't need to drain your wallet. Read on for some practical and low-cost gift ideas, including gifts for bosses with special circumstances.

Eco Friendly Home Accents Are in Demand
Written by: Kris Bond | Distributed: 2009-03-03 | Word Count: 632 | Page Views: 2701 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 3.67
The Eco Friendly trend continues to grow.... not falling short of entering the home. For the past several years manufacturers of all the different industries and local retail stores have been in search of ways to save the environment - or at least preserve what can be.












Download an eBook today
 
Directory Navigation
Locate By Author

Locate By Category:
ALL Categories
Arts & Crafts
Arts & Entertainment
Automotive
Business - Offline
Business - Online
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Finance
Food & Drink
Health & Wellness
Home & Garden
Humor
Internet
Nature & Pets
Real Estate
Religion
Self Improvement
Shopping
Society
Sports & Recreation
Technology
Travel & Leisure
Uncategorized
World Events
Writing & Speaking

Change Number of Results:
50 - 100 - 200 - 500
Article Reprint Rights
Creative Commons License

This work is
licensed under a
Creative Commons
License


You are not required to show the creative commons license notice when you reprint this work.
Article Publishing Tools
Print Article
Email-to-Blog
HTML Source Code
Text Newsletter Format
Link Back HTML

Blog Publishing Tools

Internal ID: #7203
Article Statistics
Word Count: 880

Total Views: 2434

Article Rating: 2.50 of 5
Votes Cast: 2

More Articles By Author:




Article Title Search:

Widow Search
Right Blinker
Google
Yahoo!
Zuula
Bing
Cuil

Last Distribution Date:
2009-12-31 10:00:00






All Articles are Copyright © 2001-2017 of the Defined Authors.

All other material and images on this site are:
Copyright © 2001-2017, ThePhantomWriters.com