Benefits Of Online Shopping For The Modern Man

Shopping is and has always been a fun activity for every woman out there, but simply a pain to guys. Especially when most of them have to stand in long queues, watching shoppers fight for toys, seeing their wallets get emptied, well – shopping can be a pressuring and stressful event. Whilst that said, it doesn’t have to be. One can still enjoy shopping without all the hassle that comes with it through online shopping.

For those guys who want to skip the holiday traffic, waking up at an ungodly hour to be the first in line, fight their way through the crowds, or just want to enjoy the holiday without the stress and drama, online shopping can be an excellent alternative.

Why Shop Online?

One of the advantages is of course – the convenience and ease that it provides shoppers. One can just connect to the internet, open their browser, type in their favourite virtual store and start looking at the various electronic gadgets available. Since it is open 24/7, one can check out the item’s specs at their own leisure without having to wake up early to rush to the mall or be stressed out with the store clerk looking at you with the evil eye especially when its closing time.

The variety and selections spread out is excellent so that one no longer needs to go from one computer store to another. One can open two windows in their computer or check the items they are interested in and compare them with each other. This provides consumers with different options and since they are not restricted or limited to the brand(s) available, they can choose the one that will suit their needs.

Are You An Avid Collector?

For guys looking for hard to find electronic items, the internet provides a hub of specialized and hard to find merchandise. Aside from popular auction houses, some sellers would also post images or photos of rare and obscure items that one might be interested in. This can include authentic electronic equipment, vintage baseball card collections, minted coins, books and other stuffs that would be of interest to avid collectors or hobbyists.

One thing that makes shopping online great for gadget loving guys is that they would be able to buy the latest electronic equipment such as tablets, smartphones, laptops and other mechanical devices. In addition, as store displays are limited, surfing the virtual site would help one to contact the company directly to order out of stock items and pick it up from their local store once available. Warranties are also guaranteed and some do offer money back guarantee for when the item has defects and free pick-ups are offered.

Best Possible Price

Shopping in the internet also has one advantage that conventional shopping stores do not have and that is offering the latest gadgets at almost half the price. One can find the lowest and the best possible prices that they can get for the item that they want to buy. All the buyer has to do is to compare the prices and offers that each seller advertise in their site. This is not possible when one is shopping in a traditional store as more often than not, they are all priced exactly the same so one has no option but to buy at the price dictated by the store.

The best and greatest benefit that online shopping gives guys is that it beats being dragged for endless hours by their loved ones from one store to another. And that, my dear friend, is the ultimate coup de grace.

All About The Great Online Shopping Festival 2014

Brief History

On December 12, 2012, Google India organized a day long shopping festival during which people could shop from hundreds of different online retailers at earth-shatteringly low rates. Following its success, Google organized the same event next year in December 2013. However, due to the massive success of GOSF in the previous year, this time around, it was organized for 3 days from 11th-13th December. Surpassing everyone’s expectations, the response to GOSF in 2013 was so “great,” that the organizers had no choice but to extend it one more day, in order to satiate the ever increasing number of online shoppers in the country. Now, come December, GOSF 2014 is expected to woo and please millions of online shopping enthusiasts in India, during its 3 days long run between 10-12 December. Being one of the first of its kind in country, GOSF has played a big role in introducing people to the many benefits of online shopping, even if it’s just for a period of 3 days. Moreover, it has proven to be extremely fruitful for the many already-existing as well as upcoming online and offline retailers, in getting their brand recognized and also make good sales in the process.

What’s So Special About GOSF?

There are some very good reasons why this initiative by Google is called “The Great” Online Shopping Festival. In order to attract as many shoppers as possible, the event offers massive sales in all categories across hundreds of brands and online shopping stores like Flipkart, Amazon, SnapDeal, Myntra and Jabong, to name a handful. Although the money-saving deals are applicable for a variety of products and brands, there are still some really popular categories that make the maximum number of sales during GOSF, something by which both the customers and the retailers profit. Some of the most sought-after categories are those of;

Electronics

One of the most popular categories, understandably because everyone wants to get their hands on the latest smart phones from the leading cell phone brands, especially if they are available at cheaper rates than the market prices. From Apple, Sony, Samsung and Nokia to HTC, Micromax, Gionee and more, almost every smart phone brand offers amazing discounts on their handsets. Apart from phones, the electronics category also sees good sales through LED/LCD television sets, home theaters, refrigerators, gaming consoles, among many others.

Fashion & Apparels

Another hot category is that of clothing and fashion. With most of all major cosmetic and apparel brands like L’Oreal, Davidoff, Olay, Wrangler, Burberry, United Colors of Benetton, Adidas and countless others, offering their latest range of products at wonderfully reduced prices, it comes as little surprise that this category is always in demand.

Travel & Booking

Nobody wants to miss a chance to travel to exotic locations, both within India and abroad. And if such travel and hotel bookings are available for lesser prices than usual, who would not be tempted to plan a vacation immediately? That is precisely why big travel companies like MakeMyTrip, Yatra, GoIbibo, Travel Guru, etc. introduce exciting deals on bookings during GOSF, luring in travelers who rush to book their reservations at cheaper rates.

Apart from these three, there are several other categories like books, jewellery, home decor, health and beauty, dining and restaurants, etc. that come with attractive discount offers that help shoppers save a good sum of money during the three days of GOSF.

What to Expect From GOSF 2014?

In an unprecedented move, this year, Google has already started creating buzz about GOSF through a Pre-Party, a 14 days long contest from November 25th to December 10th, the day of commencement of GOSF 2014. During this unique contest, 14 shortlisted brands will offer deals and discounts and hold contests on their products, for one full day each. The lucky winners of these contests will stand a chance to shop for free from the respective brands for a limited period of time. Add to that, this year, GOSF will also have a special segment called the “299 corner,” which will include costly, branded products for just Rs.299.

Apart from these new and special features, GOSF 2014 will give amazing discount offers and deals to customers for more number of online and offline retailers than ever before. So if you have been stashing up money to splurge on your favourite products and brands in one go, GOSF 2014 is just the right event for you. You can indulge in three days of non-stop, money-saving shopping experience between 10th-12th December and get all your desired goods at shockingly low rates!

Cheap Online Shopping: The Top 10 Sites for Finding Discounts Online

Shopping online can be significantly cheaper than heading downtown towards your local mall, outlet, Best Buy, Walmart and so forth. The overabundance of competition at the entire world’s fingertips forces suppliers to break down and get rid of their items for a bargain that bests its competitors’ prices. Shopping on the web may also be tax free for a variety of online shops. Thanks to the likes of eBay, many retailers may even specialize in refurbishing products and selling them for far below the out-of-box price. However, surfing the web simply to find which store can sell an LED Television for $20 less can be time consuming. Customers also tend to worry about having their credit card information stolen. Therefore, I have compiled a list of the top 10 places to buy cheap electronics online. The websites making this list are based on reputation, security, inventory, shipping speed, and of course price.

1. eBay – eBay is the mecca of purchasing cheap electronics online. Customers can find literally anything here, be it new, refurbished, used, broken, etc. Thanks to the Buy It Now feature users no longer need to consume their time getting into bidding wars. eBay’s partnership with PayPal allows customers to shop with confidence. Despite its reputation eBay cannot control how long their suppliers take to ship items, whether the items are in the condition described, or if the seller is an outright scam artist. PayPal does a great job protecting consumers from these types of incidents; however they can still cause headaches, and potentially a loss of funds.

2. Cheap Electronics Depot – CheapElectronicsDepot.com features the lowest prices online by a landslide. Their product selection may be low (less than 100 items) however the items sold are in very high demand. iPod’s, HDTV’s, MacBooks, Video Games consoles, and more are all sold for up to 99% off retail. Bargain hunters looking to go the extra mile for an incredible deal enjoy shopping at Cheap Electronics Depot. The catch here is all items are sold via a “bidding fee auction.” Meaning users must pay a small fee (usually 60 cents) each time they place a bid. The price increases by 1 penny with each bid. Most items tend to sell for about $50. Therefore placing 100 bids on a one thousand dollar HDTV is equivalent to purchasing it for $90. Cons are, the site design leaves something to be desired, and you may end up paying for bids without winning the product.

3. Ioffer – Ioffer is a clever site that is a slight variation on eBay. Rather than the seller setting a price, the customer makes an offer to the seller. The seller may accept, decline, or make a counter offer. I have realized that if you search around enough and make enough offers, you can get some amazing deals on here. A lot of sellers may be eager to get rid of their product; therefore they are quick to accept a low offer. However, the site can become frustrating when sellers decline very reasonable offers. The product selection is very vast, and users should be able to find any electronics they like on here.

4. Best Buy – Before you jump all over me for putting a retail chain on here as an online store, please hear me out. BestBuy.com offers products online from their Outlet Center that cannot be purchased in the store. Don’t think the 7th Generation iPod is much different from the 6th generation? Head on over to Best Buy online store and check to see if they have any refurbished 6th generation iPods at the outlet center. The price is much cheaper, and since you are dealing with such a refutable seller, you can shop with confidence. The shipping costs are high, taxes must be paid, and the outlet center may not always have what you need. This is still a very worth place to find cheap electronics online.

5. NewEgg – I don’t know how they do it, but NewEgg features some very solid deals on High Def televisions, digital cameras, and most of all computer parts. Tech savvy bargain hunters could practically put together an entire desktop from parts they purchased for NewEgg. All for less than $300. Less technologically inclined users may not be able to find such deals, however the prices on electronics here are definitely not something to snub one’s nose at.

6. Wal-Mart – Walmart.com… Not much to say here. While not everyone may agree with their labor policies, or corporate practices, there is no denying the Wal-Mart continues to find ways to push out products for prices few can match.

7. Craigslist – Without a doubt, Craigslist features some of the best prices on electronics. Plus users get to avoid the whole shipping process, tax, credit card entered online, etc. It is also great to see the product in person before purchasing. Craigslist slips because if one lives in a rural region of the country, very few ads are available and finding what you need may be difficult. Secondly, Craigslist is prone to a variety of scams. Most importantly, Craigslist is not always entirely safe. Visit a stranger’s house at your own risk, and cut down your risk by bringing someone with you.

8. HHGreg – Like NewEgg, HHGreg features some good deals. While their prices cannot compete with the likes of an eBay or Cheap Electronics Depot, their products are always top notch, and you know you are dealing with a trustworthy seller who can come through should the product fail to work.

9. Amazon – Most of you would have Amazon ranked higher on this list. I mean after all, they have a great reputation and sell basically any product imaginable. Well the factor I weighted most when creating this list was price. And Amazon is very hit or miss with its deals. I may be able to look up an off brand Television and find it for about $100 less than what it may cost directly from the retailer. However, there are other products that only seem to sell for exactly the same price in the store (sometimes more). Amazon is still a great website to give a try. You never know if you may find a deal on what you are looking for.

10. Target – Target is the rich man’s version of Wal-Mart. I’m sure everyone is well versed on Target and understands that the slightly better reputation over Wal-Mart means slightly higher prices.