Friends, with so many retail stores online, oftentimes shoppers can choose between the convenience of ordering merchandise online or purchasing it in the store. Some people choose online ordering due to hectic schedules or the distain of shopping in general. Other people prefer shopping in stores in order to see the merchandise firsthand and try on clothing. While theses choices are the reason for both mall and internet shopping, in the long run, a consumer may actually be paying more for this convenience.

Oftentimes, prices are more expensive on a store's website, and they are less expensive in the physical store. I found this to be true when recently shopping for office desks at Staples. This is especially true with clearance items and end-of-season merchandise. The sale merchandise needs to be moved out quickly to make room for the newer merchandise. In order to do so the stores will offer deep discounts that will not necessarily be offered online.

Friends, with so many retail stores online, oftentimes shoppers can choose between the convenience of ordering merchandise online or purchasing it in the store. Some people choose online ordering due to hectic schedules or the distain of shopping in general. Other people prefer shopping in stores in order to see the merchandise firsthand and try on clothing. While theses choices are the reason for both mall and internet shopping, in the long run, a consumer may actually be paying more for this convenience.

Oftentimes, prices are more expensive on a store's website, and they are less expensive in the physical store. I found this to be true when recently shopping for office desks at Staples. This is especially true with clearance items and end-of-season merchandise. The sale merchandise needs to be moved out quickly to make room for the newer merchandise. In order to do so the stores will offer deep discounts that will not necessarily be offered online.

Online merchants entice shoppers with online coupons. Shoppers believe that, with a coupon code, their order will be less expensive then if they were to shop the physical store. Some of the most popular codes, "Free shipping" and "25% off" may look like a big savings, but you need to make sure there are no hidden charges.

To ensure that they are getting the best possible deal, shoppers have to be flexible and knowledgeable before they make their purchases. If shopping for current or past season merchandise, in-store shopping at the physical department store would offer the best savings. Friday and Saturday usually offer special weekend incentives such as dollars off savings passes and coupons. Kohl‘s is known for offering "scratch off cards for an extra 15-30% off. This entices shoppers looking for additional savings. They also offer additional discounts on already reduced clearance items.

If regular, in-season merchandise or merchandise that is a store staple year-round, online shopping will probably save a shopper the most money. By using an online coupon, the shopper can save more by purchasing from the store's website as opposed to shopping at the store's physical site. The exceptions to this rule are weekend sale coupons. They usually offer the same discount as a web coupon, but the cost for shipping can be eliminated, thus making the purchase less inexpensive.

In the end, sometimes shoppers base their purchases on price, others on convenience. It all depends on type of items are needed, cost of the items, and whether or not the items are seasonal or not. With proper research and comparison shopping sites such as www.pricegrabber.com, www.gottadeal.com and www.cazoodle.com, the shopper can make an intelligent decision on the best route to go. Knowledge is key for shoppers. They need to decide how they can get the most for their dollars, whether it is online or in-store. For now, happy shopping!

Laurie, TheBag Lady