In this day and age there are many who would be skeptical about shopping online for gifts. Granted, the net holds many perils, but keep your eyes peeled and you won’t get ripped off.
Choosing the site is important. EBay is one that has made a name for itself for selling anything and everything, but that is because it panders to the eccentric whims and fancies of people. However, it is possibly one of the better sites you could go to for your shopping. If you have the time then check out the credentials of the site by contacting the people behind it and visiting their regional office, if they have one. If you plan to do a lot of online shopping then it is imperative that you do this. In order to test the products and the kind of services the site provides, then simply start shopping – start with small purchases first.In time you will get to know the site better and understand how it works. With minimal energy you will have found yourself a veritable gold-mine for all your colleagues and bosses who are, after all, your main focus in this exercise.
But why shop online?
The obvious: it saves time! Time is the biggest cruncher of all in our times of fast money, fast cars and fast lifestyles. Often with the culture of gifting creeping into our workspace we end up being forced to buy gifts for people we don’t give a rat’s ass about. Pardon the French. So why spend too much time and energy on that? Money can also be saved – think about the travel expenses you would be saving by simply clicking a button on your computer. It might seem like nothing to you now, but think of it in the long run. You save time as well as money. And it is just as easy to get it delivered to the recipient as it is when you are shopping personally.
Moreover it is not as ‘shady’ as it used to be. When you shop online you get a 360 degree view of the product you are considering. So you’re not buying anything blindly.
There are so many corporate gifting websites that it is difficult to sift the chaff from the grain – check out how many people would actually endorse the website. It’s not too difficult or time-consuming as websites would happily advertise anything positive said about them. So investigate the site and see what the customer feedback is like. Ask people you know who have sold or bought things online and get to know the site through their experiences.
Just like the services provided at a store, websites also have fun add-ons that make the whole experience memorable. Funny icons, catchy opening lines, riotous colours … they’re all in place to keep the consumer – you – hooked. Online shopping is much more safe than it used to be earlier and a whole lot more fun too!