Reasons to shop in the community:
-I like to support my local businesses. They are what keeps my mid-sized city thriving.
-There have been times when I have been disappointed by the quality of an item purchased on line.
-Returns online involve repackaging, a trip to the post office, and often the expense of the return postage.
-Shopping in the community helps to keep us active.
Reasons to shop online:
-The main reason I shop online is to obtain specialty items that aren’t available in my town, such as certain hobby supplies and specialty food items.
-When purchasing a heavy item, such as kit furniture, it is very convenient, and usually free, to have it shipped to my door.
-The reviews provided online are very informative when making a purchase. Instead of viewing an item in the store and then purchasing online, I like to do the reverse. I find an item with great reviews then shop for it locally.
Amazon has captured a large part of the online market and is easy to use. I have enjoyed having an Amazon VISA card, as it earns points with all of my purchases everywhere I shop, and gives me points for my next order. Thus far I have not found it neccessary to join their “Prime” promotion, as it is already quite feasible to put together an order of $35 to qualify for free shipping.