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Why quality products matter – and can be found online

I got this blooming tea set off Amazon last Christmas for about $20. It was really cool and fun and ended up being a great gift! As you can see, the quality is great. Online products often have reviews so you know exactly what kind of experience to expect.

I got this blooming tea set off Amazon last Christmas for about $20. It was really cool and fun and ended up being a great gift! As you can see, the quality is great. Online products often have reviews so you know exactly what kind of experience to expect.

It’s easy to skimp on things because of money. In the real world, we have a limited budget and competing needs, desires and priorities. But we’ve all had a bad experience where we’ve bought something cheap and it didn’t work out too well for us. As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for” and sometimes cheap products become more of a hassle and you end up losing money on them between repairs and replacing them. From researching product reviews, it seems that most people find it more worthwhile to buy a higher quality product as long as the value is reasonable than mess with a faulty one.

As the holidays draw near, many of us are thinking about finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones this year. Personally I am a perfectionist and always aim to give someone a gift that won’t be stored in their closet to find 2 years later.

Another great irony is celebrating thankfulness and contentment and a day later trampling people for Black Friday.

So, with a lighter post for today, I plan on sharing why I personally plan to do the majority of my shopping online this year.

My 5 reasons to avoid Black Friday Crowds:

1. No fighting over parking at my local Walmart or mall. Any other day I can come to these places and just walk in when I need. I know that everyone is going to be there at this day and it will take me 20 minutes to walk from my parking spot to the entrance, so why go then? And let’s face it – there are online retailers that have higher quality products than Walmart and Target. Especially considering a mad frenzied hoard has probably already been grabbing, moving, and potentially damaging that gift on the shelf you were thinking of buying.

2. No waking up at 5 a.m. to stand in line in the cold. As a college student, I hate morning classes in winter when it’s cold and dark. I also hate that I can’t sleep in for them – remind me why I would voluntarily wake up at insane hours on one of the few days I get to sleep in? This is a special time with family and to take time off and de-stress, so who wants to spend the day being miserable. And what if, despite your efforts, you don’t get there early enough, or you miss the last low-priced Wii?

3. I can find the perfect gift with the wealth of ideas from the internet. A personal favorite of late is Fab.com, but many websites have holiday specials – the list is really endless. Many gifts online are unique and cannot be found in stores, not to mention that most major retailers also have a website anyway. So whether you’re going for that super unique “just for you” gift that could only ever be found online or looking to get a deal on a Wii, the World Wide Web has got you covered. And after pinning away for a year, I can finally just look back at my Pinterest boards and send relatives URLs to the things that I want, too!

4. Similar deals and just plain easier. Online retailers also happen to celebrate Black Friday with discounts! Amazon has great deals. Did I mention that I can stay warm under the covers while sipping the perfect cup of hot chocolate and watching TV during this process?

5. Get gifts without assault and battery. Let’s face it, Black Friday crowds are vicious. And while it may be fun to join in the consumer frenzy, it’s not the best environment to find and think through the things you want to buy. Save time and fight for limited items with clicks instead of pushes. Also, a personal favorite – if a site runs out of a deal, they may have another one the next hour or I can just move onto the next one. Shopping in person, it can be a hassle to drive around town trying to find another store that has the item I want.

Maybe 10 years ago, people were scared to buy things over the internet. Now that simply isn’t so. My sister-in-law is determined to make a few Black Friday stops in person, but I refuse to wake up before 9 a.m. during my short break. If I do tag along, it will be just for the experience. I can’t think straight with so many people rushing around everywhere and things I don’t really need marked down purely for temptation. So what will you do this Black Friday – surf the web or go out and wait?