Christmas online shopping? Don’t forget these top tips
Festive online shopping means avoiding busy malls and large crowds. Here’s how you can get what you want in time for Christmas.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Black Friday, it’s that online shopping is the way to go when it comes to convenience and less stress. And with Christmas practically on our doorstep, many are taking the same route when it comes to dodging crowds at busy malls
But before you proceed to checkout, take a look at these guidelines…
CHRISTMAS GIFTS: ONLINE SHOPPING TOP TIPS
Here’s the lowdown on how to have an easy checkout and delivery experience when it comes to online shopping.
Local vs abroad
Shopping abroad can yield a wider variety of results for online shoppers.
However, many cons include a longer shipping time frame, expensive delivery options, and having to pay customs. Then there is also the chance that your goods can be held up at customs before they are released to you.
In comparison, shopping locally means a quicker turnaround time, cheaper shipping and most often supporting small and medium businesses.
Quick and convenient
For obvious reasons, shopping online is hassle-free in comparison to physically going into a store to make a purchase – especially during the busy Christmas rush.
It’s convenient, quick, and relatively easy. If you’re concerned about the safety of online shopping, check out our secure and seamless online shipping tips here.
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Unlike physical stores, which are bound by business trading hours, online stores operate 24/7.
In addition, they also quickly source stock and deliver stock from a warehouse, unlike physical stores, which have to wait for stock to be replenished.
Awake at 5am worrying about what to get everyone for Christmas 🎁 Fast forward 11 hours & with a bit of online shopping I’m more or less done 😅 pic.twitter.com/YsPFOba4OD— Lisa (@lmsjersey) November 24, 2023
Festive season deliveries
While there is usually a small delay in shipping during peak periods, many online retailers have increased their manpower over the Christmas season. This assists in;
- A quicker turnaround time
- Deliveries during the weekend
- Options to upgrade to express delivery
It took me $20 mins to do all my Christmas shopping. I love online shopping— Autumn Smith (@autumnn_smith24) December 5, 2021
Online shopping deadlines
If you’re hoping to get your online shopping orders ahead of Christmas, take note of the following;
- Pay attention to the small print – is the stock locally available, or is it sourced abroad?
- Delivery guidelines – most retailers give you an estimated date when to expect your parcel
- If there are delivery delays, your online retailer will let you know ahead of making payment.
Unless otherwise stated, for many retailers, the week prior to Christmas is usually the deadline to ensure your goods arrive in time to be popped under the Christmas tree.