Monday, September 26, 2005

Shopping for Savings

By Christina VanGinkel

Choosing a shopping destination the next time you purchase a camera or video recorder can be a daunting task. Thankfully, has taken the overwhelming feeling associated with this undertaking and tried to make it as easy as can be. Take a good look at the categories themselves and you will see that they have organized choices of cameras by type, made a separate category for accessories that you may need, along with a category for lenses and another one for filters. Not to stop there though, they have broken the shopping down by retailer for those of you who may not have a full understanding of just what you are shopping for., Best Buy, Camera World, Circuit City, CompUSA, Dell, eBay Cameras, Exposures, Gateway, Overstock, Ritz Camera, Smart Bargains, Wal-Mart, and Wolf Camera will all offer you a unique shopping experience. Simply by clicking on their link beneath the retail heading, you will be brought to their storefront for easy browsing and price comparison. When you are ready to browse another store, or do a price comparison from site to site, simply back up in your browser to to keep track of which retailers you have already visited.

By taking advantage of these simplified links, I was able to save nearly a hundred dollars on my camera purchase a few months back. I had assumed that I would be able to purchase it locally for a savings over any online store, as I would not be paying shipping fees. I did check prices on the camera locally; at each store that was available to me, I either went into the store itself, or phoned to see if they had it in stock, and if they did, or were expecting it in, what their lowest price was. I even asked about any upcoming sales that the stores might have. With a set budget, I decided to see if I could get it online for any less after hearing what the price was, and used to keep track of the stores I visited.

I found it cheaper at almost every store online I visited, and in an amount of time that took me less than visiting one local store, I had price checked and ordered my camera for nearly one hundred dollars less than the lowest local price. This included all shipping charges and tax. While I am all for shopping locally when I make a purchase, in these times of tightening belts, I am also all for saving as much as I can, and one hundred dollars in quite a big difference. Without the ease of shopping provided through sites such as, I am not sure I would always take the time to make sure I were getting the absolute lowest price available. Thankfully, they do provide the ease, and I was able to use it to my advantage. The next time you are considering such a purchase, take a few extra minutes to compare prices, and hopefully you will be as pleasantly surprised as I was with such a substantial savings!

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