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					The Truth About Online Shopping

Shopping has become one of the frequent activities of modern man.
Shopping centers and shopping malls are almost everywhere especially in
big cities. In smaller towns, stores provide the consumer needs of every
people in the community.

Yet with modern age and with the advent of computers and the internet,
online shopping has also emerged. In the US alone, it is estimated that
about one-third of the total sales from stores basically come from online
shopping alone! That would mean billions of US dollars worth of goods and
services are being transacted through the internet alone as of this
writing (2005). Wow!

Here are three of the reasons why people simply shop online?

1. Convenience - simply by visiting an online store through the internet,
shoppers can simply shop at home. NO need to worry about traffic,crowds,
or the bad weather.

2. Ease - nothing to worry about bringing home so much stuff. The goods
are simply delivered right through your house door.

3. Goods can be ordered from other places - sometimes, a particular
product cannot be found in the local stores where the buyer resides. A
buyer from New York can easily buy products that are commonly found in
California without the hassle and much expense of travel.

Among one of the common online transactions done in the US are online
hotel reservations for cheap hotels and cheap motels. These are
especially true during the peak seasons or on holidays. Example, if a
traveller from Hawaii plans to travel to Las Vegas on a long weekend, his
best option would be make an advance hotel reservations online by
shopping through the internet.

However, despite the advantages of online shopping, it also carries with
it some concerns for the consumer. Just like when shopping in a store,
there are also risks involved. One of the risks include the issues of
fraud, scams and identity theft. Because of these, governments and other
concerned private entities are making a lot of concerted efforts to make
online shopping a safer place for consumers.

Even if you think too negative about the internet, it is highly
recommended that you learn some safety measures too. One tip for
consumers is never to give sensitive information about you from
unsolicited emails. If you receive emails asking you to resubmit your
data such as your social security number, your password, your username,
your bank accounts -- think twice and do some further inquiry. If still
in doubt, better don't.

If you are familiar with Costco, it requires membership before they would
allow buyers to enter their stores. Bargain hunters also take a lot of
advantage for internet promos. Online store memberships are also
available from other online stores. One example is www.payjusthalf.com
which gives wholesale rates for their products. To be able to avail of
the wholesale rates, a consumer has to register with their site and enter
an online code. As a tip for our readers, you can enter this code:
LC9834-A1-001. Isn't that cool?

Ready to shop? Well, happy shopping!
About the Author

VMT Singuillo is a freelance writer and has written articles for
www.grandfatherclock.biz, www.nativeamericanindians.net,
www.cheaphotelsforyou.com, and more.

Written by: VMT Singuillo