Originally posted by DaTroof
reply to post by Agit8dChop
Question about your online shopping: What do you pay for shipping, or is that included in the checkout price?
Sure, saving a few bucks here and there is great, but if I need to pay extra for shipping, or ship from 3-4 different places when I could buy
everything in one shopping excursion, which is really better?
I will give you and in-depth answer to your question,as well as also replying to OP.
I will start out by saying that YMMV because of your circumstances and what mine are may very well not apply to your life.I live with my elderly
father and my disabled brother (born with brain damage and has epilepsy).I moved here right before my mother died 18 months ago of cancer.
I live in a semi-rural place in North Carolina,and nothing is really close to it,although we do have a Food Lion Grocery that got built around 10
years ago.We get our fresh meats and produce there and a few other items that one cannot buy in bulk online (where I shop,anyway) and we almost always
buy the store brand.
What I cannot get there,I buy online at Walmart and Amazon.If you buy "Home-Free" eligible items at Walmart Online ($45 or more) shipping is free.No
problem for me as our paper goods and pharmacy/sundries/detergents and such meet that easily.I can sit here in the comfort of my own home at any time
of my choosing and in my jammies if I so choose and order what I want and do it easily after the initial set-up because you can keep a checklist.I can
buy in bulk and save a bundle and not pay outrageous gas prices or wear and tear on truck driving 28 miles round trip and not fight traffic,be exposed
to weather conditions and don't have to deal with crowds and checkout lines.Fed-Ex brings it right to my door.
With Amazon,same thing only there is a $79 Prime Membership Fee,but it works out for me because I was ordering so many things we needed after I moved
here and took over the finances and running the house,that it was WELL worth it in MY circumstance,not to mention what we save in gas.The perk to that
is access to Prime Streaming for no additional cost and we have Roku and I have Xbox,so this is perfect.I have an ordering list just like at
Walmart,and one-click ordering and I even get automatic order tracking on my Nexus 7 Google Now that shoots me virtual "cards" when things are
shipped (this applies to Walmart-shipped items,also) and Gmail notifies me.So,I can easily and conveniently keep track of my orders,their status and
when they will arrive.All the aformentioned perks I cited for Walmart apply here also,except with Amazon Prime there is no $$ limit you have to meet
before it's free.At Christmas time,I ordered my father a set of flannel sheets at 5pm on Amazon,and at 11:15am the next day UPS delivered them to my
door.It's usually two-day shipping,but sometimes we get things in less than that.
So,for me and my family,this is ideal and I LOVE IT!
I agree with some things others have mentioned here about the reasons so many retail stores are going out of business.It's the reality of the
technology age and the impact of the economy and also online shopping being so dang convenient,it's really a no-brainer,IMO.