7 Best Online Shopping Websites

7 Best Online Shopping Websites


The internet has changed the way we live our lives providing useful and relevant information at the click of a mouse. Online shopping has exploded in use, but there are also more sites to patronize than one can imagine, many of which are not worth the time or hassle.

gift boxBut there are some sites which stand tall, providing a service like none other. We’ve assemble a list of 7 heavyweights including one that may surprise you.

Amazon.com – Once marketed as a bookseller, Amazon has put its growing pains behind itself and has expanded to sell many different items. Yes, you can still find great buys on books but there are so many other departments to consider including automotive, jewelry, home and garden, software, pet supplies….

eBay.com – Your local garage sale has morphed into an online used goods sale thanks to eBay. Power sellers may not be happy with all of the changes implemented over the past few years, but buyers have the confidence of knowing that what you are selling is worth it to them.

Etsy.com – If you’re a connoisseur of handmade or vintage goods, then Etsy is where you want to be. Described by some as a cross between eBay and Amazon, Etsy has taken the DIY crafts world by storm.

Woot.com – A special a day, keeps the doctor away…. Well, that doesn’t make sense, but Woot does offer what a lot of online shoppers want: an honest to goodness daily deal. Last week, I checked out the site and found a Gateway netbook listed for just $259. Sure, it is an older and refurbished model, but the savings are still decent and they come equipped with Windows 7 installed.

ThinkGeek.com – If Woot is too limited in their specials for you, then ThinkGeek may have what you want. Gadgets, toys, electronics, computer stuff and more. No, I still haven’t figured out what all the excitement is about when it comes to bucky balls!

FatWallet.com – Sometimes the savings can be had through couponing, an age old way of saving money on the products you know and love. Fat Wallet helps you save a few bucks on the things you want, money that can reduce the cost of your fab finds.

Craigslist.org – There is nothing like Craigslist even though Oodle and Kijiji try to close the gap. Best known for its online personals, Craigslist is also a very good place to find garage, yard and other sales in your area. Kind of like how newspapers used to be, but with much more flexibility.

There are other sites online that compare favorably with those mentioned. Always shop a secured site and familiarize yourself with how they work, their shipping and tax policies, as well as how they handle returns and product guarantees.

Adv. — Are you looking for online bargains? The 7 sites we featured here are certainly worth exploring. However, we also invite you to check out nBuy Shopping Plaza, your discount headquarters for school supplies, home and garden, computing, kids stuff and more!


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".