Online vs. mall shopping

November 19, 2008 3:18:53 PM PST
More and more shoppers are turning to online shopping for its convenience and selection. Forrester research company expects online holiday sales of $44-billion. That's up 12 percent from last year, the slowest growth to date.

But with stores pulling out all the stops to get business, and offering extreme sales, should you shop online or in person?

When it comes to holiday shoppers there are two kinds of consumers. The social type, who loves the experience of the mall and the cerebral shopper who would rather to business in the privacy of their own home.

Eyewitness News is going to help you decide what's best for you.

So let's start with the mall Roosevelt field mall manager Nadine Nakamura tells us its well worth the trip.

Beverly Saidmehr is a stylist and consultant. She insists you can cover a lot more ground on the internet. And by utilizing certain websites comparison pricing is a snap

"In 15, 20 minutes you can get a lot done. Make a good decision," said Saidmehr.

Danni Green, manager of K-B toys sees advantages to both

"I like in store because you can get help. But online there's a convenience factor," he says.

So let's get down to the pros.

In a store see what you're buying.

You can consult with, even bargain with salespeople. Cash in on in-store promotions and one day sales.

Online is fast, easy, and hassle free. You can avoid crowds and long lines. You can search for products without going from store to store.

And here are some quick tips from Wired magazine.

  • Sign up for emails to receive special promotions
  • Use coupon codes to get discounts and free shipping
  • And buy before Dec 12 to avoid extra shipping costs

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