Online Shopping: A College Student's Christmas Miracle

By Lucy Infeld on November 15, 2012

With the Christmas season fast approaching, many college students are doing their favorite thing: turning to the internet. With so many stores offering websites with tools to make online shopping fast and easy, along with holiday sales and free shipping, online shopping is the best alternative for college students without a ton of free time to check off everyone on their Christmas list.

In online shopping, some sites do have definite advantages. Ebay is great if you are used to navigating through the many users. However, if you aren’t, you can get tricked by sellers who are not honest about the quality of their products. When looking through the site, check for users who have a “Top-Seller Rating;” this means they have already sold to a number of Ebay customers and have received positive feedback from these transactions.

Amazon is great in that it weeds out most users without good credentials and sells reputable products at discounted rates. It also will conveniently tell you if something is new or used. This way you can get cheaper deals on used materials like textbooks (but be sure that you are not buying a pre-owned Christmas gift for someone on your list).

In terms of homemade and more sentimental gifts, sites like Pinterest have virtual pin boards categorized by subject to easily find exactly what you are looking for. The categories can also provide inspiration for compiling a Christmas list by browsing categories of interest to those you need to shop for.

All in all, online shopping can be a huge asset to the college student who needs to shop fast and on a budget. Just be sure to check the legitimacy of sites before you hand over your credit card information.

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