Even the traditional retailers are getting in on the act - They don't want to lose any more market share to the likes of Amazon, and consumers are benefitting as a result. Wal-Mart and Target are currently engaged in a pricing war for books and DVDs, and I have already made several purchases for the holidays (My poor kids have to "suffer" through both Christmas and Chanukah) - and made them all with free shipping, to boot.
If you are like me, you care enough to send the very best - as long as you don't have to pay full retail. And so, in the spirit of giving, I want to share a great tip with you. It's a website - Dealnews.com. I've been checking it a lot lately - at least once a day. What's so great about Dealnews? It's an aggregator - one that doesn't favor any particular retail operation. The name of the site says it all - It's continuously updated news about great deals that can be found online, on everything from car tires to pizza... From blouses to hard drives.
I first read about this site a couple of years ago in an article in the Wall Street Journal, and I've been checking it out ever since - especially around the holidays. I've used the site to help me buy, among other things, two computers, a monitor, dvds, books and clothing. It helped me land a one-year subscription to Vanity Fair for five bucks, and a TiVo magnet for free. (It's the small things that bring me real pleasure!)
Now, I can hear you saying, "But John, you cheap bastard - we have to buy shirts and pants in stores, lest a return is required." But there is even a solution for that in many cases. The Missus buys a lot of clothes for our sons online at places like Old Navy and The Gap. If a return is necessary, she can always go to actual physical store to return it at no charge.
See? I knew those places were still good for something!