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Reasons To Shop Online For Plus Size Clothing And Accessories

One of the things that I have come to realize is that today there are more options available for men and women to shop online than ever. There are many sites that didn’t exist back in 2004 when I started my blogs. There are many big names in plus size fashion that are making changes to keep up with the demand. Here are a few thoughts that I have on why shopping online for plus size items is a good thing.

1. Demand – The demand for stylish trendy plus size fashions has always been there. Brick and mortar stores as a whole where not meeting this need so people that where tired of being frustrated going into stores decided to go online to sell plus size clothing, lingerie and accessories.

2. Variety – Considering that a lot of the plus size websites are individually owned and operated there is a lot of variety when it comes to styles and trends.

3. Profits and Savings – In 2005 there was almost 5 billion dollars spent online by men and women looking for sizes 18 and above. With that much money at stake it’s a win-win situation for the merchant and the consumer.

4. Privacy – Unlike when dealing with dressing rooms and insensitive clients, shopping online for a plus size individual allows shopping from the privacy of your home.

5. Understanding – since the majority of sites for plus size individuals are run by plus size individuals there is a level of understanding of there audience that other sites trying to cash in on plus sizes won’t be able to match.

6. Bargains – In a lot of cases shopping online for plus size items can cost you less in the long run. Most merchants are looking for customers that will return so there will be “Online Only” deals, especially from merchants that have both an online and offline presence.

7. Convenience – if you don’t like to fight with traffic and lines at the store then shopping online is as simple as opening up your browser.

8. Sales – Unlike going to the store to try and catch a sale shopping online will give you access to sales more often which in the long run can save you a lot of money.

9. Word of mouth – With sites like EBay and Amazon it allows customers to read reviews written by other shoppers so you know if a particular product is right for you.

10. Global shopping – Shopping online allows you to shop any place that delivers to your door and with plus size shopping being global you can take advantage of some of the fashions available in other countries.

There are of course many other reasons to shop online that are specific to the shopper. It’s a good thing that in 2006 there are more options available to larger individuals when it comes to shopping and merchants are looking to fill that need.

A Guide to Make the Most From Online Sales

The internet offers many excellent shopping opportunities today. Whereas online shopping used to be offered by only a few stores, today almost all the major stores offer online shopping. There are also some stores that only offer their products online. The internet provides options to save a lot of money, especially when you locate the correct stores and the right sales.

Shopping online for the sales is fun, easy and offers the convenience of never having to leave the comfort of your home. Increasingly more people are turning towards online shopping as a way to find great gifts and find amazing bargains from the luxury of their home. Here are some valuable guidelines on shopping online for the sales.

* Find out about the security of the site where you intend to do your shopping. While the majority of online shopping sites are safe, there are others that are not and it’s beneficial to know the difference. You will always want to buy from a site that is able to maintain confidentiality of your private details. One main way of ensuring the site is secure is if the address has “https” rather than just “http”. The “s” is your guarantee that the site is secure. A locked padlock or icon of a unbroken key in the status bar or at the bottom of the screen are also clues that the site is secure

* Use your credit card for online shopping if possible. Credit cards remain the most secure method for online shopping and come in handy when there is a dispute or an unauthorized purchase.

* Try to do a background check on the seller. While many of the online shopping sites are legitimate stores and sites, many sites are new and unknown to you. It’s a good idea to find a bit more about the seller before you hand them your personal financial information.

* Shop around for the best buys. While ease and simplicity may be the main reason you’re shopping online for the sales, you should still shop around for the best buys. Use the search engines to find the best deals for any item. For example, if you’re planning to buy “Malibu Barbie”, type that into a search engine and you’ll be surprised at how many online stores you’ll find that sell this item. Some of the sites may even tell you if they’re offering sale prices on the item.

* Beware of high shipping costs. You can very easily eliminate any saving you may have found if you have to pay high shipping costs. Always compare the shipping costs along with the cost of the product to get the best bargain. While some sites charge substantially for shipping, others give a discount or even offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount of money there. However, do NOT purchase items you don’t need just to get the free shipping or you’re not saving at all.

* Try to avoid taxes when buying online. According to the laws, an online site or store can only charge you taxes if they’re located in the same state as you. Consider shopping at an online chain store that offers a store in other states. By saving on the taxes you can make substantial savings on the total amount you pay.

* Think about doing your shopping at the auction sites. There are several reputable online auction sites. eBay is the most well-known and widely used online auction site and offers almost anything you could possibly want. The site also provides you the ability to check on the history and feedback for sellers. You can find some great products on eBay and other auction sites as well. It’s a good idea to look at the shipping costs here as well. Some sellers are known to charge high shipping costs to make profit on their products.

Safeway Online Shopping Made Easy

Safeway Online Shopping Made EasyIf you lead a busy life and have very little time for the things that are tedious and require more time than you have available, you will enjoy online grocery shopping provided at Safeway. Not only can you shop on the go, but also you can have your groceries delivered to your front door. You will be able to take advantage of the weekly specials even if you do not have the time to visit the store in person. This saves you time and money. If you have no idea what to make for dinner, the recipe section will help you with new ideas.

Online Grocery Shopping

If you are a first time online shopper, you enjoy the first time visitor free delivery option. That means that you can place your grocery order and have it delivered to your home free of charge. This means you can try the online shopping experience to see how everything works free. Before you start shopping, you can look at the weekly specials and save money by buying things that are on sale. Shopping has been made easier with the Internet, but being able to grocery shop online and have your order delivered has made life so much easier for those with very little time.

Recipe Ideas

If you are tired of the same meals repeatedly, you will find Safeway the place to find some different meal plans. They have tips and techniques, fifteen-minute recipes and a searchable database for recipes. There are many recipes to choose from for something a little different. If you are looking for something different, you can find recipes for chicken, pork, beef and even pasta recipes. You can easily prepare a meal in fifteen-minutes with the easy to prepare recipes. After you find a few recipes, you simply place your grocery shopping order online.

Healthy Meal Ideas

If you have a family member with diabetes or you need to start eating healthier, Safeway has a healthy living section that gives you some great tips on foods to eat or foods that are good for keeping you healthy. The information that is available is up to date and can help you keep your family healthy. If you are at a lost for ideas or need a question answered, the nutrition experts can answer your questions. You will enjoy having everything at your fingertips to make planning a meal easier.

Safeway has always been a family store and today they have made it easier for families to eat healthier by offering different services. From weekly savings to planning meals for those that need special foods, Safeway helps you from start to finish. There is no reason to order out for dinner, when you can have the groceries delivered right to your door. There is no better way for a busy mom or dad to plan a scrumptious meal with Safeway’s easy to use online shopping. Do your shopping on the go and look forward to having your groceries delivered right to your front door.

Why Go Garage Sale Shopping?

Why Go Garage Sale ShoppingYou ask, “Why should I go to Garage Sales and buy someone’s items they don’t want?”

I will tell you why I go. I go because I can find almost anything I want.

I buy all my baby gifts at Garage Sales. I just bought a gift for a baby girl. I bought 2 cute outfits, they were brand new with the tags still on them, and I also bought a few baby toys, and again they were new.

I have bought a lot of Christmas gifts. Everyone in my family has received gifts from me that I bought at Garage Sales. They would never know I bought them at a garage sale. I always make sure the items are new or in great condition.

When I buy a gift I buy most of them under $5.00. Here are a few of the gifts and items I have bought for myself…diamond earrings, diamond necklace, double oven, washer and dryer, name brand clothes, entertainment center, 3 desk, leather chair, lamps, name brand candles that have not been burned, gas logs, fiesta ware. I even buy most of my office supplies at Yard Sales.

All of these items where bought at a very low cost. My double ovens which were 4 years old I bought for $5.00. I still have them and they work great.

The diamond earrings cost me $20.00. They are gold hoop with diamonds on the inside and the outside of the hoop. New they cost around $200.00 or more.

I could go on and on telling you all the good deals I have gotten.

How to Find Items to Sell on Ebay at Garage Sales

If you haven’t tried garage sales for finding merchandise to sell on eBay, maybe you should explore this option. There is a strategy for getting the most out of your garage sale shopping efforts. Here are a few tips to help you maximize your efforts, and minimize your time investment.

1) Plan ahead. Go to craigslist to look for garage sale ads in your area. More and more people are relying on craigslist for free advertising. Garage sales usually start on Fridays, and the posts on craiglist start appearing on Tuesdays. Check daily for new posts, and keep a list of sales in your area. You can also look at your local newspaper’s website for garage sale ads. The big neighborhoods will usually advertise there. You can find a lot of items quickly if you go to the neighborhood sales, versus sales scattered around town.

2) Go to sales in the affluent parts of town. First, they will have better items. Second, you have no idea of a person’s financial situation and they may be having a garage sale to pay bills.

3) Go early. Most garage sales will start at 8 AM. Arrive early to get the best selection. The earlier in the day you start the better chance you have of finding “good” stuff.

4) Take plenty of cash. You don’t want to have to take valuable time convincing the seller to take your check. Most people have a garage sale for one reason – to make money. They don’t want checks – they want cold, hard, cash.

5) Be prepared. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Take bottled water. Keep snacks in the car. Bring your cell phone in case you find something you are unsure about, you can call your spouse or a friend for their opinion.

6) Don’t be afraid to bargain or make offers. People have garage sales to get rid of stuff. They don’t want to have to haul it all back in the house at the end of the day. Make reasonable offers and be fair.

7) Use the “cash in hand” technique. I do this all the time. Say for example I find something for $20, and think it is overpriced. I inconspicuously take a $10 bill out of my pocket and walk up to the seller. Then, with the bill in plain view, I say, “Hi, I am interested in that item over there. I only have $10 left, would you take that?” Seeing the cash, the seller usually takes it. The idea is to be reasonable. The later in the day that you use this technique, the better it works.

I have some interesting stories about garage sales. I went to a huge neighborhood sale in my community last fall. The woman had all kinds of men’s items – really nice clothing, shoes, golf equipment, sporting goods, and “guy stuff.” I found a really nice pair of Justin lizard skin boots, barely worn, for $5. (These boots retail for about $300.) That was an amazing find. So, I went to pay for the item, and the woman started telling me how she and her husband had a fight and he left town on a hunting trip for a week. She was having a garage sale and getting rid of all his stuff that she didn’t like. I asked, “He isn’t going to track me down and get me, is he?” She just laughed, and said, “Probably not. I might sell his car, too.” Those boots ended up selling for $98 and were shipped to Germany. You might be wondering what to look for at garage sales.

Here are some examples of what I have found, and how much the items sold for on eBay.

1) George Forman grill new in box , $5, sold for $30

2) Hooked on Phonics set, excellent used condition, $5, sold for $68

3) Mary Kay cosmetics, various items new in boxes, paid $1 each, sold for about $10 each (the lady was a Mary Kay rep getting rid of inventory)

4) Oscar de la Renta wool blazer new with tag, $5, sold for $52

5) Wagner wallpaper remover steamer new in box, $5, sold for $25

6) Dr. Martens shoes, gently worn, $3, sold for $47

7) Pampered Chef apple corer/peeler, used with box, $5, sold for $20

8) Men’s Nike Shox shoes, gently worn, $3, sold for $46

9) Yankee 20 oz jar candle, barely used (was lit once and the person didn’t like the scent), $1, sold for $12

10) Lexmark printer ink cartridge, new in box, $1, sold for $16 Look for items new in the package or new in the box. Look for gently used designer apparel and shoes.