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5 things you should buy online instead of at the store

5 things you should buy online instead of at the store

Quick, convenient, affordable - buying things online is becoming more popular by the day. In fact, it's giving a lot of brick-and-mortar businesses a run for their money. 

With paid online surveys, the points you earn can be converted straight into cash using PayPal, which is accepted at nearly any online marketplace, or you can have them converted to gift cards for some of the biggest online shopping places around.

Not everyone is used to shopping online regularly yet, but now is the perfect time to start. If you want to start purchasing some items via the Web, here are a few products you should start with.

1. Laptops and other electronics
Shopping for your electronics online is the easiest way to find bargain prices. It saves the time you would spend traveling from department store to department store, and the prices are often cheaper online anyway.

According to U.S. News & World Report, electronic retailers like Best Buy will offer price-match policies that allow customers to buy items at the lower prices they find at other stores. However, the company does not include prices that can be found online. That's probably because those same items can be found for such low prices via the Web.

2. Books
Every college student across the country knows that the campus book advertises some nightmarish prices from time to time. For that reason, they go online to find textbook rental companies and second-hand book deals. You can use the same method for all of your other book needs, too. 

3. Movies, music and media
if you're still buying CDs or DVDs at a store, it's time to change that. Nearly anything you can find at the mall can be purchased with a few clicks on the Web. Picking and choosing songs and finding movies and TV shows is a breeze.

What's more, the points you earn on Opinion Outpost exchanged for an iTunes* Gift Card. That's one of the easiest ways to add to your media library, and it can all be done from the comfort of your home.

4. Home Appliances
You might be surprised by how many big retail chains have their own online marketplaces. Even better, those tools often have better deals than you can find at the stores. Sears, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart - they all have websites where you may find appliances for cheaper prices. Just make sure the cost of shipping doesn't exceed your savings.

5. Gifts for your friends
Instead of buying an item, packaging it yourself and shipping it off to a friend far away, find that gift online and set the destination of delivery to their address. It's the perfect way to streamline those generous deeds and turn birthday or holiday gift-giving into a breeze. You can even request the item be delivered with a message while using some online marketplaces.

*iTunes® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Apple is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion.

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