Five Online Holiday Shopping Don’ts

by | November 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM | Shopping

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For every ‘do’ there is a ‘don’t.’ This list of five holiday shopping avoidances will help you get the best gifts at the best prices for everyone on your list.

Don’t add a gift to your shopping cart on a whim. If you find the perfect gift for that special someone, don’t let your finger go click crazy. Bookmark it, write it down, email it to yourself or add it to your Pinterest board so you can easily reference the item and dollar amount while shopping around for the best price.

Don’t be impersonal. There is nothing worse than getting athletic socks or generic gift card from someone who knows you very well. When your mother said, “It’s the thought that counts” maybe she was really saying, “Put some thought into it.” The Today Show has made your job easy by rounding up some of the most unique and affordable gifts for kids, parents, foodies, fashionistas, pet lovers and hard-to-shop-for people on your list.

Don’t use your debit card. While shopping from the comfort of your home is convenient, it can also be dangerous. By following a few simple rules for safe online shopping, recommended by Jay Opperman, Executive Director of Security and Privacy for Comcast Cable, like never using a debit card to make online purchases and creating a new email account for online purchases, you can help protect yourself against cyber criminals who make a living stealing personal information.

Don’t think free shipping is out of the question. A holiday consumer spending survey conducted by the National Retail Federation found that nine out of 10 retailers plan to offer some form of free shipping for online shoppers this holiday season, according to a Shop.org press release.

FreeShipping.org takes the guess work out of figuring out which of your favorite stores will mail your gifts for at no additional price with an alphabetical list of participating stores and their offers, discounts and coupon codes.

Don’t worry if you don’t find the perfect deal on Cyber Monday. If you or someone you know plans on asking Santa for a laptop, camera or a new bike, it might actually be better to wait until after the holidays to score the best deal on those items. Kiplinger.com reveals why it’s better to purchase six specific gifts before or after the holidays for the lowest price.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the season’s hottest holiday shopping trends every gift-giver should know!

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.