Shop online, pick up at local store

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
January 23, 2009 12:15pm CST
Have you ever done this? I did for the first time and it seems to be a pretty good way to do it. I needed Ink cartridge for my printer. I shopped the stores online for pricing to go get it at the lowest. Well, I am a member of My Points and for some odd reason, I went through them to find the stores. Long story short... I found Circuit City had the cheapes price by $2 and I ordered it there thinking it'd be shipped to me as over $24 is free shipping. I then realized that is why I went via MyPoints as I was going to get points for shopping through them...to add to my already large balance. So I did the transaction. I used the special PayPal account i have for online shopping ONLY and then noticed it was a "pick up at store" option! No prob! There is one right near me, not even out of the way so..... my online shopping gave me - the ink cartrdige I needed, saved me $2 for price shopping, saved me gas from shopping store to store for price, got me the ink cart within 24 minutes (if I wanted it that soon) and gave me 151 points to my MyPoints account to redeem for cash or gift card! So, although I won't buy clothes online, I am going to start thinking more of shoipping on line for other things like ink carts and save money and make money! Do you have any "good ideas" like this to save money all around by shopping online?
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@my52cents (569)
• United States
23 Jan 09
Great deal, coffeebreak! I have used Site to Store from walmart.com and love it. The Walmart website actually has a lot of items on there that are not available in the store, but you can order and have them delivered free to the store of your choice. My daughter-in-law asked for a particular item for Christmas, even sent a link from the walmart website for the item(it was a Rubbermaid food storage product), which was not available in stores. There was plenty of time before Christmas, so I had it delivered to the store. It was quick and easy to pick it up, worked out very well, and I will do that again I'm sure. As for ink cartridges, I recently ordered them from Sam's Club online and the shipping to the house was free, so I got a good price there and didn't have to drive 30 minutes to Sam's. I think retailers are being very creative in making shopping easier for everyone in order to gain business. Those who do that should have a leg up on the competition. Unfortunately for you, though, Circuit City is closing all of its stores (last I heard), so you'd better order plenty of ink while you can!
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
23 Jan 09
You know me, my52cents - once I finally figure it out...it is usually on its own way out!
• United States
23 Jan 09
I guess Circuit City figured it out too late, too. I'm sure you'll find another good alternative, maybe better. And there's always that free shipping. It's certainly doubtful the post office is going away anytime soon!
• India
24 Jan 09
actually if you talk about me i always shop from local stores that actually present in the market. In india mostly people want to buy the things only when thay feel the product from their hand. only than they go for the product purchase after full satisfacion.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
24 Jan 09
I"m alot like that too. I want to actually see what I am buying and inspect it and all. But in this ink case.. I've bought them so much, there is nothig to check out and I always use the name brand of myprinter, just to make sure I don't have problems nad have to buy a new printer. I have had problems with refills and since I don't use but 1 color and 2 blacka nd white carts a year, the little extra is worth the lack of hassle. But clothes and things like that - no, I have to try them on. Only other time I might buy somthing online like that is if I see it in a store, check it out and then while waiting for it to go on sale, I find it on sale at an online store. I did that with my DVD camcorder - from Sony - shopped the stores and found the one I wanted and then bought it from Sony itself for $55 cheaper and free shipping!
@sacmom (14316)
• United States
24 Jan 09
I've only done this once before, so far. My husband and I had wanted to buy a shop vac and decided to get one through Lowes.com. As they had offered the pick up at local store thing, we figured we could go pick it up at one of the stores near a restaurant we go to seeing as we didn't want to make a trip out just for that one item. I'll admit, we didn't know what we were supposed to do when we got there so we went to get the shop vac ourselves and continued to one of the checkouts with our printed receipt in my hand. I showed it to the cashier and she was just as lost about the whole thing as we were. She figured we were good to go so my husband, kids, and I proceeded to head out the exit with our purchase. But one of the employees stopped me and asked to see my receipt. When I showed it to him he told me I was supposed to go to the customer service area with the receipt (by this point my husband took the kids to the car). But when I got there they didn't know what to do either and it took a lot longer than expected. Apparently it had been a relatively new procedure at Lowe's, so they were all clueless. After what seemed like forever they finally figured it out I was able to take my vacuum and go home. Boy what a hassle! I promised myself and my husband we would never do that again. If we want to buy something we'll either buy it at the store itself or have it shipped and hang the expense for shipping.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Wow, sorry to hear that. I'd just not shop at Lowes anymore or call ahead and ask the store how it works so they have a heads up when I got there. Ask for the manager and take names so you talk to the same person there as you did on the phone and always a manager. I did call the Circuit City that I was picking it up at as CC is going out of business and I was calling to see if they were still open before I placed the order. At that time I asked where I go to get the item and they said customer service. It was in and out in minutes. IN this case, it wasn't a big deal on the shipping as the store is right across the street from my allergy doctor so it wouldn't have been an extra trip, but I got the points at My Points and those add up really fast for free money at the store of my choice!
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@cocozhi (80)
• China
24 Jan 09
That sounds very good . i Remember i just shop online ,and wait sonmeday ,the store on line will sends the thing to my home ,if the thing can not let me satisfy ,i have to sends the thing to store ,there is a very far distance between the store and my home ,so it is very troublesome . If Shop online, pick up at local store ,can avoids that kind of trouble ,very convenient .
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@roberten (3131)
• United States
24 Jan 09
coffeebreak, you got it! So many people don't. This is how I make ends meet on my limited income. As you know, I have a trifold income system of support: reduced military retirement pension; part-time regular job; and i, ndependent contracting/marketing of which a small portion is done online. What I do to make my income go father is leveraging all my programs such as you described above. To answer your question, yes, I have shopped online and picked up at the store. I like the way Circuit City does, pick up in 24 minutes or you get a gift card for $24 verses what placing order through Walmart warehouse and having item shipped to pickup point of your choice which takes upto 10-14 business days. I am an affiliate with sfi and am asked to make my online purchases through their portal, MaxMalls (I am not required to purchase anything), so I get a giftcard from Mypoints and redeem it via MaxMalls, etc. I leverage one site against another so I do not have to spend money I do not have on a program in order to earn more money. I can get very detailed, not appropriate to go into details here, but it really is lucrative is done carefully. You are a smart cookie, coffeebreak, a lot of people do not get so analytical when it comes to earning online. You are an old pro! LOL
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Thanks for the compliment.. However it all stems from raising 2 kids and a husband on a limited budget. (e was in construction so unemploed alot) but just figuring things like this out just to make ends meet was where I learne dit from. Now, I do it to save for retirement as I was never fortunate enough to work for a company that had anything like a 401k or the like. ANyway, yeah, play the stores against each other - long as you play by their rules, you can make it all work for you. Just figure it out once and you got it made! Sounds like you are doing well in that respect too! GOod luck and keep on playing!!!
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Where can you redeem mypoints? I know that circuit city is going out of business. It's not just for that store is it?
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
24 Jan 09
CIrcuit City is going out of business - filed BK last year. As far as My Points - there are a TON of stores you can redeem your points for. I dont do alot of shopping at many of them simply cause I seldom have the money to shop, but I do redeem them for a Target Gift card and Amazon.com gift card - but they probably have most any major store you can think of. Pretty much there are as many stores to redeem them at as there are to buy from! Kind of works really well!
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I know Walmart offers this. But I haven't used this feature yet. Sounds convenient, should try it. It would certainly be quicker than sending my hubby for the items.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I"m going to try to utilize it more.. I don't shop much, but on specific things like this...I am going to try to do this way first!
@Reesers (1387)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I've done the same thing! I'm also a member of My Points and have made several purchases where I buy it online and then pick it up, especially with Circuit City. Not only did it save on shipping but I was in and out, which is great if you're busy and have other things to do. And I got points on top of that. I have also used the same option with Best Buy and Linens & Things before they went out of business. Linens wasn't as organized as the other two but I'm just glad I got the points. It would be great if more stores offered that option.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
23 Jan 09
My POints have alot of stores, but I don't shop that much! But now that I have finally put 2 and 2 together, what I do need to shop for, I will first look through My Points!
• United States
23 Jan 09
We shop online for almost everything we can, lol. I too am a member of mypoints and love them. I've earned several large gift cards over the years. The only time we have ever bought online and picked things up in the store was through Circuit City and Sears. It was very time saving for us and we enjoyed the "no-hassle" ease. I do buy clothes, personal items, and many other things online and it is so much better than fighting the crowds at the stores.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I dont' like the crowds either, but more than that... I cant' stand that the stores don't open appropriate number of check out registers. 25 people in line, 25 available registers, but only 2 open. And of course every one has a problem where price was not marked correctly or something where they needs a price check or something... and still 25 people in line and 2 registers... I have often just set my stuff down and walked out. Yes, I to will start online shopping more often now! I did magazine subscriptions this year for my kids via MyPoints - one year subscription (12 issues) to their fav magazine for $10 and 250 MyPoints points!
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• Brazil
24 Jan 09
Hello, I shop online a lot. I used to buy stuff on ebay all the time because it was so cheap, but some sellers go over thetop with their shipping fees so I stoped buying on e-bay, i figured if I have to pay basically the same price I would pay at a store just for the shipping then I might as well go to the store and buy it. Now I calculate very carefully which one is a better deal considering the shipping price. But on your case I think you got a great deal.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
25 Jan 09
I used to sell kids books and clothes on ebay but the fees got so high I couldn't afford them! I don't buy on ebay anymore. Got to many things that just weren''t wwhat they said they were or just not 100% happy with. And yeah, I hated the high shiipping fees to. I refused to even buy from a seller that jacked up their shipping fees. I mean, an item I know is very light weight and the shipping is $9.. sorry, I know they arejust doing that to avoid paying the ebay fees, but if htey are going to cheat ebay, what's to make me not think they will cheat me? So I just stopped. Shopping online - you either pay state tax to buy at the store or shipping fees to buy on line - even exchange but sometimes, you can find bargains both ways. We'll all just keep our eyes open!
@fasttalker (2798)
• United States
23 Jan 09
Great! I shop Wal Mart online this way a lot. They have the site to store option that saves you the shipping and they also have special online only deals that you can order and have delivered to the closest one to you. Saves a lot of time and money for me. I love using this option.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
23 Jan 09
Sounds great. My problem with doing it at Walmart or Target type stores is that I dont' get to see the clearance racks! I get so much off the clearance racks, especially after holidays.. I hate to miss those. I have a new grand daughter comig in APril and with these recent store sales at Christmas time, for about $100 I have that little girl completely clothed for the first year of her life!!! And I am serious! And all from Target, Carters, Walmart, Mervyns and Gymboree! But if it is certain things and they do have "online only" sales too...saving money is what it is all about! Good going!