i have to say that I agree with RV in this regard. I do buy some stuff online, but the vast majority of what I buy is in a bricks-and-mortar store.I sometimes buy things on eBay, shop at LL Bean, and buy things on Amazon, but generally speaking, only LL Bean has free shipping all the time. I can find some items that include shipping on eBay, and I can sometimes get free shipping on Amazon if I spend over $25 and I am buying directly from Amazon and not one of the merchants who charge separately for shipping.As far as Christmas gifts, my preference is definitely bricks-and-mortar where returns are a whole lot easier, and I don't have to pay shipping to return something.I realize that some folks just love online shopping and get everything that way, but there are a lot of us who don't find that to be our first preference. I also generally enjoy shopping and browsing, and DD and I can kill an easy afternoon browsing around at the mall without ever buying anything simply because we enjoy it and enjoy doing it together.For some people, shopping is a chore, and I'm not one of those.I think there is room for both methods, and don't think one is necessarily better than another in all cases. Different strokes for different folks and all that.But given a choice, I much prefer actually leaving the house to do my shopping.
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