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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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