I have been shopping online with 5 online discount stores (zazz, soldsmart, catchoftheday, oo.com, dealsdirect) here in Australia, and while some stores are better than others. They all have prices which are ususally higher than the same new products to be found on Ebay.
My advice is to always do a quick search on Ebay for any product you are considering buying, check the sellers reputation, and then decide whether to buy from an online discount store. Occassionally these stores offer free shipping, and that is when you want to jump in and buy the heavy or bulky products, but generally speaking, I find prices on Ebay are better. I just need to remember to check Ebay when I get an email alert with a price leader announcement.
The big advantage of Ebay is the competitiveness between sellers and the transparency of their reputations. Also you may find a used product in good condition which is a REAL bargain.
Discount stores sales aren't always great bargains!
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12 February 2009
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