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eTailing for online bargains

By ninemsn staff
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Air date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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More and more Australians are allowing their fingers to do the shopping at online stores.

It's called "eTailing", and savvy shoppers are saving hundreds on the latest products by going online.

One site that's new to the game is Big Brown Box – an online electronics and gadgets store that offers all the big brands as well as free delivery.

"One of the aspects that makes us very different from some of the other online websites is the fact that we do some very, very large brands," Peter Krideras from Big Brown Box says.

Catch Of The Day is another to store to take off online, offering members great bargains 24 hours a day, seven days a week on anything from toys to books, clothing and appliances.

"Business is great right now, we are actually receiving more and more unbelievable products from our suppliers and our offers are becoming better and better," Catch of the Day director Gabby Leibovich says.

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But with the influx of online stores, there's also a new breed of rip-off merchants, and Effie Zahos from Money magazine has some tips and strategies to get the best deal:

  • Use comparison sites — "Comparison sites will basically tell you the price of the product. The highest one that's out there to the lowest one and then you know exactly where to shop."

  • Check that the site is legitimate and secure — "The first thing I always look for is a phone number and an address. If I can't find a phone number, well they're warning bells because what if things go wrong?"

  • Beware of add-on costs — "When you come to the checkout what are you paying then?"

  • Look at the return policy — "Do you have the right to return the item, even if you don't like it? Is there postage and handling applicable if you are going to return the item?"

    And remember, as the competition heats up, so do the deals.

    STORY CONTACTS:

    BIG BROWN BOX

    www.bigbrownbox.com.au

    Beurer Heart Rate Monitor Watch RRP $99 — Offer Price $49

    LG Home Theatre System RRP $799 — Offer Price $499

    Acer NoteBook RRP $1299 — Offer Price $899

    Mitsubishi 385L Fridge - RRP $1200 — Offer Price $779

    Sony 40 inch Full HD LCD RRP $2599 — Offer Price $1899

    + FREE DELIVERY

    CATCH OF THE DAY

    www.catchoftheday.com.au

    Max Factor Cosmetics Megabox, 5 Max Factor Products for $9.95
    Expect to pay: $75 - $140 for ten pieces or $15 - $20 a piece.

    Rex Watson Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Award Winning Wine - $49.80/Dozen
    Expect to pay: $240/dozen or $20/bottle

    225TC Ex Department Store Manchester, Assorted Range, $5.95 each.
    Expect to pay: $25 - $35

    Acer Aspire One Windows XP Notebook, $389 after Cashback.
    Expect to pay: $599 - $699.

    Other sites:

    www.myshopping.com.au

    www.shopferret.com.au

    www.shopping.com

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