While many still enjoy the experience of going out to the malls and brick and mortar stores, the digital age has changed shopping forever for millions of people. For those that don’t care for the long lines, the crazy crowds, and roaming parking lots for a half hour just to find a spot a mile from the stores, the idea of completing all of their Christmas shopping online is pure bliss.
Gourmet Paleo Cookies
Of course often you can find many of these same producers on their own websites. Due to the mechanics of search engine rankings, it’s often difficult for these smaller sites to rank with the Amazon’s and Etsy’s of the world. But if you look, you can find them. And if you enjoy directly supporting smaller businesses, you can buy directly from them. This way they avoid the commissions normally paid to the bigger sites.
The paleo cookies we mentioned earlier in the article are a perfect example. Gourmet-Paleo.com sells their paleo chocolate chip cookies through Amazon, but they also have their own small website where they sell their their products. Either way you pay the same price, but ordering direct means more money for the small business. You can find some of the best chocolate chip cookies here.
And sometimes, just sometimes, you can’t find what you’re looking for on any of the big shopping sites. Or maybe there is some sort of difficulty with shipping. In these rare cases, you might actually be forced to venture out into the jungle of the mall during the Holiday Season. If this happens to you, you have our condolences. For us, it’s online, or nothing at all.
The Biggest Retailer
While the biggest retailers in the world used to be Sears, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and even Walmart, for those looking to shop from the comfort and tranquility of their living rooms, Amazon.com is the king of them all. With more items than Walmart, Amazon carries just about everything you could ever need. From books and movies to food items such as paleo cookies, they literally have everything you could possibly want.
Amazon also features thousands of small privately owned shops hosted on their enormous e-commerce platform. Say for instance that you’re looking for blue elephant pillows as a gift for your daughters dorm room. You’ll find those on Amazon sold by a third party. The ordering process is seamless. As far as you know, you’re ordering from Amazon themselves, but you’re actually supporting a small business somewhere.
Speaking of home decor, another great site that has made a niche for itself in the handmade craft market is Etsy.com. Here you can find anything from handmade decor to jewelry and even some food items. The aforementioned handmade elephant pillows are something you can find on Etsy too. And while sellers must pay a commission to whichever site they use, it’s often worth the time to compare as commission rates vary as well as the prices themselves.