Speedy Shipping For Holiday Shopping?
Last December, I was so far ahead of schedule in my holiday shopping that I could devote a blog post to chronicling how many online holiday purchases had already arrived by Dec. 12. This year? Let's just say that I hate people like last year's me!
My family has already decided to ease up on the gift giving this year, on account of the economy. But then I also somehow forgot everything I'd learned over the past 10 years or so of online holiday shopping; I let almost all of the first half of December slide before tackling the job. That led me to shift some of my purchases to local stores to eliminate any "will it get there in time?" worries; fortunately, coupons and sale prices eliminated much of the price gap that often exists between online and land-based retail. (If only my neighborhood still had a cool, locally owned bookstore... sigh.)
So this post comes a week later in the month than last year's, and it doesn't include nearly as many retailers. In fact -- this I find very hard to believe -- I've only shopped at two online stores.
First, I bought two items at a CafePress.com storefront on Dec. 13. The site predicted that its "Economy" shipping option wouldn't get my purchase to my home before we would have left town for the holidays, so I spent another $2 or so on "Standard" shipping, with delivery estimated anywhere from today to Wednesday the 24th (so even with this, I felt like I was taking a risk). In fact, the order shipped the next day and landed on my front porch late in the afternoon on the 16th.
My other order went to Amazon on the 15th; here, I opted for the free "Super Saver Shipping" but had the order sent to my mom's house, where we're spending Christmas this year. The confirmation e-mail said these items would ship out on the 18th -- but the package began its journey on the 15th and arrived by the 18th.
(From the tracking page, I can see that my order only had to travel some 27 miles from a facility in Jersey City, N.J.; in that sense, you could say this order still took its time to show up.)
So maybe I wasn't so misguided to leave my online shopping shopping for the last two weeks. Then again, I'm not exactly the fastest person in the world when it comes to wrapping presents...
How has your online shopping gone so far this year? Are retailers under performing or exceeding your expectations in their deliveries?
December 19, 2008; 12:12 PM ET
Categories: The Web , The business we have chosen
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