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Why You’re Better Off Getting Your Holiday Shopping Done Early

The sooner, the better.

There are two types of holiday shoppers: the early birds and the crammers—there is no in-between. If you happen to be the latter, you know how big of a pain it can be to run around a crowded mall, only to find that most of the items you've been eyeing are already sold out. You also have to pay full price for most of them because most of the pre-Christmas sales have ended. Every year, you tell yourself that you’re going to change, but every year, you find yourself in the same situation.

If you haven't cured yourself of your serial crammer disease and don’t have the time or energy to start shopping early, then you may want to consider shopping for your gifts online. Here are the ways online shopping can help save you.

1. You can do it from any place at any given time.

Whether you're at home in your PJs or in the office during a slow day at work, all you really need is your phone or laptop, a stable WiFi connection (of course), and a credit card.

2. Online sales happen pretty often.

It’s as if online stores never really stop going on sale, but hey, we’re not complaining! You might want to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales happening on November 24 and November 27, respectively.

3. You have immediate access to the store's complete catalog.

Rather than going through a million racks of clothing or checking with the salesclerk to see if other branches have stock of a particular item, why not just use the handy-dandy search bar? Just type whatever it is you're looking for, and voila! A filtered stream of everything that falls under your search tag. And if something's sold out, at least your time was not wasted. 

4. Online stores usually have some form of exclusive rewards, freebies, or extra services.

You’re more likely to get freebies and points if you buy online, versus if you buy the same products in-store. Some online boutiques even offer gift wrapping services, which can make things a lot easier for you.

5. You can get items that aren’t available locally.

That, or you can get them at a fraction of the cost. Nothing beats the feeling of getting someone you love something special for a bargain.

If you feel a bit anxious about online shopping, you might want to try using Shipping Cart: It's a delivery service that offers shipping from the U.S. to the Philippines at affordable prices. It's easy to use, and they offer extra services like express shipping, repacking, and consolidating, so you can get your package quickly and in one piece. If you need a little more help, you can check out their online shopping guide and magazine called Ship Your Finds.

Ship your finds directly to your doorstep via shippingcart.com.

This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with Shipping Cart.

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