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Spend Your Money Online: 15 Great Shopping Sites

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Online shopping is something many people enjoy immensely, since you don't have to get dressed up and get out of the house, and you can do it at 3 AM if you want to. Plus, there are some amazing sales, bargains, and discounts that you can take advantage of on the Web from your favorite brick and mortar stores as well as stores that exist solely on the Internet. There are many kinds of shopping portals that offer different experiences; this article will touch on just a few of the most popular.

  • Google Shopping. Google's shopping engine is a great resource. Just type in anything you are trying to find, and it will bring up a whole plethora of search results, complete with price comparisons.
  • Bizrate.com. Bizrate.com bills itself as the "world's best shopping engine". They have a huge index of search results to choose from (over 30 million product offers from more than 40,000 stores).
  • MySimon.com. MySimon.com, the winner of "Forbes Favorite" and "Best Internet Shopping Service" Eppy awards, is a prime Net shopping engine.
  • Yahoo Shopping. Yahoo's shopping page is simply laid out and easy to use. A nice feature is the "Top Searches" on the top of the page.
  • Amazon.com. With millions of offerings to choose from, Amazon has evolved from a small bookstore to a mammoth Internet presence.
  • Overstock.com. Ever wondered what stores do with the stuff they over-order? Well, check Overstock.com and find out.
  • Pricerunner.com. Pricerunner is Europe's leading comparison shopping site. You can search by product or by product number/model name.
  • Shop.com not only allows you to search for thousands upon thousands of different products, but they have an outlet store full of discounted products and bargains galore. For this cheapskate, this feature alone merited a bookmark.
  • Shop from more than 25 million products from over 45,000 stores at Shopzilla. Navigate to the bottom of the home page to see their shipping widget; just enter in your zip code and from then on out your shipping will be automatically calculated should you choose to purchase anything.
  • PriceGrabber is a excellent choice for anyone who wants to find something quickly with a minimum of fuss. Pricegrabber's simple layout and fast delivery of results makes it very easy to find, compare, and buy.
  • Not only can you compare prices for any product you're looking for at NexTag, but you can also compare mortgages, travel, cars and more.
  • Originally started to supplement a Pez collection, eBay has grown into the world's largest online auction site. You can find pretty much anything here, or you can become an eBay seller, which can be a nice source of additional income (plus you can get rid of a lot of extra junk).
  • uBid.com has an immense product list. It might be a good idea to go through the uBid Tutorial in order to get the most out of this large auction site.
  • Half.com is owned by eBay, and you can find some great deals on books, music, CD's, and movies, video games, and textbooks here. The best place to go at Half.com is the Bargain Bins.
  • Go shopping and help somebody at the same time by bidding on items sold at GoodWill.com. The product listings are straightforward and cover a lot of eclectic ground,plus, you're helping a good cause every time you buy something here.

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