One for Me, One for You

Written by Lotus on Sunday, 25 of November , 2007 at 9:19 pm

Today’s lazy Sunday was brought to you by three NFL games, a Godfather II and Sopranos marathon on A&E and pre-Cyber Monday deals.  The (financial) downside of the seductive holiday deals is that people often overspend on gifts for themselves.  I’m certainly guilty.  I often justify over-shopping by telling myself that I’ll buy two of something in case there’s someone I’m forgetting.  Right… 

Anyway, here are a few of the online stores that are taking my money this Christmas:

Target — Free shipping on a lot of items, but like Amazon.com and Overstock.com, one order may come in several shipments, so be sure the delivery date for all of them is before December 25.

Perpetual Kid — Love this site!  It’s great for stocking stuffers.  I guarantee you’ll have a unique gift.  After all, who else sells tattoos for the elderly and edible candy cane-flavored shot glasses?

Overstock.com — Ok, I was disappointed with several of my purchases, so use Overstock with caution.  A lot of my friends are big fans though, so I thought I’d include it in this list anyway.    All you ever hear on the-website-that-must-not-be-named is “Free shipping on returns.”  I tried to return something today and they actually do charge you for shipping if they deem your reason for returning the item as unworthy.  By the way, the reason I’m returning said item is because the photo was misleading, i.e. item was labeled as a non-stick pan and photographed from the top. It’s actually a non-stick bowl.  So, Website-That-Must-Not-Be-Named, feel the wrath of my strikethrough!

Old Navy — Bigger selection, less tweeners than the brick and morter shows.  I love their flat $5 shipping.

Macy’s — My coworkers can attest to the fact that I have a Macys.com addiction as they’ve signed for many packages.  They often have a bigger selection of brands than the Macy’s that’s less than one mile from house.  In fact, returns are so easy that I usually return by mail instead of going to the brick and morter store.  I’m all about minimizing human interaction.

Amazon — No explanation needed.  We both know you’re going to give them more money.

Uncommon Goods — This site is one of my worst “one for me, one for you” indulgences.  See Illusion Wine Glasses.  Another favorite is the Global Warming Mug — I love giving this to my Exxon Mobil fat cat friends.

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