Possibly the first in a series of “Top 5″ posts. This one is about my top 5 rated online stores. These are sites I’ve found useful or regularly visit to purchase items (usually electronics).
- www.digitalrev.com - DigitalRev is an online store selling photographic equipment. I buy most of my camera equipment there – they sell cameras, lenses, filters and accessories both at their online store, and also via eBay. I’ve found the eBay store is usually cheaper, but doesn’t always have the items I want. Packing, shipping, price and service are all top notch (though repairs can take a while compared to a local store), and they actually have a couple of points of presence in Hong Kong I’d love to visit.
- www.betterworld.com – Better World Books is another online store, selling… you guessed it – books! They collect and sell both new and used books, with part of the money used to fund literacy incentives worldwide. The price and range is a million times better than even the biggest book shops here in Brisbane, and you can use coupons to save even more! Not only do I love a bargain, but it’s good to know that it’s also contributing to a good cause (they also offer carbon-neutral shipping for 10 cents!).
- www.ozbargain.com.au – Not strictly an “online store”, OzBargain is an online community where users post up great deals and coupons in Australia. Great for pizza vouchers and electronics amongst other things
- www.ebay.com.au – Yes, that’s right, eBay! I find eBay quite useful for purchasing items, just make sure you check the seller’s rating and feedback before making the decision to purchase. Use Paypal for added buyer protection.
- www.catchoftheday.com.au – This website offers a new deal at 12pm each day. The items are usually quite crappy, useless things but occasionally a great bargain will pop up when manufacturers are trying to clear stock.
Other worthwhile shopping-related websites that didn’t make it into the top 5…