Emerging Technology

Online vs store shopping: Which is cheaper?

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The prevailing view seems to be that online shopping is usually the most cost effective way to shop, but is it supported by the facts? Consumer advocate Choice has got together a bundle of 10 products and compared their online and bricks-and-mortar prices.

Product

Average online ($)

Average store ($)

Sony PSP PlayStation portable

291.39

281.65

Microsoft VX-6000 LifeCam

131.37

149.30

Canon Powershot A710 IS

422.77

492.00

Trivial Pursuit Genus VI

87.64

77.82

New release DVD: Pan’s Labyrinth

36.07

33.61

Scanpan Classic Fry Pan (32 cm)

119.00

166.23

Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream — Dry Skin 50 ml

97.18

105.00

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial Non Vintage 750 mL

94.30

81.39

Simple Essentials: Chicken by Donna Hay

30.60

24.16

iPod Nano 4GB

279.95

281.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lesson from Choice’s comparison appears to be that shopping online can deliver savings – but only on particular products. You still need to compare prices and shop around to know if you’re getting a good deal – and don’t forget to add postage or delivery costs to online shopping prices.

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