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One of the Most Favorite Hobbies of People Everywhere

If you do a survey to create a list of the most popular hobbies of people in the United States of America, then shopping would definitely be somewhere at the top of the list. It is surprising to learn that people see shopping as a hobby more than something which is done out of necessity.

However, it is not just in USA that people are passionate about shopping. Shopping is a hobby which transcends country barriers. As long as there are human beings with enough money in a country and as long as there are places to shop around in that country, you would find people spending money on shopping. This very fact led to the rise of big shopping malls all over the world. The number of shopping malls is way too high in USA. As a matter of fact, if you are thinking of owning a shopping mall in USA, it is definitely not a bad business idea and is well worth the investment.

Shopping is not popular just in the real world. It is a huge success even in the virtual world called the internet. A bunch of shrewd businessmen, who saw internet as a highly profitable medium, didn’t take long to set up shops online so that shopping enthusiasts can keep doing their shopping from the comforts of their home. With the internet, shoppers found a simpler way to nurse their passion and the owners of those online shops started making great money.

Internet shopping is not just restricted to big guns like Amazon and eBay even though these two are simply ruling this industry online. There are hundreds of other shopping websites who are doing great business with their shopping sites in their own way. E-commerce is really catching up and it has become easier than ever to create a shopping website today.

Big shopping websites like Amazon feature products from many different categories and sub-categories. Large shopping sites like Amazon and eBay have nearly 20 main categories and hundreds of sub-categories inside them. These sites handle home delivery of products to different countries.

There are niche-specific shopping websites which feature products from a particular category. Such medium-sized or small shopping sites don’t ship products to different countries. They only handle shipping to 1 or 2 countries of their choice.

New kind of shopping sites called penny auction shopping sites have come up and are becoming very popular with the online shopping community. With penny auctions, you have to place bids on products of your choice. When the auction period comes to a close and if your bid is the highest for a product, you get to buy the product. With penny auction sites, you bid only in small increments and the final price is usually much lower than the regular price that you have to pay for that product from a retail shopping site.

Shop – Who Cares If You Drop

As our society continues to grow exponentially, peoples’ wants are continuing to increase in just as large a quantity, if not larger. Our society has turned into one of sheer consumerism that is run mainly by the addictive habits and behaviors of many. An addiction can be anything; it can range from the common, of alcoholism and drug abuse to the unexpected, caffeine. Whatever it may be that people are addicted to, usually requires quite a bit of money. The combination of habitual behaviors that have become necessary in ones’ mind and the mass consumption to feed those behaviors is deadly.

As much as most of us hate to admit it, we all have vices. Unfortunately our society has come to a point where most things cost money. As once stated by Rakesh Nangia of The World Bank, “All good things cost money, and the costs are rising.” The ambiguous term “good” used by Nangia makes this statement all the more applicable. For someone who is addicted to something, they either like the way it makes them feel or the way it used to make them feel, thus it makes/made them feel “good.” With the growing emphasis on the “do what makes you feel right” outlook on life, the problem of addictions running the economy is growing larger and larger.

As once stated by Richard Corliss of Time Magazine, “Bigger is Better.” Corliss accurately grasped the growing emphasis that many are placing on purchases, among other things. As the “bigger is better” attitude continues to be underscored by many members of our society, people feel as if they must spend, spend, spend. The urge to buy more and more, just to keep up with other members of society, pushes the economy in a downward direction and pushes peoples’ psyches in that same downward direction. The two are parasitic of one another. Your psyche tells you that you need to buy everything, but you only feel that way because other members of society make you feel that way, just as they are forced to feel that way.

Many people feel as if they need something or as if they need to spend. Both of those fabricated needs force people into making rash decisions, which paired with the amount of money people spend makes for any situation to be negative. I propose that we all take a stand with one another to try and end most, if not all unhealthy addictive habits. It may seem like an impossibility, but with the right amount of effort and dedication it is entirely feasible. With the reduced amount of addictions in the world, our economy that has all but fallen to shambles over the past year can slowly repair itself. I have faith and if you do too, we can all do this together. We can all follow the example as stated by former president Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is a process. Working together is a success.”

Shopping for Used Textbooks

Does your daily routine involve reading a book? If it’s a yes, then you wouldn’t be surprised by how much you can save by buying used ones. Purchasing pre-loved books entails saving a lot of greens. The first green that comes to mind would be money. However, this practice of purchasing used textbooks entails saving a lot of green in favor of the environment.

Paper is a very expensive commodity nowadays, especially papers of high quality. As readers, we prefer purchasing those that are made from the highest quality paper as this adds flavor and liking to the reading experience. These are made from such materials are pricier than the ones printed on newsprint.

You can always enjoy books that are printed on quality paper at half the price by buying the used ones. It is easy to scout for used ones as they can be posted in popular online shops and bidding sites such as Amazon and eBay. When purchasing online, the shipping fee might be handled by the seller or the buyer. Rest assured, the shipping fee does not cost not that much.

If you don’t prefer buying used textbooks online, local bookstores would surely have an area dedicated for used books. Retailers are putting up stores that specialize in this since there is a high demand. Basically, market for this exists and finding the titles that you want wouldn’t be that difficult.

Sentimental values are always embedded in books and surely another person would take value in that. After reading, more often than not, it can be placed back into circulation. This cycle encourages reuse thereby allowing used printed works to be used by another person. If this continues, a lot of resources will be salvaged in the production of new ones.

The production of new books, as we all know, uses a lot of resources such as water and trees. Since there is an effort of be more earth-friendly by having green choices; the production may be lessened. If you would prefer used, this can significantly help the environment and encourage other individuals to employ the same practices. Simply put, green shopping is employed when buying second hand.

With all things considered, buying used pre-owned helps you, the seller, and the environment. The lesser books that are printed is translated to more trees not being cut down and less water being used. If you want to help the environment, shop green; shop for used textbooks!

New York City Shopping

If you are in New York City, then you are in true shopper’s paradise. In New York, you can find the latest fashion trends from around the globe and get to see the emerging styles as well. You will be totally mesmerized by the options available here. But with so much to choose from, how do you decide where to actually start from? Well, we are here to tell you just that.

If you are looking for everything under one roof, then you can start with New York departmental stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. Here you will find some well known brands offering everything latest in men’s, women’s and kid’s fashion. If you are new to New York City, shopping at these stores is a good idea. You can be sure to get some really good quality stuff here without being duped. And if you are lucky you might also end up getting some great discounts in one of their mega sales. Century 21, located near the World Trade Centre site, is also a good option if you are looking for some great bargains. It is quite a crowded place but new stocks keep arriving so you are sure to find some great stuff here.

For the trendiest window shopping and high end shopping experience try SoHo, it is here you will find the most fashionable clothes in latest fashion trends. It is one of the most happening shopping places in America. SoHo stores run from Broadway west to Sixth Avenue. All the well known brands like banana republic, A/X Armani Exchange and Sephora are present in Broadway. You will find some great collections in avant-garde as well. And if you are looking at trendy clothing but a little less expensive, you can go to H&M – a Swedish clothing giant which is immensely popular for its couture designs at a bargain price. It has 9 stores in Manhattan which are completely packed thanks to it being the most favorite shopping destination of tourists and locals alike.

Make sure to visit the Garment District or the Fashion centre in Manhattan. You will be awestruck by the amount of fashion present in just a square mile of area – ranging from all major New York showrooms to major fashion brands and wholesale dealers all present at the same place. Almost one third of America’s clothes are manufactured and designed here.

Anthropologie is another good option if you are looking for something unique. The designs present in this store are inspired by fashion trends around the globe from Europe to Middle East. And these designs are produced in limited stock with totally unquestionable quality.

Shopping and More Shopping

Clothing. Shoes. Shopping. These are some of the words most commonly spoken by women of all ages. Teen aged girls, young women, a little bit older women; all women love clothing. They love to shop. For everything.

Tops, skirts, pants, sweaters, dresses, shoes. jackets. Women love it all
They love to browse.
They love to buy.
They love to wear.

Women of all ages love looking for clothing. They can spend hours surfing the Internet from site to site. They can browse for hours, looking at all the different styles available, on each and every website that they find. They email their friends and family members links to pairs of shoes, to handbags, and to dresses asking “What do you think of this one?”, or “Should I order that one?”, Have you seen anyone wearing this?” etc.

Similarly, women and girls love shopping at the mall. Whenever they have a bit of spare time, they run to the mall. Sunday afternoons, Saturdays, and virtually any other afternoon, you can find throngs and throngs of women shopping at the mall. They shop from store to store for hours. Trying things on. Buying, Returning. Rethinking. Running back to the first store because they may have liked something else. They never get tired. They never get bored. They look for casual wear, evening wear, club wear, lounge wear. They love to shop for it all.

Girls and women love to just look around. They love to browse, and to see what is available. Checking out all of the latest styles. They love to try things on. It seems to be quite enjoyable for women to go shopping even when they know they will not be buying anything. For example, women love to shop for baby clothing, for little girls dresses, even if they have no children. They love to shop for Halloween costumes, when Halloween is still seven months away. They love to shop for pretty gowns, even if they have no upcoming occasions for which to wear a gown. They love to shop just to shop.

Another place women and girls love shopping is in their friends’ and in their sisters’ closets. They find it so much fun to go through someone else’s clothing. Trying things on, seeing what looks best on them. Squealing “Oh my gosh, I love this! Where did you get it?” And then of course running to the mall to buy it!

Women and girls also love looking through magazines to see the latest fashions in clothing. They love to check out which celebrities are wearing just what this season. They love to shop for the same casual wear, evening wear and clubwear as all of their favorite stars.

Shop Southern California at Home!

My nephews told me they were on the lookout for a great online surf shop.

“What’s the big deal?” I asked them. They told me that the best surf retailers are on the West Coast. I told them they needed to do some surfing online to find great deals and products, no matter where you live!

What Can You Find at an Online Surf Shop?

Surfing, skateboarding and inline skating disciplines have become almost synonymous, with devotees of these pastimes sporting the same, (if not, then very similar), clothing and accessories.

It’s an attitude that people who love these sports display.

Online surf shops provide a number of things, including surf and wake boards, protective clothing, surf and wakeboard gloves, skating and surfing equipment as well as apparel for those times when you aren’t on the water or your board.

Interestingly, protective clothing now includes such things as rash guards, originally designed to safeguard skin from surf and sand irritation. Today, a rash guard also protects against sun exposure, with many of these shirts providing an SPF of as much as 50.

Considering that typical sunscreen – that washes off in water or with perspiration – has an SPF of 30, rash guards are a great innovation!

In addition to long and short sleeve rash guard shirts, there are surf shorts made of the same rash guard protective fabrics. You can find both shirts and shorts available in adult mens and womens sizes, and there are also sizes specifically for children.

Accessories for surfing and skateboarding are available, too, with things like board fins, leashes, wax, board bags and racks for travel, books and dvds on improving your skills, and more. If you’re looking for a great board, you can find these at an online surf retailer as well.

Online Surf Shops Have Joined the 21st Century – They Ship Anything!

Something that used to be more cost prohibitive is shipping your chosen surf boards or accessories. Today, though, with the internet, many online surf shops have taken the step of offering free or reduced shipping costs.

Most online retailers now offer free shipping on purchases of more than $100 or $125, or a reduced shipping expense of say $5 or so for $50 orders. You’ll want to check the terms of each online store, but you may be pleasantly surprised.

This way, you can shop in comfort at home, find the best deals and have them shipped right to your door. And you aren’t penalized (have to spend more $$) if you buy online. With free shipping, you end up spending the exact same amount as if you walked in the door of the store!

I love shopping this way!

This allows even the smallest surf and skateboard specialty retailers to compete successfully in a global market.

Online Surf Shops Carry All the Major Brands, Plus More

You can find O’Neill, Lost, Hurley, Lost Enterprises, Billabong, Roxy, Dakine and more.

Plus, you may find some products carried by these online surf retailers that are brand new on the market.

This is because surf and skateboard enthusiasts often come up with innovations to make surfing or skating more safe, fun or practical. Perhaps there is a new stunt that someone has developed a tool or piece of equipment for.

This may be something as simple as a new type of wax that has been developed, or maybe some new type of skateboard wheels or surfboard shape.

The internet has allowed enthusiasts who have a touch of entrepreneur in them to create and market their new innovation. Many online surfing shops are delighted to carry these new products because that places them on the cutting edge of new technology in the sport.

Online Shops, Shops Online

If you own a website, you all love (or loathe) looking at your results on the major search engines, such as Google, Yahoo & MSN. After all – that is where the majority of your business comes from (generally speaking – before you build up your customer numbers that is!!).

So…. what do you do – You make your pages look all pretty, then you submit them to your search engines… and then… when doing a search you notice that the different arrangement of words can give completely different results. Or have you not noticed that yet??? If you haven’t let me point it out.

For example – if you take the words Online Shopping NZ, and NZ Online Shopping and plug them into the search engines you’ll notice that for my grizzlynut website I get the following placements (and this is for today – the results will no doubt be completely different tomorrow (hopefully better so I get more visitors):

Online Shopping NZ first, NZ Online Shopping second

Google – 10, 11

Google NZ – 9, 13

MSN – Nothing, 24

MSN NZ – 8, 25

Yahoo – Nothing, Nothing

Yahoo NZ – Nothing, Nothing

Surely it’s just the one – you are thinking? Well no. Let me give you another example:

NZ online shops first, online shops NZ second

Google – 7, 7

Google NZ – 13, 8

MSN – 24

MSN NZ – 7, 4

Yahoo – Nothing, 22

Yahoo NZ – 11, 8

So… interesting?? Yes it is – and hopefully makes you think about what you are writing & how you are writing it next time you update your pages. If you are looking to make your pages the best they can be – to both people & search engines, is to ensure that the arrangement of the keywords is consistent (where it can be – don’t make a whole new language for the sake of the search engine – you will lose readers – and what’s important? Readers!!)

If we take NZ online shops for example – try and use this term on the page wherever it is appropriate. So if you are saying the following: We have several online shops for nz, you would say – we have several nz online shops.

It still makes sense, and you are giving you “words” a better chance at getting read – because the higher up the search engines they are – the more likely people are going to click on your page.

Also remember this if you have had someone offer to link to you. Be sure you are consistent about what you ask them to write – choose a word – eg. nz online shopping – and stick with it (unless of course, you have loads of websites offering to link to you – then you would use both keywords). The other thing which I haven’t pointed out – because I thought it was obvious – abbreviations are not taken as the whole word. For example – if you are using NZ stick with it. If you are using New Zealand stick with it – NZ and New Zealand are two different words – and will be taken as such!

But… anyway – enough from me – I just wanted to point out, that if you’re a small player (and 99.9% of us are), you really need to make sure that the words on your page are consistent. After all – it’s better to get 1 good listing, than 2 mediocre (or even worse – bad) listings.

And…. the key thing – topic. If you have a crappy page to start with – it doesn’t matter how well you choose your wording, or your linking strategies – the search engines are going to find out as some stage & kick you out. Make the web a better place & keep it quality!!

Online Mobile Phone Shops

The human story does not always stretch out like a mathematical calculation which is based on the principle that two and two make four. However, sometimes we may come across in life when they make five or minus three; and as such at times the so called ‘ blackboard of our life’ tumbles down in the middle and stun us with amazing ans attractive offers. This situation often crops up to mesmerise us and help us to change our outlook towards leading our life. Now, moving towards the different lifestyle of various class of people we can witness a rearing change. These days the mobile phones are actually changing the mindsets of the people. These tiny gadgets come adorned with various high-end features that one can facilitate various works without any hassles. One can stay connected with his or her beloved ones all throughout the day no matter whether the handset is basic or it is enhanced with feature-rich options.

Online mobile phone shops are the best place to compare latest mobile phones. This is a truly a proven fact that the online shops assist the customers to find the latest handsets at ease. One can easily keep in touch with the latest trends by getting the latest information regarding the upcoming models. This online shopping process is steadily changing the shopping trends of the people. As a matter of fact, people prefer the online shops as they assist the customers to find the appropriate handset for their varied purposes.

Various top notch companies such as Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG and Motorola etc., have ventured into this arena to astir the customers with high-end handsets. What is more, as various models are launched at regular intervals it becomes impossible for a person to check out the specifications of all the models. Moreover, in any showroom one cannot get the models of all the brands and as such one should bear in mind which brand he or she wants to buy. These factors at times make our shopping process really very hectic. But this factor does not govern the online shops. By logging into these sites one can easily get a glimpse of the various models from various brands.

Actually the online mobile phone shops are the best place to compare latest mobile phones. By logging into these sites you can compare the features, specifications and prices of various models to select the best handset which would appropriately suit all your requirements. What is more, the factor of convenience definitely help the customers to enjoy their shopping process. From the comfort of your living room you can order any latest model and in return even get various lucrative offers and gifts. The online shops greatly try to attract the people by offering various free gifts and offers too and that also at very cheap rates.

You can easily find exclusive collection of mobile phone along with various lucrative deals and offers which would make your shopping process very affordable. If any customer wants then he or she can even get certain deals along with their dream handsets. The mobile phone deals are actually designed to help you to cut down your monthly mobile phone expenses to a significant amount. After figuring out your requirements and budgets you can easily select a model and order it online.

Free gifts such as gaming consoles, music players, iPods, mobile phone accessories and cash back offers would overall make your shopping process very exciting. These extra benefits would ultimately help you to shop your dream handset at very cheap rates. Furthermore, these shops would assist you throughout the shopping process to drive away all your concerns without any hassles. As such, by paying just once you automatically get entitled to various other things. This shows things have changed a lot with every passing date and as such two plus two always does not make four. Offers and gifts are always crafted to ensure ultimate satisfaction to the so called prospective customers.

Shop Until You Drop in London

If there’s one thing any tourist visiting London needs to know it’s where to shop. The city is an amazing place for shopping and whether you want cheap and cheerful or designer label the choices are endless.

Whether you can afford to buy or will be merely restricted to looking but not touching, Knightsbridge is a must. As well as long rows of designer and upmarket boutiques, this is where you will find the world famous Harrods and Harvey Nicholls. Harrods remains the top shop for top people but browsers are equally welcome. There’s bound to be something you can afford so you can go home with that all important named carrier bag. Pop just over the way to Harvey Nicks and view floors full of fabulous home wares and fashions then up to the 4th floor for a cappuccino and cake.

If it’s department stores that you enjoy, head to Oxford Street. Here you’ll find Selfridges, one of the city’s oldest and largest stores as well as House of Fraser stores. Oxford Street is also the UK’s premier “high street”. Every household name in British retailing from Top Shop to Boots, from Marks and Spencer to HMV are along this long stretch of retail heaven punctuated by every kind of eatery imaginable.

If you want to shop how the other half shop, make sure you end up in Bond Street. This is the home of all the very best in designer labels in fashion and luxury goods.

London shopping isn’t all about brick and mortar stores. The markets are great places for bargains and also a different view of the London culture. Whilst it may seem odd to point you in the direction of the meat market at Smithfield, if you’re any early riser you can enjoy the spectacle of the butchers and traders do their business for the morning and then share a breakfast pint of ale with them. Beware – it’s quite an experience to wash down your full English fry up with a pint of bitter at 6am. If you’re a foodie, the Borough Market is the haunt of chefs, gastronomes and anyone with a slight interest in food.

Another of London’s famous markets is Portobello Road. Antiques, bric-a-brac, curiosities, objets d’art and knick-knacks are in a massive abundance here. If it’s an individual statement piece for your home, you’ll find it in Portobello Road. For terrific bargains and a real slice of London life in the raw, it’s hard to beat Camden Market. Based around and on Camden Lock, this is so much more than a market – it’s a community. There’s the occasional whiff of “new age” but as a spectacle for tourists it’s not to be missed. Another market worth a visit is in Leadenhall Street. This beautiful covered walkway still retains all its original Victorian features and is right in the heart of the city.

Shopping in London is serious stuff. Every borough has its own shopping centre/mall or main shopping street – notable ones include Kensington High Street, Whiteleys at Bayswater, Hampstead High Street, Fulham Road and Brent Cross Shopping Centre

Online Shopping Made Easier

Internet mall and online shopping are synonymous to easy and convenient means of shopping. In a busy life, going and shopping for things in an offline market is more than a challenge. Heavy traffic jam and bargaining for price or deals are some of things you come across, while shopping on Internet. With the help of Internet stores or Online shopping stores, one can enjoy buying anything and everything without even leaving his or her home. This results in a great time saver for an individual. Therefore, it can be said that Online shopping is the process where the users go through internet to purchase products or services. Online shop, eshop, e-store, webstore, or virtual store evokes the physical analogy of buying products or services in a shopping mall.

Online shopping is a electronic commerce that can be used for business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions, regardless of geographical restriction. With Online as a mode of shopping, one does not have to make trek to the grocery or discounted store with his or kids. With Online stores you can order anything you want with just a click of few buttons. While you place an order, you can get the product to your door step.

After a great success in the developed countries, this concept of Online Shopping is gaining momentum in India also. There are several virtual stores on the internet that sell different types of products to meet people need.. Online shopping India is preferred by the people when compared to the offline shopping. As a matter of fact, they save a lot of time on commuting and waiting in lines. The best part is that one can visit various virtual stores to compare prices and discounts, without leaving his or her house.

The online shopping portals are well designed so that every individual can enjoy shopping without any hassle. As a matter of fact, the online shopping stores are designed to help users in more efficient manner. These stores provide various type of products from trusted manufacturers and merchants in a single place and allow the users to shop across them all.

Well planned shopping sites bring users and merchants together in an user-friendly environment. The users can compare the price of different products and vendors. This facility of comparing prices and features prevents the users in engaging into frauds.

With its various benefits and attractive features, there is a huge opportunity for e-commerce or online shopping. India’s online portal are gaining more revenue from health and beauty products when compared with the other segments of products. Free worldwide shipping is one of the pleasing incentives used to persuade more customers to spend more money on their website. To attract more customers the websites owners have come with special deal to direct customers and distributors with free gifts, and special packages, while shopping.