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How to Get a Child’s Exact Shoe Size

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Kids grow like weeds, so don’t rely on going right to the next size after your child outgrows his shoes. He might skip a size or two. If you’re buying shoes online or giving the information to grandma, for example, you’ll need to figure out your child’s shoe size on your own. Ill-fitted shoes can cause several issues. In children, shoes that are too big or too small can cause your child to fall more often, get blisters or suffer from ingrown toenails. Therefore, you’ll want to find your child’s exact shoe size.

Instructions

  1. Take off your child’s shoes in the evening when the feet are at their biggest. If the shoes are to be worn with socks, keep them on. Otherwise, take off the socks.
  2. Set two pieces of paper on the ground and have your child stand with one foot on each paper. Trace the exact outline of both feet on the sheets of paper. If your child cannot stand, sit him on your lap and have a second person trace his foot. Use a book or another hard surface so you can straighten his feet out as best as possible.
  3. Measure the length between the topmost and bottommost points in inches. Use the largest measurement to find the best shoe size.
  4. Compare the results to the shoe chart for the brand or shoe store of choice. In general, shoes sizes are standard. A child with a foot that is 6 inches long will typically wear a size U.S. 8 1/2 shoe, no matter the brand or store. For every 1/4 to 1/8 inch in growth, expect the shoe size to increase by 0.5.

How to Use Amazon for Online Shopping

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With over 230 million active customer accounts, the online giant, Amazon, is the most popular online store at the time of publication, and even ranks as one of the ten most popular websites on the entire Internet. Even if Amazon’s own warehouses don’t have what you’re looking for, one of its third-party Marketplace sellers might — though potentially at a high price. Whether you want to shop from Amazon directly or in the Marketplace, head to Amazon’s website to start browsing the shelves.

Find an Item

  • Amazon’s home page provides three methods to start finding and buying items. The front page itself shows off featured items, and once the site starts learning your tastes, it will display products based on your history. To find a specific item, type in the search bar at the top of the page. Press “Enter” to search the entire catalog, or select from the drop-down menu set automatically to “All” to search a specific category, which also enables the “Refine” capability for more specific results. If you’d rather just window shop, click “Shop by Department,” to pick a section to browse.

Make an Account and Check Out

  • As you come across items you want, click “Add to Cart” to save them. If you’re undecided, add it anyway and you can always take it out of the cart later. When you’re done, click the “Cart” button at the top of any Amazon page and select “Proceed to Checkout.” Your first purchase includes creating an account. When Amazon prompts you to log in, enter your email address, choose “I Am a New Customer” and fill in your personal info. You’ll also need to enter a credit card to complete your purchase. If you haven’t shopped online before, the prospect of giving out your card number might seem intimidating, but online stores use encryption to prevent hackers from stealing your information. To stay safe on Amazon, just as with any other site, never give out your password, keep up-to-date anti-virus software on your computer and watch your bill for unexpected charges. Some credit card companies also provide one-time use numbers for shopping online — check your card company’s website to see if it offers this feature.

Shop on the Amazon Marketplace

  • Many items on Amazon come from third-party sellers on the Marketplace, indicated by a “Sold by” line near the “Add to Cart” button. If both Amazon and third-party sellers offer the item, the large “Add to Cart” button buys from Amazon, and you’ll see a few alternative “Add to Cart” buttons with different prices and a link to a full list of used and new versions of the product. Marketplace sellers set their own prices, so you might find a great discount on a used item, or come across a rare, discontinued product that’s only for sale at a collector’s price. Even when buying from another seller, Amazon itself handles your payment, so you don’t need to worry about your credit card information leaking out.

    One important caveat about the Marketplace is that unlike eBay, sellers do not control their own shipping costs, and therefore cannot provide a shipping discount if you buy multiple items. Also note that some product pages include ad links to items sold on other websites, which are not affiliated with the Amazon Marketplace.

Return an Item

  • If your new dress doesn’t fit right or a gadget arrives broken, Amazon accepts returns on most sales within 30 days of delivery. In general, third-party sellers offer the same policy, although you’ll usually have to pay for return shipping to the seller unless the seller advertises free returns, whereas Amazon often provides a prepaid shipping label for its own returns. The cost of the return may be subtracted from the refund if the item was returned for some other reason than Amazon’s mistake.

    To start a return, visit the Returns Center, press “Return Items” and pick a product. A few types of items, such as groceries and high-priced goods, carry different return policies, which you can check on the return policy page.

Save With Amazon Prime

  • Amazon’s Prime subscription service costs $99 per year and provides free two-day shipping on items purchased from Amazon that display the “Prime” logo. Prime includes free shipping on Marketplace items that sellers opt to have delivered via Amazon’s warehouse, but not on most third-party purchases. Even without Prime, orders over $35 include free basic shipping, but Prime can save you a good amount on shipping if you frequently place small orders or need items delivered quickly. In addition, Prime includes extras such as Prime Instant Video, a streaming video service similar to Netflix, Prime Music, which provides free streaming music, and the ability to borrow one Kindle e-book per month from the Amazon Kindle Lending Library. To start a subscription, click “Your Prime” at the top of any Amazon page.

How to Set Up Online Grocery Shopping

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When your life hinges on split-second timing, stopping at the store
doesn’t always make the cut. And if you have young children, it’s
sometimes not even possible. Save yourself the headache and shop
online. With the click of a mouse, your goods will be delivered painlessly
to your door.

Instructions

  1. Find a service that delivers to your neighborhood. Contact your local supermarket to see if it offers delivery. Or type “online grocery service” into a search engine for regional services such as Peapod.com. Then type in your ZIP code to make sure you’re in the delivery area. Outside the service area? Netgrocer.com ships groceries by FedEx.
  2. Set up an account. You’ll need to supply an address, daytime phone number and e-mail address, and set a password. Find out if there’s a delivery cost or a minimum order.
  3. Start shopping. Grab your master shopping list (see 302 Create Effective Shopping Lists) and set up an online shopping list, too. The time you spend upfront you’ll save each time you shop. Use the site’s search engine to find particular items or browse by department (dairy, produce, deli). Check the home page for weekly specials.
  4. Think strategically. This is a great way to buy cases of soda and beer, big boxes of laundry detergent and household cleaners, a three-month supply of toilet paper or paper towels, jumbo packs of diapers and infant formula, or any other bulky or heavy items you don’t want to lug in and out of your car.
  5. Stock up on goods you can’t find at your neighborhood market. NetGrocer.com carries a nice array of kosher foods (even kosher pet food), and EthnicGrocer.com has hard-to-find items such as spicy red Thai curry. Schwan’s (schwans.com), which has been delivering foods for 50 years, offers full frozen meals.
  6. Scan your order to verify that you’ve selected the correct items. When you’ve used the service a few times, you’ll be able to click through past orders to make sure you’re not forgetting anything. Several services allow you to add items from previous orders to your current order.
  7. Select a delivery time and day. You’ll get several options of delivery windows, usually in two- or three-hour time chunks. Plan ahead: Some services will deliver the next day, some within 3 to 7 days via FedEx.
  8. Check out. Enter any promotional codes you’ve received, coupon codes and, if applicable, your frequent shopper number. Review your order (and approve any suggested substitutions) and pay using your credit card.

How to Buy Wedding Shoes

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It isn’t always about the dress. Although the dress tends to take the most attention, wedding shoes play a huge role on the big day. There are many aspects that need to be considered when buying wedding shoes–your height, your man’s height and the evening events. The list goes on and on. The shoes are a major factor in the bride’s comfort for the evening. Comfort and beauty are what you are looking for.

Instructions

  1. There are so many options when it comes to wedding shoes, so before you go shopping and overwhelm yourself, set some guidelines. In other words, find out what you are looking for before you go looking. Height and weight are major considerations. The type of ceremony also comes into play.
  2. The next step is to consider the price. This will lead you to where the shopping will be done for the wedding shoes. Many bridal shops have different options. There are also catalogs and web sites galore. Will the shopping be done at a specialty shop? Once you have the price in mind, the rest of the experience will be easier.
  3. Once you have narrowed down the type of shoe and the places to go, it is time to shop. Remember your guidelines when shopping in order to save time. As you find shoes to consider, look at the price. If it is out of your budget, put them back where you found them. If the price is right, try them on.
  4. When trying the shoes, on it is important to feel for comfort. If the shoes hurt initially, they are not the right ones for you. No matter how the shoes look, comfort is key. This is your night and you want to be able to walk, so keep in mind comfort and fit. Make sure to walk around in the shoes in order to get a true feeling.

Get Prom Dresses At Reasonable Prices

Every teenager dreams to look them best at the prom night. They eagerly wait for this night as it’s a first major milestone in their life and get ready for the next. Prom night normally holds different memorable events and senior teenagers of high school dress in their best. So you must wear an attractive prom dress so that most of the heads turn towards you when you enter into the event. Buying an appropriate prom dress is not that much expensive as you might think. Here are some ways to get prom dresses at an affordable price that will save your money but you will look gorgeous.

You need to give the same importance to choose a prom dress as like wedding dress. Most of the students make enough effort to create a long lasting impression to the other students on that night and they spend couple of weeks to find the appropriate prom dress for them. A few lucky teenagers may be able to get the right dress for them in an affordable price but most of them need to spend enough time and effort in finding. Apart from the dress, you also need to save few dollars for accessories.

When you decide to buy a prom dress for you, first of all choose the style of the dress that you prefer. If you decide your mind in two or three styles, then it will be easy to find the right one. The next step is researching on the internet about various designs of prom dresses and their prices. After searching on the internet shortlist some of the online store names that offer quality prom dresses in affordable rates. The advantage of shopping from online store is that you can spend enough times to see a dress, its material, design, and style. You can see multiple times and for more days before you shop. Then buy the one that you like and at your convenient time by sitting at your home. Some online stores also offer discount. So check all these before purchase.

But you should find a reliable online prom dresses store where you can shop. If you are thinking how to find a trustable online store, then you can look at our site HotintheShop.com which is one of the best online stores. We offer varieties of prom dresses and all are available in an affordable rate. Here you can shop by dress type, styles etc. The starting price is really low that will come in your budget because we set our prices by keeping in mind about the school teenagers. Before making your purchase you can check customers’ reviews as well to know about our services, cost and other things.

How to Shop for Car Insurance Online

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The internet allows us to be able to shop for car insurance and compare rates from various insurance companies without even having to leave our home.
To be able to pick and choose the car insurance company by comparing rates all in one area, makes shopping for car insurance a breeze.
You don’t have to search and use various individual car insurance websites to get a quote, and then have to pick another one if the rate isn’t what you were expecting. Now you can just get a comparison quote from a variety of websites online, and then it’s up to you, on which one you want to choose based upon the coverage that you need, and the rate that you’re satisfied with.
By using this method of shopping for car insurance based on a variety of quotes, enables us to purchase our insurance at a lower rate, compared to how it was many years ago.

Instructions

  1. Get out a pencil and notebook and write down the information in advance that car insurance companies are going to need in order to give you a proper quote. You will need the make / model / year of the car that you’re insuring. They will also need your driver’s license number, vehicle registration information, and the policy number of the insurance company that you have now.
  2. Stay away from the individual insurance company websites to get a quote. If you have nothing to compare your quote to, then you’ll be paying more for your insurance, than choosing a website that will compare a variety of insurance companies to come up with your quote.
  3. Have your phone handy, because most companies will call you, and some will email you the quotes.
  4. Don’t get upset if you feel it’s taking you too long to fill out the necessary online forms. They usually take from 10 to 20 minutes to fill out, however, if you can save from $200 – $800 a year in car insurance, then this 10 to 20 minutes of your time, then the time you spend, is well worth the savings.
  5. ESURANCE – Check out Esurance for a quote. You not only get quotes, but can purchase your insurance online, and even be able to print out the information.
  6. Check out my resources below for great online websites on Car Insurance Quo

How to Shop Online at H&M

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Hennes & Mauritz, commonly called and marketed as “H&M,” is known among 20-somethings for its popular and inexpensive fashions for women and men. However, as of August 2010, its clothing is only available for purchase in brick-and-mortar stores in North America.

Explanation

  • If you’re scratching your head wondering why H&M doesn’t sell its clothing online, you’re probably not alone. Via its “Frequently Asked Questions” section, the Swedish clothier apologizes for the inconvenience and explains only that it “is not set up for mail order, phone orders or e-commerce at the present time.” However, H&M’s website does feature a photo gallery of styles that are currently in stores.

Other Countries

  • H&M does sell its fashions online for a select group of European countries, including Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Norway and Sweden.

Alternative Websites

  • While you may not find every item in every size and color, H&M items are easily found online within auction and secondhand retail websites. For example, H&M clothing can be purchased on websites like eCRATER and eBid, as found in the Resources section.

How to Shop for a Car Online

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Shopping for a new or used car online can reduce the hassle of working with dealerships and provide detailed information about a specific car before you leave for the showroom.

Instructions

  1. Form a general picture of what you’re looking for. Consider how you’ll be using the car, what you’re willing to spend, and which factors are important to you, such as fuel efficiency, reliability and safety features.
  2. Check into the resale value and repair history of past models in this car line, such as by consulting Consumer Reports magazine or its Web site (www.consumerreports.org).
  3. Open your browser and type in the name of a manufacturer’for example, ‘www.ford.com’ or ‘www.toyota.com”or use a search engine if this doesn’t produce what you’re seeking.
  4. Enter requested information when prompted. Most manufacturers’ Web sites have detailed information on models, including available options, photos and MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price).
  5. Find Web sites containing ads for used cars, if new models are a bit out of your price range. For example, look in the business or automotive sections of popular search engines, or try search strings like ‘Internet car dealers’ and ‘buy a car online.’
  6. Look for a site that offers detailed information about each of its used-car listings. Some automotive sites conduct inspections of used cars via independent mechanics’these are generally good places to shop. Look in the ‘about us’ section of each site for information on its background and services.
  7. Use the site’s database to find reviews and ratings for specific cars by make, model and year. Then, visit independent sites (sites that do not sell cars and are unaffiliated with car companies and dealerships) to find reviews and technical information about various makes and models.
  8. Understand that many sites, whether selling new or used cars, will only put you in contact with retailers or individual sellers, leaving you to finish the deal the old-fashioned way: person to person.
  9. Realize that online car shopping is changing every day. There is an occasional site that may deliver a new or used car to your door, with the paperwork completed by the truck driver; these transactions are usually accompanied by a hefty delivery fee. More likely, if a site delivers, it will do so to a nearby ‘delivery center’ in your area.

Elitefashionstore – The one stop shop for wholesale and designer replica clothing

In this expensive world, people try to find out ways to decrease their expenses as much as possible as they try hard to make ends meet as well as keep themselves in the trend and fashion. People love to dress up and look good every time they move out of their homes. Everyone aspires to make heads turn their way and get appreciated on their dressing and accessorizing. One who is well-dressed makes a statement about their standard and class to everyone around them. This is where the concept of ‘designer clothes’ come in. Designer clothes are different from normal clothes in the quality of the material used and are quite expensive due to their brand image in the market and it’s maintaining costs through advertising.

Not every common man can buy designer clothes because of their high prices and are stereotyped to be meant only for higher class people. But the thought has changed now, and the concept of ‘wholesale designer clothes’ and ‘designer replica clothes’ is ruling the market.

Inspired by the wholesale principle of the ‘baker’s dozen’, goods are brought in bulk and sold in bulk. The idea of the wholesale designer clothes is to buy the very expensive designer clothes in bulk and sell them in bulk to the clients at a discounted rate. This increases the sale and gives more returns to the sellers. These designer clothing’s wholesalers, sell the designer replica clothes at a reduced price to the customers. These designer clothings wholesalers sell the clothings in the company’s original packing with even the brand and the price tags on them.

The designer replica clothes, are of the same designs as of the original brands, but are made of materials of lower quality. But people who want to imitate the latest fashion but is binded by financial constraints can very well go for the low price replicas. Clothes are not the only items, even shoes have a huge wholesaler’s and replica market. Designer replica shoes are in great demand as the high-end designer clothing needs to be complemented by equivalent standard of footwear.

A Canadian-based company, Elitefashionstore is the online warehouse of replica clothing and apparel. We cater to the demand of replica items including apparels and footwears with our wide range of designer replica clothes and designer replica shoes available at unbelievably low prices. Registered in Hong-Kong and China, we serve as a one-stop shop for the designer clothings wholesalers.

About Online Shopping

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Online shopping is very popular among most Internet users. Almost 85 percent of web users in the United States shop online. Korea, with 99 percent, is one of the most popular countries where Internet users shop online. Internet shopping is easy, fast and convenient because users can shop from the privacy of their homes and computers. While online shopping is easy, there are also some precautions you should take as well. Continue reading for some tips about shopping online.

Identification

  • Online shopping allows people to from their own computer. When a person visits an online retailer, purchases an item with her credit card and has it delivered to an address, she has completed the process of online shopping. Online shopping has become more popular through the years and is becoming a more widely used way to purchase goods. Online shopping grew 33 percent in 2005 (see Resources).

Benefits

  • There are many benefits to online shopping. Online shopping is extremely popular during the Christmas shopping season. People would rather from home or even during breaks at work instead of waiting in long, stressful lines at retail stores. Also, people can shop online at any time of the day. Shopping online allows a person to shop at ease without being rushed. She has the chance to save a page and come back to it later to decide whether she will purchase the item.

Warning

  • Double-check with shopping websites to make sure they are legit. Look them up in the Better Business Bureau database. Also, watch out for phishing websites. Always double-check the URL in your web address bar to be sure it matches with the website. When checking your items out, be sure that the URL reads “https://” to know that it is a secure website. Never give out payment information on a URL that is not. Use a credit card when shopping instead of debit or checking account information. You can always cancel transactions or turn off your service if you believe your credit card number has been misused.

Considerations

  • Note the shipping prices when you are buying online. Be sure that they match with prices listed by the United States Postal Office, UPS or FedEx. Do not overpay for shipping. Some online retailers often try to take advantage of customers by overcharging for shipping. Be sure to read all material regarding returns, order cancellations or customer complaints. Locate the customer contact information and be sure that it is a working number. Always double-check with a company before placing an order if you are unsure of the business.

Types

  • Individuals can buy almost anything online these days. Groceries and food products can be purchased and delivered to homes. Also, those who need medicines or herbal remedies can also buy them online. One of the most popular items purchased online are books. According to an online article in January 2008, Nielsen online reported that 41 percent of Internet users had bought books in the past three months (see Resources). Other items that are popular purchases and can be shopped for online are DVDs, electronics, games, tickets and clothing. Almost anything that is tangible can be purchased online. Another way that shoppers can buy online is through online auction houses such as the popular website eBay.

How to Use Amazon for Online Shopping

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With over 230 million active customer accounts, the online giant, Amazon, is the most popular online store at the time of publication, and even ranks as one of the ten most popular websites on the entire Internet. Even if Amazon’s own warehouses don’t have what you’re looking for, one of its third-party Marketplace sellers might — though potentially at a high price. Whether you want to shop from Amazon directly or in the Marketplace, head to Amazon’s website to start browsing the shelves.

Find an Item

  • Amazon’s home page provides three methods to start finding and buying items. The front page itself shows off featured items, and once the site starts learning your tastes, it will display products based on your history. To find a specific item, type in the search bar at the top of the page. Press “Enter” to search the entire catalog, or select from the drop-down menu set automatically to “All” to search a specific category, which also enables the “Refine” capability for more specific results. If you’d rather just window shop, click “Shop by Department,” to pick a section to browse.

Make an Account and Check Out

  • As you come across items you want, click “Add to Cart” to save them. If you’re undecided, add it anyway and you can always take it out of the cart later. When you’re done, click the “Cart” button at the top of any Amazon page and select “Proceed to Checkout.” Your first purchase includes creating an account. When Amazon prompts you to log in, enter your email address, choose “I Am a New Customer” and fill in your personal info. You’ll also need to enter a credit card to complete your purchase. If you haven’t shopped online before, the prospect of giving out your card number might seem intimidating, but online stores use encryption to prevent hackers from stealing your information. To stay safe on Amazon, just as with any other site, never give out your password, keep up-to-date anti-virus software on your computer and watch your bill for unexpected charges. Some credit card companies also provide one-time use numbers for shopping online — check your card company’s website to see if it offers this feature.

Shop on the Amazon Marketplace

  • Many items on Amazon come from third-party sellers on the Marketplace, indicated by a “Sold by” line near the “Add to Cart” button. If both Amazon and third-party sellers offer the item, the large “Add to Cart” button buys from Amazon, and you’ll see a few alternative “Add to Cart” buttons with different prices and a link to a full list of used and new versions of the product. Marketplace sellers set their own prices, so you might find a great discount on a used item, or come across a rare, discontinued product that’s only for sale at a collector’s price. Even when buying from another seller, Amazon itself handles your payment, so you don’t need to worry about your credit card information leaking out.

    One important caveat about the Marketplace is that unlike eBay, sellers do not control their own shipping costs, and therefore cannot provide a shipping discount if you buy multiple items. Also note that some product pages include ad links to items sold on other websites, which are not affiliated with the Amazon Marketplace.

Return an Item

  • If your new dress doesn’t fit right or a gadget arrives broken, Amazon accepts returns on most sales within 30 days of delivery. In general, third-party sellers offer the same policy, although you’ll usually have to pay for return shipping to the seller unless the seller advertises free returns, whereas Amazon often provides a prepaid shipping label for its own returns. The cost of the return may be subtracted from the refund if the item was returned for some other reason than Amazon’s mistake.

    To start a return, visit the Returns Center, press “Return Items” and pick a product. A few types of items, such as groceries and high-priced goods, carry different return policies, which you can check on the return policy page.

Save With Amazon Prime

  • Amazon’s Prime subscription service costs $99 per year and provides free two-day shipping on items purchased from Amazon that display the “Prime” logo. Prime includes free shipping on Marketplace items that sellers opt to have delivered via Amazon’s warehouse, but not on most third-party purchases. Even without Prime, orders over $35 include free basic shipping, but Prime can save you a good amount on shipping if you frequently place small orders or need items delivered quickly. In addition, Prime includes extras such as Prime Instant Video, a streaming video service similar to Netflix, Prime Music, which provides free streaming music, and the ability to borrow one Kindle e-book per month from the Amazon Kindle Lending Library. To start a subscription, click “Your Prime” at the top of any Amazon page.

How to Compare the Price of Running Shoes

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A good pair of running shoes can make your jogging routine more comfortable, so it’s important to pick the best pair for you. In addition to style and comfort, it’s reasonable to shop around to make sure that you are getting the best deal on a pair of shoes. Whether you’re searching online retailers, catalogs or window shopping, it’s always a good idea to try to get the most bang for your buck.

Instructions

  1. Decide on the brand and style of the shoe you’d like to purchase. Knowing what you’re looking for will help narrow down the price comparison process. Do a little bit of research on the brand to find out what fits your needs.
  2. Decide what type of shoe fits your foot type, as this will also help narrow down your search. Certain shoes are equipped with features that may better suit your needs. For instance, if you have wide feet, you’ll need a shoe with more of a wide fit. If you are flat footed or have a notable arch in your feet, the sole wear of the shoe must match your needs to provide a comfortable run. You can consult The Right Shoe Guide (See Resources) to help educate yourself and make an informed decision.
  3. Find a good deal, but don’t let price be the only determining factor. Ideally, these shoes will become a big part of your fitness goals, so comfort is the best factor to key in on when making your decision. It’s better to pay a little bit more for comfort and get the most out of your run as opposed to focusing on price alone and buying shoes that make your feet uncomfortable and the run unpleasant.
  4. Check local advertisements so you know how much the stores near you are selling the shoes. Sunday newspapers usually contain several sales inserts that reveal upcoming specials and discounts.
  5. Check internet retailers. You can purchase shoes in person or online. If you’re not in a rush to have them, you might find better deals by searching online. In addition for checking the websites of chain retailers, you should look for websites that specialize in selling shoes but don’t have store locations.
  6. Make note of the price each retailer is selling the shoes. Weigh the benefits of price compared with convenience of picking the shoes up at a certain location. Don’t forget to factor in shipping costs and sales tax.
  7. Try on your shoes. For the purpose of finding running shoes, it’s a good idea to shop in store, because you have the opportunity to walk around in the shoes before making a purchase. However, online shopping provides the potential for finding excellent deals. If you’re shopping online, it’d be wise to visit a local store that has the same shoe, but mostly likely at a higher price. That way you can try the shoe on in store, and go home and make the purchase online. This way you’ll be more confident with your decision and will feel less like you made a blind purchase.

Starting a Children’s Shoe Store

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Starting a shoe store that caters specifically to the needs of children allows you to specialize your store in ways that general shoe stores usually do not. For example, you can decorate the inside of your store to target parents and children or can use your capital to bring in specialty or luxury-line children’s shoes. Setting up this kind of store, though, requires careful planning to successfully compete with other local shoe stores.

Instructions

  1. Create a business plan to help organize your thoughts and ideas for your shoe store. Write about the basic structure your children’s shoe store will take. Decide if you want to carry a full line of children’s shoe sizes or if you want to specialize in a certain shoe area, such as infant, baby and toddler shoes. Discuss possible brands you want in your store. Devote a section to start-up financing and cost requirements, including how much approximate capital is required for acquiring children’s shoe inventory and supplies. Write a section on your business plan about competitor shoe stores in your neighborhood; try to find a distinguishing factor about your own shoe store (e.g. specialty products) and include this information.
  2. Research suppliers for children’s shoes. Subscribe to trade publications, such as Shoe Retailing Today by the National Shoe Retailers Association, to find information on vendors and shoe manufacturers. Visit trade shows, such as those of the World Shoe Association (WSA) and American Apparel and Footwear Association. Pay attention to children’s shoe brands and exhibitors that present at the event. For example, a few children’s shoe exhibitors and brands the WSA trade show works with include Baby Won, Creation Shoe Trading Company and Jumping-Jacks.
  3. Contact shoe manufacturers and brands directly to find suppliers and distributors of children’s shoes and get general price lists. Major manufacturers that design and produce children’s shoes include Stride Rite, Preschoolians, Cienta and Keen Footwear, in addition to other brands like Nike, Adidas and Gap. Call customer service phone numbers listed on individual company websites and ask where distributors and wholesalers exist in your area. Or, find distributors and manufacturers of shoes via business-to-business directories like ThomasNet or Kellysearch.com.
  4. Find retail space for your children’s shoe store. Look in shopping mall areas or stand-alone retail buildings that have empty space. Ideally, choose a retail space which is near restaurants, play areas, day care centers or other child-centric businesses, which might attract parents who shop with their children.
  5. Complete the business registration process with your state. Think of a name for your children’s shoe store, making it a catchy and fun name to attract both parents and children. Register this name with your state and acquire retail and sales tax licenses, as well as any other licenses and permits required by the state.
  6. Acquire financing to get your store up and running. Take your business plan to a banker or lender and make your presentation, answering any questions about how your children’s shoe store will succeed. Sign loan paperwork and agreements to acquire the capital.
  7. Purchase the shoes and supplies for your store. Place orders with manufacturers and companies for the children’s shoe brands you’ve decided to carry. Choose and buy the supplies necessary to set up the inside of your store, such as display racks, counter tops and point-of-sale systems.
  8. Set up the inside of your store. Paint the walls of your store youthful, bright colors to attract children and parents. Space aisles wide enough to allow for shopping carts or baby strollers. Set up shoe displays, organizing shoes by gender (e.g. boys and girls shoes), size and/or type of shoes (e.g. casual and dress shoes).
  9. Start advertising and marketing your store. Create a website with an e-commerce shopping cart platform if you intend to sell your inventory online. Begin direct-mail campaigns to target residents in the immediate and surrounding zip-code areas. Place an announcement or press release in local newspapers discussing the special features of your store. If your store is in a shopping mall, ask to set up special banners or stands that feature your store.

The Similarities Between Shopping Online & in the Mall

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With the surging popularity of the Internet and the growing number of options available to online shoppers, more and more people turn to cyberspace for their shopping needs. Responding to the trends, countless retailers have enhanced their online stores, giving their customers the same comprehensive experience they would get at a mall.

Stores

  • Like the mall, online shopping offers a great variety of stores to choose from. Almost any store you would typically find in a mall will have a corresponding online store featuring the same items. From department stores to specialty stores, most retailers can be found with a quick Internet search.

Selection

  • Like the shopping mall, the online shopping experience offers a large selection of items to choose from. If you are looking for a dresses, a simple search can yield thousands of dresses in a variety of styles, shapes, sizes and colors. Like going to a specialized department in a store, the search criteria can be narrowed to show the most relevant results such as “cocktail dresses” or “sundresses.”

Deals and Sales

  • Most retailers offer the same deals available in store on their website. Like the mall, online stores will typically have seasonal and end-of-season sales, sometimes featuring extra incentives such as free shipping for online shoppers. The retailer’s site will often reflect any seasonal promotions available in-store and allow customers to redeem coupons and gift cards. Sales and promotions will typically start and end on the same dates both in-store and online.

Interactive Experience

  • Both shopping online and in the mall can be an interactive experience. With enhanced features on many retailer websites, shoppers are able to see what an item would look like in a different color, in a different size, or send a link to a friend to get feedback. The online store for Victoria’s Secret, for instance, allows shoppers to click on color swatches to change the color of an item and click through alternate views to determine the exact fit and shape.

Returns

  • Like purchases made at the mall, items bought online can also be returned to the retailer for a refund or an exchange. The conditions vary depending on the retailer’s policy. Like mall stores, many online stores will allow customers to return items for a full refund while others allow only for exchanges. As you would expect, returns and exchanges on personal items such as undergarments and toiletries are not accepted at the mall or online.

How to Set Up an Online Shop

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Many people follow the mantra of “If you build it, they will come” for online business. It may be true if you have an offline business in a good location, but online you need traffic. If you don’t know how to market, setting up an online store won’t make you rich. But if you have a good product, know how to get the word out about it, and you’re looking to utilize the Internet to expand your customer base, then setting up an online shop makes sense.

Instructions

  1. Find the right store package. The days of getting a “shopping cart” from here, “payment processing from there” are pretty much over. The trick for setting up an online shop now isn’t being tech savvy, it’s figuring out the company with the right package for your needs.
  2. Build a separate website to serve as a hub for your business and attach a link to your store. If you can provide a website with good quality information about the type of products you sell, you add a personal touch and build trust in your potential customers before they buy from you.This is especially important if you’re selling information.
  3. Take photos of your products and upload them to your store. With the exception of ebooks, which will have an image you most likely will have created with a graphic design program like GIMP or PhotoShop, most products will require a photo to entice customers to buy. Make sure you use a high-quality digital camera to make taking and uploading pictures easier.
  4. Market your store to drive traffic to it. Treat your online shop just like you would a brick-and-mortar business. Advertise both in the online and the offline world to drive traffic to your website.

How to Shop Online Securely

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With technological advances like SSL and SET, shopping in the virtual world can be as safe today as shopping anywhere else. As in any sales environment, use prudence and common sense in your purchasing decisions. These recommendations come courtesy of Visa.

Instructions

  1. Shop with online merchants that you know and trust. You can find out about a merchant you are not familiar with by visiting its Web site and reading guarantees, warranties and return information.
  2. Look for signs of security on the site. Symbols like an unbroken lock or key, a URL that begins with https:// and the words “Secure Socket Layer” (SSL) mean that no one but you and the merchant can view your payment information.
  3. Take a look at privacy statements to see how your personal information will be used. The most reliable online merchants will always make this information easily available.
  4. Pay for your purchase with a credit card or check card. You will be protected in exactly the same way you are when you use your card at the store, order from a catalog by mail, or call in an order over the phone.
  5. Keep a record of your transaction. Save and/or print the online confirmation of your order.

How to Save Money with Online Shopping

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During the recession, everyone is looking to save a little money wherever they can. If you’re one of these people, and you’re looking to make any purchases, think twice before making any major buys in store. With a little searching you can almost always save money with online shopping.

Instructions

  1. There are thousands of internet shops, so whatever it is you’re looking to buy, you will be able to find it online. You can begin your search on any search engine you like, such as Google. Be as specific as possible in your searches to ensure you find exactly what you’re looking for. Many times, the same products are sold on multiple websites, so you can compare prices and see which is the most affordable.
  2. Once you’re found websites that sell what you are looking for, check RetailMeNot.com or similar websites to see if there are any online coupon codes available on those websites that could save money. The same goes for items you see in a store that you would like to buy. First go home and check online to see if that store has a website that has online coupons available or if it is available cheaper on any other websites.
  3. The great thing about shopping online is that many websites allow users to rate each product, so you can decide whether it is worth the money or not. Online coupon codes are constantly changing, so keep your eye out for good deals; many times there are free shipping coupons available. With a little bit of searching you can often save money with online shopping.

 How to Set Up an Online Shopping Cart

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Expand your business by selling your products on the Internet. Setting up an online shopping cart is a simple task. Either buy the shopping cart software and host it yourself or use an online shopping cart company. All you need is a basic knowledge of how to copy, paste and update your website.

Instructions

  1. Research available shopping cart companies or software. If this is your first time providing online sales, choose a company like Ecommerce, PayPal or another online cart supplier. If your company already has high online sales, buy shopping cart software and host it yourself.
  2. Find the online shopping cart that is right for your company. Prices vary depending on the available shopping cart options. For a new website, use a cheaper cart with basic options. Many cart suppliers have levels of membership and options to choose from.
  3. Sign up for a shopping cart service. You need your company’s information, including the banking information, so the service can deposit online transactions into your account. You also need to set up a user name and password. Write down your password and store it in a safe place in case you forget it.
  4. Set up your cart. Enter item information and prices into the appropriate form on the cart’s website or in the cart’s software. Some carts allow you to change colors and layouts of the cart page.
  5. Add the shopping cart to your website. Either copy and paste the button information onto your website or add a hyperlink that leads to the cart to your website.
  6. Upload your website to the server and wait for sales to come in.

Online Jewellery Shopping Stores

Online Shopping

Since its advent, internet is helping people in several ways; making life easy to easier by simplifying several tough tasks, shopping is one of such tough tasks. Now shopping is in list of one of the hobbies for young generation. Be it general shopping, shopping for festivals or marriage shopping, people want the best from best products that too on least possible prices but not compromising with quality.

Internet made shopping very easy, efficient and user friendly. These days E-commerce is among most popular usage of Internet. Since last few years Online Shopping trends are getting its momentum. E-commerce websites are applying tough security measure, and protection of personal data. People don’t hesitate in buying costly items like diamonds and jewellery.

Online Jewellery Shopping

Online jewellery shopping is being very much popular these days. There are several online jewellery stores providing various facilities to their customers. Some of popular features being provided by such stores are:

1. Product Gallery – Customers can view jewellery items of their choice from different angles. They can have actual view of jewellery before buying.

2. Jewellery Search – People buy jewellery for different occasions like engagement, wedding, birthday, new years or festivals. The choice varies depending upon the occasion. By using search and sorting feature customers can view jewellery items of their specific need. Thus making shopping experience less time consuming.

3. Customization Features – Some stores provide this exclusive feature of Jewellery Customization. That means you can not only choose from available product range, but also order for jewellery according to your choice or metal, design, and gems.

4. Security Features – Buying jewellery is an expensive affair. People want security of their transaction records like Credit Card and Bank Accounts info. In order to cater this demand online stores are providing very high level of encryption and security features.

5. EMI Features – If your desired jewellery item is more than your expected budget, you don’t need to be down. Some popular Jewellery Stores also provide payment facility through EMI option.

Apart from these features, online shops also provide money back or return of items in most of the cases. You can also avail free cleaning and polishing facilities for your jewellery. Buying jewellery online is a cheaper option, because the rates are cheaper than your neighbourhood jewellery shops. Most of the jewellery manufacturers are having their own stores representing them over internet. There is no third party interference, so cost doesn’t rise between manufacturer and customer.

If this online shopping trend will continue with same pace, then very soon the day will come when revenues from online jewellery stores can compete with regular stores.

Cleaning sweat from leather jacket

Unlike other types of clothing like cotton and other types of fabrics, you cannot clean a leather jacket in a washer and a dryer. Washing the leather jacket in submerged clothing ends up discoloring it and damaging its material. Making lose shape and become brittle.

A common nuisance occurring around the arm cuffs and collar edges of leather is sweat. Generally sweat stains appear greasy and they tend to blotch the leather. Removing this stain requires one to undertake due care to avoid damaging the fragile material. Anyone can clean sweat stains from a leather jacket provided they utilize proper methods.

You need a few things; a small bowl, a hanger a washcloth, Terry towels and leather cleaner. First and foremost you should try locating the care tag situated inside the leather jacket. The tag is usually found near the back of the inside of the leather jacket. If it is not there, locate it in the seams from the inside of the leather jacket. Ensure that you have read all the instructions and follow them to the latter. This will help in ensuring the leather is not ruined.

In the small bowl, pour in lukewarm water. Using a wash cloth submerged in the water, wring the cloth out until it is a damp to touch. Look out for a small inconspicuous area and test it so that you know the damage that is likely to happen to the entire leather jacket. Ensure all the sweat stains are wiped gently.

To help prevent water spots, use another cleaner terry cloth to buff the whole jacket in a gentle manner. Do this back and forth back and forth in gentle manner to the entire jacket. Then to prevent mildew from forming as a result of dampness, hang up the jacket. It should be hang in an open area away from other objects and clothing. This way you are guaranteed of a leather jacket free from sweat stains!

We focus on providing the stylish and in vogue products for everyone. The lather motorcycle jackets for men and women will protect you when you ride. There are many different styles and options in our shop to meet everyone’s needs of all Sexy Corsets and club wears for women.

How to Shop Outlets Online

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With the creation of the Internet, shopping is now at the fingers of the potential buyer. An individual can find wonderful bargains at outlet stores and the Internet offers a variety of shopping options. If you’re going to shop the outlets online, there are some tips and tricks that will ensure you have a positive shopping experience. Read on to learn how to shop outlets online.

Instructions

  1. Shop around. If you’re just in the mood for shopping, look at several places before you decide to buy. Oftentimes, if you shop around you can find some great bargains. If you know what you’re in the market to buy, you have even more leeway on finding a good deal. Remember to check a couple of sites before you commit.
  2. Don’t forget about the “O.” Overstock is a great site to find all kinds of merchandise. You can find designer clothes, electronics, purses and shoes at a great price. They even have low prices on shipping which will save you a little bit of money.
  3. Look for sites with free shipping. Many sites try to encourage online shoppers by giving them free shipping. If you find an item that you have to have, look around at different websites and search for the best prices on shipping.
  4. Shop at a reputable site. Don’t shop at just any old site especially when you’re in the market for designer items. While there are many reputable sites that will sell the real thing, many sites are selling fake designer items at a hefty price. If you’re skeptical about a business, check out its reviews on the Better Business Bureau’s website.
  5. Be conscious of how much money you have to spend. It’s very easy to spend too much money when you’re shopping online. Since you’re not carrying around bags filled with your newfound items, it’s hard to get a good grasp on how much money you’re actually spending. Keep a list of the items that you’ve bought and make a point to only purchase more once you’ve received other items you’ve ordered. This simple step will help you control your spending.
  6. Pay with PayPal. With the growing problem of identity theft, it’s best to pay with the safest method available online. Rather than giving out your credit card or bank information to a third party, pay through PayPal. PayPal is the keeper of your bank information so that you don’t have to share your personal financial information with strangers. Have fun shopping online.

How to Shop Online to Avoid Sales Tax

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According to a 1992 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, you don’t have to pay sales taxes when you shop out of state. This means that shopping online is a great way to avoid paying sales taxes, as your chances of buying an item from a merchant in a different state are great.

Instructions

  1. Look for a company that has no physical address in the state where you live. You will avoid paying sales tax when shopping online only if your purchases qualify as “out of state.” You may be able to find the physical address of a store by visiting their website or by checking the shipping page.
  2. Shop at resale places such as eBay or Half.com (see Resources below). Because these websites feature items mostly sold by individuals (rather than companies), sales taxes usually don’t apply. Companies or corporations that sell on eBay may charge taxes.
  3. Be aware of your shipping address. This is what decides where you will be charged taxes or not. If you have an alternate address, you may consider using it to avoid paying sales tax on an item.
  4. Shop at websites that have their online business separate from their in-store businesses. This is the case of companies such as Barnes & Nobles and Borders. These companies are not required to charge sales taxes to their customers because of a special arrangement with the government.
  5. Look online for information on how sales tax is handled by any particular company. You may find that the business charges only for large purchases, such as vehicles or computers. This depends on laws in their particular state, so check in advance.

How to Set Up an Online Shop

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Many people follow the mantra of “If you build it, they will come” for online business. It may be true if you have an offline business in a good location, but online you need traffic. If you don’t know how to market, setting up an online store won’t make you rich. But if you have a good product, know how to get the word out about it, and you’re looking to utilize the Internet to expand your customer base, then setting up an online shop makes sense.

Instructions

  1. Find the right store package. The days of getting a “shopping cart” from here, “payment processing from there” are pretty much over. The trick for setting up an online shop now isn’t being tech savvy, it’s figuring out the company with the right package for your needs.
  2. Build a separate website to serve as a hub for your business and attach a link to your store. If you can provide a website with good quality information about the type of products you sell, you add a personal touch and build trust in your potential customers before they buy from you.This is especially important if you’re selling information.
  3. Take photos of your products and upload them to your store. With the exception of ebooks, which will have an image you most likely will have created with a graphic design program like GIMP or PhotoShop, most products will require a photo to entice customers to buy. Make sure you use a high-quality digital camera to make taking and uploading pictures easier.
  4. Market your store to drive traffic to it. Treat your online shop just like you would a brick-and-mortar business. Advertise both in the online and the offline world to drive traffic to your website.