Recently I was chatting with friends about our back to school shopping habits during this time of year. Specifically, online or in-store? While we all had varying preferences when it comes to our purchases, we all were in agreement on one particular aspect – sticking to a budget and saving as much as we could along the way.
Visa Canada announced the results of their Back-to-School online spending survey, and here are the major factors:
- Canadians are being more frugal this year in their back-to-school shopping, and are looking online for better prices and deals
- 90% of Canadian shoppers will be setting a back-to-school budget
- 87% of shoppers surveyed admitted to “showrooming” – looking at items in store before buying them for less online
I’m nodding my head in agreeance to all of these highlights. For myself, my back to school shopping routine is the same as any other time of year. I shop online ONLY if I can score a great deal on the item, plus get very cheap if not free shipping. I’m more likely to purchase clothes if I’ve tried the brand before and know the sizing well.
Whether I shop online or in-store, Visa’s right there with me. I’ve personally had no issues shopping online at a trusted store, I have confidence in Visa’s many layers of security including Visa’s Zero Liability Policy, Verified by Visa®, E-Promise, AVS (Address Verification Service) and CVV2 (the three-digit code).
Yet for those that still don’t like to use credit online, using Visa Debit is a safe and convenient alternative. Another option? Visa gift cards! Many online retailers take those gift cards as well, so don’t feel that you are stuck using them just in-store.
I have made a few Back to School purchases lately, online and in-store as well. Shopping for those indoor shoes for my oldest came early when she needed them for indoor rock climbing with the discovery that last years indoor pair blew a hole in them. Off to the store we went, a Visa Gift Card in hand, and a pair of indoor shoes we did get.
Gotta love her admiration for bright colours! I couldn’t get a sale price on these though they were reasonable. The need for them the next day, prevented me from shopping around.
Yet, my online purchase for shoes for the twins was another story. I shopped for a brand that isn’t sold in my city, yet I found a deal on them online – for over 50% off. Choosing sizing was simple since they’ve worn this brand before, so I was confident in the purchase and very happy about the price.
Shipping wasn’t free like I had hoped but it was just a few dollars, so I didn’t mind considering how much I saved on the price-tag. Their shoes should arrive just before school starts, so I’m glad I ordered early. Yet would love if shipping time wasn’t so long with some online shops! I think arrival time is also a big factor in the great online/in-store debate.
Disclosure: I was provided with Visa Gift Cards to facilitate this post, opinions are my own.