Yesterday, my roommate came home from Cole Haan, happy about his purchase. He told me all about his great shoes (and new flip flops) and the great deal that he got thanks to a promotion.
“Sweet, let’s see them.”
“Oh, I don’t have them yet.”
It turns out that my roommate is quite money-savvy. Just like you, he doesn’t like wasting money if he doesn’t have to. And just like me, he prefers shopping online.
Instead of buying the shoes in the store and walking out with them, he decided that the extra week was worth and that by buying it online and getting free shipping, he’d be able to save the 5% or so in tax. He didn’t need the shoes soon for a special occasion, so waiting was barely an issue.
So he got the best of both worlds. He was able to try on the shoes and find out if they would be a good fit for him. He also received the customer service many claim is a reason to buy from brick-and-mortar stores. And he got the savings by buying online, where there is no sales tax.
There’s no problem with going to the store, then purchasing online. The store gets the money either way. The employee may not receive commission for the sale, but I believe that should not impact his decision of how to pay. While it would be nice, I don’t think it’s something he should have to take into consideration each time he makes a purchase.
Readers, do you shop online or in-store? Is it worth it to save a few dollars in tax or do you want your goodies fast and hate waiting?