I know the title of this post may come as a little surprise to you seeing as the words "geek" and "shopping" are almost never be found in the same sentence. However, I will admit that I have an online shopping addiction. That shouldn't really come as a surprise to you seeing as I'm a web geek and all.
It first started a couple of years ago when I was looking for housewarming gift ideas for a friend of mine who was Filipino. I knew that housewarming presents are usually household appliances but I wanted to give it a little bit of personal touch by giving him something that would be very useful in a Filipino kitchen. Based on my research, I found out that rice was a staple in Filipino meals. Therefore, I decided I would get him a rice cooker.
Problem was, I didn't know what to look for in a rice cooker. My search in finding the best rice cooker lead me to ricecookergoodness.com. Through the site, I was able to determine what brand and model to get. Then came the problem of where I was going to make the purchase. So I once again went on Google to search for a store in my area that was selling the rice cooker that I wanted. One thing lead to another and I before I knew it, I was clicking the Checkout button at an e-commerce store.
But aside from the rice cooker, I also ended up buying myself a couple of things because I realized that they were a lot cheaper compared to those sold in brick and mortar shops. After a couple of days, my order was hand delivered to my doorstep. I was ecstatic when I opened the package because everything was as it was described on the website. The best part was I didn't even have to step out of my front door. I was able to shop for everything I needed sans stress from the lack of parking at the mall, annoying crowds, and long queues at the cashier. That was the beginning of my online shopping addiction.
Aside from the hassle-free experience that online shopping gives me, another reason I love it is because I have access to a wider variety of merchandise. I can shop from a store that's located in say, Bangkok, within the comforts of my living room. I also have access to items that aren't available in the US. The downside though is the shipping fee. However, I don't mind paying a little extra for the convenience.
Just the other day I was looking for a gift to give my sister who lives in Oahu. She's recently taken up surfing as a hobby and was asking me for a paddleboard for her birthday. I landed on shakasurfer.com in my search for the best standup paddle board or SUP for beginners. After getting a few recommendations, I started searching for a site that offered the best deals on SUPs. I found a website that was selling the exact SUP that I wanted to buy for my sister and the best part was they also offered free shipping to Oahu. To cut the long story short, I already bought the SUP and had it shipped directly to my sister in Oahu. She doesn't know that I already bought her gift so I'm very excited to see her reaction.
That's another thing I love about online shopping, I can buy gifts for friends and family who live in another state and have it hand delivered to their doorstep. This has allowed me to show the people I care about that I am thinking of them even if I am miles away. Indeed, the internet has made it a whole lot easier for people to connect even if they're on opposite ends of the world.