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For many people this is a time when shopping becomes an unavoidable task, even if they avoid it like the plague for the other 11 months of the year. Those of us who celebrate Christmas tend to buy gifts for our nearest and dearest. Sure, Christmas is essentially a religious holiday, but consumerism also plays a part in proceedings.

Once upon a time, not so long ago, shopping options were limited. You either went out to bricks-and-mortar stores to buy all that you needed to buy, or you turned to mail order catalogs. Now, the Web has opened up a whole new realm, and online shopping is literally big business. There is more choice open to each and every one of us, so we want to know which method you choose and how that affects your shopping experience.

This Week’s Question…

How Do You Shop For Christmas & Beyond?

In all honesty I suspect most of you reading this won’t exclusively use one of the following methods for shopping before, during, and after the holidays. Instead, you’ll use a combination. Feel free to tell us which is your preferred method, or alternatively list more than one website or app. If you shop offline then you can tell us why you haven’t yet caught the online shopping bug.

Websites

Is there a particular online retailer you use? Is Amazon DOWNLOAD Your Unofficial Amazon Trail Guide DOWNLOAD Your Unofficial Amazon Trail Guide Do you ever feel as if you could be shopping smarter when it comes to Amazon? That other people out there know the tricks to securing the best deals, free shipping and more? Well, it's... Read More your first port of call? Or are you addicted to eBay? How about the daily deal websites? Is price all-important when it comes to shopping online?

Apps

Is there a particular shopping app you use? Joel recently listed 8 of the best Tis The Season: 8 Great Shopping Apps [Android] Tis The Season: 8 Great Shopping Apps [Android] With Thanksgiving passing into memory, we now have to prepare for one of the most joyous and festive holidays of the year: Christmas! And, for better or worse, Christmas is the season where we need... Read More , but do you know of another that has helped you snag bargains? Do you check prices online against those in bricks-and-mortar stores?

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Offline

Is there a particular reason you don’t shop online? Do you like the chance to actually look at or try out products before you buy them? Does tradition always win out over convenience? Are you happy paying a higher price for service?

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, and the respect of other readers. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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