Last minute shoppers, try the Internet, but beware!


Tuesday, December 18th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


It seems the holidays have come early for on-line shoppers this season, at least for the true procrastinator. Unlike before, many Internet retailers are making demanding deadlines for last-minute deliveries. Even so, many stores are reporting their sales are up in cyber-space.

News on Six Reporter Jenni Monet says when it comes to holiday shopping; the Internet can really be your best friend. But, in your haste to order gifts in these final days, what is relatively inexpensive could cost you big in the end. From fighting lines at the register, "I hate the crowds." To working around the holiday crowds, "If I can avoid the crowds, I will." It's why shoppers like Susie Malone are turning to cyberspace for all her last minute holiday needs. "If it's books or something like that, I'll go on-line”

In fact, with the holiday just days away, many retailers are finding their customers are literally just a click away. Shawn McKay with Salsa and Mango on South Peoria, "The response to our website has been enormous." For one Tulsa novelty shop, it credits cyber-space sales for a boost in business this year. "We have these bracelets." Where lately, an estimated 20 packages of custom bracelets, and bath and body products are mailed out each day. "We have them coming from all over the country. If you want it we'll get it to you. It just depends on how much you want to spend."

But buyer beware, many on-line shopping services will charge you big for speedy deliveries, and you'll find many are drawing deadlines for shipping earlier this year. Malone, "If I can find what I want it's worth it if it means beating these crowds, I hate it."

And by the way, if you are shopping by surfing the web, don't wait until the last minute.Amazon.com says orders placed on Christmas Eve won't arrive in time for the holiday. The last day to get guaranteed on-time delivery is this Sunday, but that's using express shipping.