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How much of your holiday shopping are you doing online?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on December 13, 2006

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Photo of David Haley

“Probably only about 10 percent so far. I believe in keeping the sales tax in Kansas. I would do more online, but the state loses the sales tax when you do that.”

Photo of Dane O'Hara

“Not a bit. I need to go and see it and hold it in my hand.”

Photo of Jenny Ryschon-Knight

“I’ve done the bulk of it online this year. I love online shopping - it rocks. No waiting, no lines and so far nothing has been back-ordered. It makes it so easy. Plus it’s kind of like Christmas for me when it comes in the mail.”

Photo of Jonathan Petry

“None. I’m too lazy to go online and shop. I guess I like to see things before I buy them anyway.”


sgtwolverine 11 years, 4 months ago

Since my family draws names, I don't have too much to do, but I will be buying one item online.

Unix_Admin 11 years, 4 months ago

All of it. Why bother fighting the crowds when you don't have to.

sublime 11 years, 4 months ago

I did about 90% of my shopping on line.It was nice to have the gifts shipped straight to the folks I was buying for.As for my wife and kids, I shopped here in town and at the mall in Topeka.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 4 months ago

I bought myself a Makita jobsite radio online for Xmas because no one in town had them available. They are new to the market. WOW what a great sound. It will come in handy when the electric goes out.

The greater majority of our shopping was done at The Toy Store on Mass Street. Age is no barrier when it comes to mind games,board games and "educational" items. No doubt what little is left to be done will be done downtown.

If only I could figure out a way to ship a jug of Free State Copperhead to my father-in-law in Pennsylvania and my brother-in-law in Florida.

Enjoy the holidays everyone...

jonas 11 years, 4 months ago

Having not had the chance to do any shopping at all up to this point, I'll have to do the greater percentage off-line, methinks. We did, however, buy one of our friends a laser-sighted marshmallow gun! We bought it on-line.

trinity 11 years, 4 months ago

dane said-"I need to go and see it and hold it in my hand." I CONCUR! ;)

can we talk about the campanille again, can we huh can we???

i've not done any online shopping this year-too broke&by the time i get some $$ to spend-it'll be too late! :(

KS 11 years, 4 months ago

As much as possible. David Haley's comment is spoken like a true liberal. There is never a tax that they don't like. I dislike paying parking meters more. They forget about the taxes that everyone in the chain pays along the way.

Bone777 11 years, 4 months ago

Most of it. I buy a lot of magizines, gum, lighters.....

Ooops. I thought the question said in line.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 4 months ago

I've done some of it on-line. If I can't find it in a store, I'll get it on-line and fork up the shipping cost. I do more on-line shopping every year because I hate fighting the crowds.

What I hate about on-line shopping: paying $5.35 shipping on an item that only costs $5.00. Anyone know where I can get some "bling" dots?

Sgt, I can't decide which I need more...a new camera or barstools. Somehow, I think I know which you would choose. :)

tyger_lily 11 years, 4 months ago

Amazon is having a heck of a sale on thier 1st Season DVD sets, the majority of my shopping has been done with them. I fought the Black Friday crowds when I was back home in Salina. So much easier to point and click, no people to deal with.

trinity 11 years, 4 months ago

hey tyger-about how quick is amazon to ship your stuff?

sgtwolverine 11 years, 4 months ago

Sue, definitely a new camera. I would recommend you keep your Danish torture chairs to discourage loitering in your house. Otherwise R_I might stay longer.

What? Who typed that?! Shame. I promise a full investigation into this issue.

budwhysir 11 years, 4 months ago

I dont think it is shopping without the crowds and massive amount of money spent on gas. Besides, what is the challenge in shopping without having to find all of the crowds that shuffle colds back and forth to each other. Can you have a redneck christmas with a computer?? No this would take the challenge out of trying to hall that big screen tv in the back of my honda hatch back.

acg 11 years, 4 months ago

No way! Online shopping for Christmas presents? That takes away from the joy of the season. I mean, seriously folks, nothing quite beats the feelings of shlepping thru a crowded store, babies crying, odiferous folks of all sorts bumping into you, trying to find that one perfect gift for that great aunt on your mother's side whose name you can never seem to remember. Online shopping takes away from dashing thru cold parking lots, after an hour of circling, looking for a space within a half mile's distance of the store's front door and finally getting there only to discover that nothing is left on the shelves. And who can forget the salvation army bell ringers. Nothing says the birth of our Lord quite like grizzled, angry, chain smoking "volunteers" shaking that shrill bell of guilt and anxiety in your face as you enter and exit the store, shooting you that look of "you haven't given enough, you cheap basta*d" as you pass by. Yeah, I love the holidays. Somebody pour me a drink, please.

trinity 11 years, 4 months ago

hah, acg, great post!!!

<<<passin' ya the rumnogg

Linda Aikins 11 years, 4 months ago

Sears has some cool Craftsman bar stools for you, Sue!

Trininty, I figured you would be the first to latch onto the "in my hand" thing! I'm so proud of you!

craigers 11 years, 4 months ago

As for Haley's comment, you are supposed to still pay sales tax. I believe that is called tax evasion.

I have done more looking for gifts online and then going to the store to purchase them. I don't like seeing the warnings about shipping being delayed during the holidays. I'm always afraid the package will never make it.

SpeedRacer 11 years, 4 months ago

I bought 1 item on-line, but I have been using on-line catalogues looking for the best bargains before I venture out to the store.

SpeedRacer 11 years, 4 months ago

Jonas, where did you find the marshmallo gun? My nephew wants one.

alm77 11 years, 4 months ago

I bought my daughters gift online, because the only stores for American Girl Dolls are in Chicago and New York....

Everything else is from The Toy Store (Gift wrapping is FREE and looks so good under our tree.) or the Game Nut.

jonas 11 years, 4 months ago

Speedracer: Skymall.

Oh yeah. And, Speed, the bridge is out up ahead! You're in danger!

KsTwister 11 years, 4 months ago

Bought some CD's for nieces and nephews from Amazon,after searching everywhere and saved $6-8 on each and received in three days. Overall I would feel pretty good but the property tax bill came the same day. Go figure.

trinity 11 years, 4 months ago

ah, thank ya, thank ya very much gootsie! ;)

comments such as that just cannot go unnoticed! :)

shopping for gifts-bah, humbug! :( i usually prowl the stores verry early in the a.m. in hopes of avoiding screamin' crowds; but danged if the floor polisher doesn't seem to FOLLOW me!

angelofmine 11 years, 4 months ago

I've done the majority of my shopping online, and its been wonderful. I don't like the crowds, and the attitude that some people get during the holiday shopping period is pretty disgusting. Most of the bigger stores have sales online as well as free shipping, so its actually cheaper for me than traveling to Lawrence or Kansas City.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 4 months ago

speedracer, my girlie made her own marshmellow gun out of pvc pipe/elbows, etc. Doesn't have the cool laser scope but it works great. You could just cut up the parts and give them as a "do-it-yourself" kit complete w/ bag of mini-mellows (or snowman poop). It'll only cost a few dollars!!!

sunflower_sue 11 years, 4 months ago

sgt, I'm sooooo getting the camera...the hubby wants me to be happy. :):):) (He says if the company wants comfey stools they can bring their own.)

stargazer 11 years, 4 months ago

hmmmmmm shouldn't the question of the day be "How much of your holiday shopping are u doing at Yellow House?". They are having a special. Yellow Tag Closing Store Sale.

tyger_lily 11 years, 4 months ago

Posted by trinity hey tyger-about how quick is amazon to ship your stuff?

-- I did the Super Saver free shipping and I started to get packages in 3 days. I ordered 7 items and it is being shipped out in 5 different packages. Can't go wrong with 1st season DVD sets for $9 bucks and free shipping!

ms_canada 11 years, 4 months ago

For one who totally despises shopping of any sort, you would think that I shop online for everything, but truth to tell never bought a thing other that a movie from eBay once. We don't give a lot of gifts in our family. I only give 8 gifts. Hubby, 3 kids, 4 grandkids. Oh yes, forgot, I bought my sister an office chair at Staples when in San Diego. It was on Black Friday and got a real deal. We used to exchange with inlaws and all their assorted family but that stopped years ago when the family became too large. The best thing about Christmas is getting together with family and exchanging hugs and kisses.

betti81 11 years, 4 months ago

please, please, please shop online if you are grumpy. i am currently working a second job at a major department store in a mall. it sucks and i hate all of you grumpy, lazy*ss shoppers. can't find your size...try freakin' reading the tags. are we sold out of the item you wanted...don't yell at me, try coming in before 9pm. want that extra 10% off, apply for the freakin' credit card (and if you know you have bad credit, please don't waste my time and no, i will NOT give you the 10% anyway), bathe before shopping (or at least sometime during the previous week--and if you don't have a place to bathe, i don't think you can afford that non-essential item). and if i have a line of 10 people at my register and the NICE old lady i am helping is taking a bit too long for your tastes to ready herself before leaving, do not push your way past her and throw your stuff on the counter...

now, that said. i have only bought one item online...sheesh what a hypocrite ;)

mockingbird 11 years, 4 months ago

I've purchased one item on line so far this Christmas season. Thankfully the shipping company require a signature and won't just leave it on the doorstep. The only problem with that is I'm never at home during regular business hours. Guess next time I'll have it shipped to my work address where I spend most of my days.

SpeedRacer 11 years, 4 months ago

Thanks, jonas. Skymall has some pretty cool stuff. I think I might get "The One Ring". Then I will be all powerful!!!

SpeedRacer 11 years, 4 months ago

Well, that's as good a reason as any for me not to buy from the internet anymore.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 4 months ago

Someone is suffering from "over inflated ego." Must be a compensation for other short-comings. It's almost as lame as me touting "I have a diverse portfolio, so you all are paying for my retirement! Bawhahaha!" Yes, very lame!

middleoftheroader 11 years, 4 months ago

Absolutely none at all, only because i don't have a credit card, otherwise I would.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 4 months ago

Sue, Be careful or you will get disappeareded.

I would miss you.



ohjayhawk 11 years, 4 months ago

This will be the first year in several that I have not purchased anything online... kind of strange.

H_Lecter 11 years, 4 months ago

Someone's been drinking again. Bet it wouldn't be hard to figure out which website they're connected to...

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