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10 Great Deals That Usually Aren't


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Online Sales
Online purchases come with hefty shipping and processing fees attached.
Online purchases come with hefty shipping and processing fees attached.
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What's the point of saving a buck of two off retail prices when you're shelling out twice as much (or more) for shipping? It's easy to let low-priced bargains pile up in your electronic shopping cart and overlook the rapidly accumulating shipping charges.

Before you stock up online, find a site that offers free or discounted shipping rates. And, unless you simply can't live another day without that suede fuchsia handbag, you should never pay more for express shipping. Getting your online bargain buys a few days sooner isn't worth wasting all the money you just saved -- it'd be the same as paying standard retail. Where's the victory in that?


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