5 Online Shopping Tips for Kids' Clothing

If your kid is picky about colors, patterns or cuts, get them in on the online shopping process. See more parenting pictures.
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From strategies to superstitions to near-obsessive price comparisons, we all have our tricks for finding good deals online. For children's clothing, some of us buy winter coats when they go on sale in the spring, while others buy batches of discounted clothing at auction Web sites. No matter what your approach, there's always room for improvement. After all, the online shopping environment goes through changes, in the form of new stores and new sales, far more often than traditional retail stores like the big box anchor at your local mall.

The local mall (or any other brick-and-mortar store, for that matter) isn't even the No. 1 holiday shopping destination anymore. It's been usurped by an ever-evolving collection of retailers hawking their wares on the Internet. According to Deloitte's 2011 survey, half of all polled consumers planned to do their holiday shopping online.

And this shift didn't only apply to gifts -- or to the holidays. Year-round, online retailers are becoming an increasingly popular destination for those who shop for children's clothing, too. In the midst of this e-boom, there are a few key strategies that can help you get the best deals on quality clothes for your kids. We've collected five of our favorite tips -- and it all starts with refusing to pay retail. See how on the next page.