Think Twice Before Buying These Items Online (and Save)

February 8th, 2020

These days, you can find just about anything online, from automobiles to that one type of tea you had one time five years ago. Plus, it’s convenient as heck—who doesn’t love finishing errands without leaving their couch or even their pajamas? However, just because you can buy everything on the internet doesn’t mean you should

The internet is helpful because it allows you to quickly compare prices, find exactly what item you want, and get coupons. Regardless of the price, though, there are some things that are almost never worth buying online. 

Why’s this? Well, some items are easier than others to buy. If you’re buying a new shirt from a new site, you might not have a good idea of the fit, and then you’ll have to deal with returns. Sometimes, you may also be able to get a better deal in the store, especially if you use coupons or can negotiate with a salesperson. Here are some other items that are better bought in person.


Though a website can give you some great inspiration, it doesn’t always give you an accurate picture of the furniture’s size or color. Plus, it’s impossible to tell how comfortable a piece of furniture is just from the internet alone. In a store, you can get a feel for the piece and make sure it matches your existing decor. You may also be able to save on shipping costs this way.


As you probably well know, mattresses are not one size fits all. Whether a mattress is comfortable depends on a number of personal factors like your height, weight, and preferred sleeping position. Online reviews may be helpful, but nothing is going to help you decide like some good, old-fashioned testing.


You may be able to get away with buying small appliances online, but you might want to save your next refrigerator purchase for a brick-and-mortar store. This way, you can ask questions, compare models, and see the appliance up close. 


Comparing models and knowing what you want ahead of time is a good idea. However, actually buying cars online is risky. If you’re buying a used car, it’s a much better idea to take the car for a ride and ask a trusted mechanic to take a look at it first. The last thing you want is to buy a car online and find out it doesn’t work properly.


Nowadays, there are all kinds of services that allow you to buy groceries online. This can be a wonderful option for people who have a difficult time leaving the house. On the other hand, you may not receive the same quality produce you’d get if you shopped in the store. Additionally, you might not save all that much. Stores may also run out of some of the items you order, leading to more headaches for you.

The bottom line? Looking online first can give you a good idea of what’s out there. It can also help you compare prices and find coupons, which you can use in-store to save even more. (Especially if you visit stores with price-matching!) With purchases like furniture, mattresses, appliances, and cars, you’ll usually have better luck negotiating a better deal in person, too.

Want to save more on everyday purchases? Check out our list of this week’s best discounts!

Are there items you only purchase online? Things you only purchase in-store? Let us know in the comments below!

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