Category Archives: Site Notes

Thoughts, reviews, and interesting notes about random sites.

Online Bargain Shopping

The Internet not only reinvented social attitudes and trends, it brought into existence a whole new way of commerce. Most notably known as eCommerce, online shopping is perhaps one of the most dynamic areas of the Internet. Remember when Amazon first advertised during the Superbowl? Nowadays, online merchants like Buy.com, Overstock.com, and eBay are big name merchants with mass popular appeal. About the only thing that has stopped ecommerce from growing has been the identity theft crisis. A problem which companies like Microsoft and Google are trying to resolve as quickly as possible. However it is still possible to shop online and find some interesting bargains in the process if you know where to look that is.

Shop Smarter

Before heading out on the Internet to do your bargain hunting, it is best to protect yourself and your money. You should setup a separate checking account for all your online purchasing. This way if the account is compromised, the damage will hopefully be minimized to that one account and not your main checking account. I recommend opening the checking account at a completely different bank or institution as well. Some banks even offer online purchasing protection for free, so read carefully and compare different institutions.

Next you can setup a PayPal account and associate it with your new checking account. Although not all online merchants accept PayPal, many merchants do and occasionally you will find some merchants even offer a slight discount to PayPal users. Plus if you want to buy anything on eBay, it is easier to just use PayPal, since PayPal offers buyer protection for inexpensive eBay purchases.

You should also think about applying for a new credit card that you will reserve only for online purchasing. As with the checking account, many institutions offer various buyer protection plans, so shop carefully and find a card that offers the best incentives for you.

Bargain Hunter Sites

Unlike the local mall, the Internet not only offers plenty of places to shop, it also offers plenty of help in finding good bargains. Bargain and deal sites are plentiful and they really do help you track down good deals. The important thing to keep in mind is that not all of these sites give you unbiased opinions, many times bargain sites only work with select merchants, so it is best to use a variety of bargain deal sites, and not rely on anyone exclusively.

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Papa John’s Pizza

I have been meaning to start blogging about some web sites that I find appealing for some reason or another, and so without any particular deep thought, my first Site Note is about the one site that I go to when I’m really feeling lazy and need to order some food.

I am talking about PapaJohns.com, which is the only pizza web site that lets me order online in my area and which actually delivers the pizza too! I have tried other sites from other competitors but they never get the orders, and I end up calling the order in, or like Pizza Hut, they actually do not have online ordering in my area.

Perhaps the best features about PapaJohns, besides the online pizza ordering is that the site is responsive, simple, and although you have to login to order anything, retrieving your password is very easy to do. Competitors should learn from PapaJohn’s site, because ease of use is the number one reason I end up ordering from their site, even when Pizza Hut and a couple of other competitors are actually closer to my house. The only complaint is that the website does not take any of the local coupon codes that I get in the mail.

If you must know, I do not work for PapaJohns Pizza or any of its competitors. I just enjoy ordering an occasional pizza with chicken strips (highly recommend the Hot Buffalo Sauce and Honey Mustard Dip), and hope that they will bring back the Spicey Meatball Pizza.