I probably bought about 1/4 of my purchases last year online. I think I'll buy even more this year. With free shipping and the deals, it's a no brainer to me. I've got to admit though, I tried to shop for a dishwasher, but that wouldn't work. From the pics and descriptions I couldn't tell if it had what I wanted: *silverware on door *easy moveable top rack-easy being the prime consideration. With the age my children are and the limited number of 'outsiders' I have to buy for, online shopping will work for me. *cd's/dvds *computer software *books *purses *kitchen gadgets and small appliances I'm not spending as much this year, one way to make sure I don't is to do it online. My only decision now is whether or not to get each gift wrapped or do it myself.