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You'd shop Online if you figured out exactly how much YOU are really worth - per hour!

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Like many of you, there was a time when "shopping" for me meant an actual physical trip to the stores - then along came the internet age and along with it the usual skepticism about whether consumers would flock en masse to the internet. Well....are we ever! According to the Neilson report, close to 1,000,000,000 people (yeah - that's a BILLION!) from around the world have bought something online recently. Not online are people sitting in front of their computers shopping, but they're on their smart phones while sitting by the pool, waiting in the lobby or at the cafe -  ordering everything from books to laptops, bikinis, airline tickets, games and automobiles.

Then there are those who still trek for hours and drive waaaaayyy too many miles down to the mall or the retail store to make that electronics purchase or try on that garment for size rather than make those few clicks, enter payment data and hit "SEND". I used to do that quite frequently - until I calculated the actual cost of my time in dollars! Apart from factoring in the cost of gas, wear and tear on your vehicle, the usual traffic congestion, reckless drivvers (hmmm.....others - of course! HEE!) etc. I figured MY TIME alone was worth at least US$1,000 an hour (OK....so maybe that's another blog topic). Hey - even if, let's say "Jim Smith" figures HIS TIME is only worth US$10 an hour - and he lives in a typical U.S. suburb, the drive downtown to the local mall would take about 40 minutes, if you factor in traffic and the search for a parking spot, walking from your vehicle etc.

Getting ready (dress, keys etc.) should add another 15 to 30 minutes. Don't forget you're going to have to double that road trip by two for the return and you're at 110 minutes before taking into account making your way to to the store, maybe wandering over to the electronics and perhaps the DVD/ Gaming store on the ground floor......you get the picture. Even if you were super efficient, chances are, the trip to the store to buy that $19 Memory Stick ended up costing you an extra 3 hours of your time ; plus more likely than not and extra $8 in gas money; let's not forget the $16 you dropped for those cheese burgers, milkshakes, apple pies and french fries for little Johnny and Gracie; the $3 parking fee and maybe you'll even fork out another $5 for that road or bridge tol. Add 3 x $10 and that's an extra $30. Suffice to say, that simple $19 purchase could very easily TRIPLE in real world tangible costs to you!!

The fact is - it's truly invaluable taking a few seconds to evaluate the monetary value of your time and the opportunity costs involved if you don't do your shopping online.

Imagine this - simply make a few clicks online - maybe (or more than likely) get a huge discount off all your purchases - AND each time you shop on www.8BillionBUYERS.com, get the added satisfaction of knowing that you've also just made a generous contribution to a worthy Cause or Organization of your choice!  *N - I -C - E!!  :-D


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