13 Ways to Grab Hot Online Buys Without Getting Burned

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Ylonda Caviness on Nov 2, 2009 at 1:19PM

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a Ylonda Caviness on Nov 2, 2009 at 1:19PM

If you want to trim untold hours of frustration off your to-do list, Internet shopping is the way to go. No camp-outs in the mall parking lot. No sale-crazed crowds. And if done right, you not only save yourself time and hassle—you save money. Cyber Monday, which happens the Monday after Thanksgiving, offers every bit of the bargain bedlam as Black Friday—only you get to stay in your jammies.

So whether you’re a Web-dealing diva or a ‘Net newbie, before you hit “submit,” follow these tips.

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This time of year, surprises are highly over-rated in our humble opinions. You’ve got better things to do than play “who-wants-what.” Wish lists are the way to go. Many websites offer this simple service, including Amazon, Kaboodle and WishList.com. This year, Toys "R" Us launches a Wish List service of its own. Kids don’t get carte blanche. You work together tailoring a list based on age-appropriateness, interest and ability. You can create, update and maintain it at Toysrus.com.

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