11 Reasons Why We Love Amazon

As its name implies, Amazon is a winding, veritable jungle chock-full of fabulous finds and steep discounts. Seriously. From hard-to-find makeup must-haves to designer duds, home necessities or the perfect gift for mom, dad, sister or lover, Amazon is practically sacred ground for shopaholics.

In no particular order, here are 11 reasons why we can spend hours (and hours and hours) browsing Amazon:

11 Reasons Why We Love Amazon

1. Super-Fast Shipping
We’ve all procrastinated on buying a gift for an event or a dress for an upcoming vacation. Amazon offers super-fast shipping options and, if you have Amazon Prime, upgraded fast-track shipping is free for many purchases. So you need a pair of red pumps for this weekend’s party? Order on Wednesday and they’ll be at your door by Friday.

2. Customer Reviews
Knowing what other people think of the product you’re about to buy is priceless information. Amazon’s star rating system and candid reviews always come in handy when making purchases, be they big-ticket items or super-cheap products.

3. Hard-to-Find and Discontinued Items in Stock
It’s near tragic when one of your staple items gets discontinued. While there’s clearly a limited supply of a discontinued product, Amazon often seems to deliver. The same can be said for new or popular products that are rarely in stock at your local bricks-and-mortar shops. That includes perfumes and eyeshadows, hair serums and lipsticks, and even edibles or home goods.

4. Large Range of Sizes Available
In the real world, those who cross over into “non-standard” sizes are forced to seek out a speciality shop. What’s worse, these specialty stores often charge top dollar for their goods, wreaking havoc on your poor wallet and causing unnecessary frustration. Whether you’re shopping outlier sizes in undergarments, shoes, apparel or even hats, Amazon has got you covered. Literally.

5. Awesome Search Functionality
Let’s face it, sometimes walking into a store causes sensory overload. And the bigger the store, the more distracted you get. Amazon, clearly, is a huge shopping outlet, but its fancy search engine allows you to narrow down your search by size, style (relaxed, contemporary, trending, etc.), seller, brand, color and so on.

6. Cheap Prices Across the Board
Even items that are brand-new can be found at a discount on Amazon. In fact, you’ll have a hard time finding anything being sold at the MSRP while shopping the site.

7. Easy, Comprehensive Return Policy
Whether you regret an impulse purchase, hate the actual color of the product, don’t like how something fits or the product arrived damaged, Amazon makes it easy to return anything. Their “A-to-Z Guarantee” protection covers buyers at no additional cost.

8. Shop From The Comfort Of Your Own Home
One of the biggest perks of any online store is that you get to shop from the comfort of your own home. Clearly, shopping online makes it easier for you to compare prices, shop around and make a decision you feel comfortable with.

Amazon takes the whole “shopping from home” thing to a whole new level, though, allowing you to buy everything from toilet paper (isn’t it annoying to haul that giant toilet paper package around the store?) to olive oil, printer ink, shampoo and beyond.

9. They Care About the Environment
Amazon makes it a goal to reduce their environmental impact. For example, the majority of Amazon orders are shipped in corrugated containers that contain 43 percent recycled materials and are 100 percent recyclable. In addition, Amazon uses “frustration-free” packaging. That means no hard plastic “clamshell” cases or plastic-coated wire ties, and a lot less–if any–tape.

10. Subscribe & Save Options
Ever run out of mascara, olive oil, coffee or feminine products? Amazon’s subscribe & save option sends you those very products–and many others–once every month, two months, six or whatever frequency you desire. And if it isn’t enough for them to take the weight of remembering off your shoulders, they offer this service at a discounted price.

11. Makes Gifting Easy
Amazon is the place to go when shopping for gifts. For one thing, lots of couples register at Amazon for weddings and baby showers. Also, because it’s such a diverse marketplace, you’ll be able to find everything for everyone, including grills for dad, toys for your niece, spa products for mom and everything in between. Oh, and when in doubt, an Amazon gift card is always accepted with open arms.

WendyRG

WendyRG

Wendy is a freelance writer who lives in Phoenix. Wendy's specialty is fashion and beauty and her work can be found both online and in print. She's written for myriad publications and blogs, including Glamour Magazine, Yahoo! Shine, Tyra Banks' TypeF.com, the Huffington Post, StyleList.com, Latest-Hairstyles.com. She also serves as Style Editor at AOL Shopping. She believes that every day should be a good hair day and that you should never leave the house without a fabulous pair of shoes.
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