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May 11, 2012
May 11, 2012
Zappos.Com=Get Shoes at a Good Price Quickly and at Your Front Door
Zappos.com is a great website, that I have had a lot of luck with. True, I could go to brick and mortar stores, but I like ordering from a source that I trust on the Internet. I get to save on hiking and running shoes, which I go through with extraordinary speed. This is not all distance or terrain related, but due to a strange gait, flat feet, and overall just plain bad luck. While sometimes you can find deals at outlet types of malls, if you close to one, its often much easier just to hop on the net. From the convenience of home, especially if you know your size(that varies with brands for whatever reason), and what you are looking for you are fine. Often, what I do is look at a shoe in the store, try them on, and then order them from here.
Yes, I'm that guy. Sorry to the sales people that work at stores, but I often find my hiking and running shoes here, for anywhere from 10-50% less. They have discontinued shoes, that often represent a great value. Also, they seem to have "ugly" shoes, that have color schemes that didn't go over so well on the store shelves. Here's where you can find some bargains, if you don't care what you look like, when you are running a 5k, 10k, or half marathon. The closeout specials can offer surprises. Isn't it annoying how most internet sites, have limited sizes available on these? At http://www.zappos.com I don't have that issue, although of course, they won't always have every size available. (That being either the overall length or width)
As for selection, its a great site. They have every brand I can possibly think of, and their search engine is blazing fast. You can select shoes by type, brand, size, price. This will narrow down your choices in no time. I love how the screen just goes from one to another with no issues, and that you can make the images bigger, just in case you want a closer look at a particular shoe. For my fellow crazy runners, this is a good place to find Nike's at a good cost, and they have every other possible running shoe available. Hunting shoes along with work boots can be bought here, and navigating through the screens is simple. If you have any questions, you can ask or place an order at 1-800-927-7671 too. Yet the best feature, is the "online help." Click on that icon, and a real person with fast typing skills, will be able to assist you in finding the right shoes. Each of their representatives types at least 50 wpm, which is great for the sake of convenience.
Once shoes are added to your cart, shipping is free. They have a year guarantee on your satisfaction, and also returns can be done for no cost as well. That's right, door to door. Their shipping is handled through UPS, and my average delivery time is 3-5 business days. That's pretty good, and all orders have been correct, and not damaged or having any defects on arrival. You can sign up for occasional on line promotions, with your email address, and I like how they are a member of the BBB, and their site is secured for your protection. They accept all forms of credit cards, and also you can buy shoes from them with paypal. That is neat, and it takes no time for the order to be processed, and to have a printable receipt, along with email updates. I like Zappos, and am more than happy to recommend them. They are now getting more into the clothing and sports related market, so expect them to become even more popular than they already are.