If you can't find what you're looking for in your neighborhood stores, chances are it's available somewhere on the Internet. On-line book and music stores can carry far more titles than even the largest retail outlet could hold. Gourmet foods are readily available from merchants in this country and around the globe. Instead of sending flowers by phone, you can use the Internet to see photos and pick your favorite bouquet. Major retailers have discovered that they can present their merchandise simply and effectively through web sites. There are even on-line shopping malls that give you the opportunity to browse through a variety of shops. For one-of-a-kind items, you might try one or more of the on-line auctions. Items in a number of categories are put up for auction every day. Finally, there's Usenet, where buyers and sellers can post messages offering items for sale or merchandise desired. Even if the weather outside is terrible, the Internet offers you a world of shopping possibilities. Just use your favorite search engine to find what you're looking for, and have your credit card handy.
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