Ten on Tuesday, the mail-order edition.

The topic for this Tuesday is Ten Favorite Mail Order Catalogs. Once again, I must quibble: who actually uses catalogs any more? Not I. Twelve or fifteen years ago I decided that the only catalogs I would order from were Land’s End and L.L. Bean, no others. I was receiving way more catalogs than I had time to look at or had need of. The two I kept offered great products, great service, and low shipping cost.

That cut down on the catalog overload… a bit.

Then along came the internet and internet shopping. Hello, Amazon and ContactsOnline.com! I pretty much stopped ordering from catalogs entirely. More recently I have used Catalog Choice to opt out of as many catalogs as possible. Certain vendors — I’m looking at you, KnitPicks — don’t seem to have gotten the message, but overall the incoming flood has slowed to a trickle. Fewer trees being cut down, less paper to recycle. Win-win.

Therefore, instead of giving you a list of my favorite mail order catalogs, I shall give you my ten favorite places to shop online.

kmkat™’s Ten Favorite Shopping Sites

  1. Amazon. Isn’t this everyone’s favorite site?
  2. Webs. Ditto.
  3. Knit PIcks. Ditto, again.
  4. The Loopy Ewe. Again with the ditto.
  5. eBay.
  6. ThinkGeek.com
  7. My library’s online catalog. Better than any shopping site; it is free 😉
  8. Ravelry. *Shopping* for ideas counts, right?

Clearly, I don’t do enough shopping — I ran out of sites!

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0 Responses to Ten on Tuesday, the mail-order edition.

  1. Carole says:

    Yeah, I know, it’s easier and faster to order online. I still like looking through catalogs, though. I think my all time fav is the LL Bean Home catalog. It’s good for dreaming!

  2. Chris says:

    The Book Depository: Free shipping worldwide, no minimum order! Very handy for sending gifts to friends internationally.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Interesting tidbit: Did you know Canadians don’t use mail order catalogues nearly as much as their American neighbours? I guess this would apply to a lesser extent to online shopping. Mainly because most of the available catalogues are from the US (never really caught on here amongst ourselves), so there is the dollar exchange (although this is currently in our favour) and the duty, which combined doubles the price.
    That said, it’s always thrilling to get something in the mail or delivered to your house!

  4. Kym says:

    I’ve cut WAY back on the number of catalogs I receive. . . but I still like getting a few of them (too pricey to order from, actually, but fun to dream a little). As far as running out of sites. . . when you have Amazon as your #1 site. . . really. . . how many more would you need? 😉

  5. claire says:

    sierratradingpost.com and the ones you mention above.

  6. Nichole says:

    Fellow Amazon junkie here… just posted my list!

  7. k says:

    Mine are Add All, (comparative prices on used books), Daniel Smith (art supply porn, and a real downfall) and Rio Grande for metalworking supplies. I do like getting Knitpicks in the mail, and we should talk about the ten or fifteen garden catalogs I got this year. For yarn I try to go to the in-town yarn store, although she does most of her sales on-line. I’m old fashioned, I guess.

  8. Erika says:

    The phrase “mail order catalog” is definitely a blast from the past!
    I have been shopping a lot at borders.com in the last six months. If you sign up for their Rewards Program and emails, they send you a 40% off coupon at least once a week. Brand-new books for the price of used? Yes please!
    (No wonder they’re going under!)

  9. soxanne says:

    I would add:
    abebooks.com (especially good for out of print)
    cafepress.com (lots of cool knitting stuff including bumper stickers)
    etsy.com (don’t buy much but love to browse for ideas)

  10. Cookie says:

    I agree with you. I can’t remember the last time I ordered something from a catalog. Sort of a quaint idea at this point when you consider the easy and speed with which we can shop online.
    Although, I do think we need to get you a new hobby or two so you can stalk more sites. ;^)

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  13. bullwinkle says:

    😉 Dude gets credit card offers. (Makes me wonder what he’s done in his previous life.) This topic made me figure out how to get him off the lists. And then I added him to catalog registry to make those stop too.
    And then I was going to post that but life got in the way.

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