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Comparative Shopping Essay

The data to be compared here are the prices of different online stores on the same product, and the total price of three products for two different states.  First, I selected three products that I would like to buy given that I am shopping for my company, Financial Outsourcing, Inc.  These three products are the Manual Saddle Stapler, the CoilPRO Monthly Planner, and the HP 2600N Laser Printer.  I also selected an online store where I will buy these three products.  The online store I chose is Shoplet.com.  The Manual Saddle Stapler costs $87.91 in this store, the CoilPRO Monthly Planner costs $13.18, and the HP 2600N Printer costs $395.00 (as of November 16, 2006).

I then computed the total price of these products (not including shipping) and then added my home state’s (New York) sales tax (4%) to the total price.  The over-all total price is $515.93.  Then I compared this price to the price I will get if I lived in Florida (6%).  The over-all total price in Florida is $525.86.  Notice that the two sales taxes are different since the taxes depend on the wealth of the state and the amount of the government service the state is

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I also compared the prices of the laser printer in two other online stores.  I found out that in CompUSA.com, the amount of the same printer is $399.99, five dollars more than that in Shoplet.com.  However, in Bestbuy.com, the same printer costs almost fifteen dollars less than that in Shoplet.com — $379.99.  Thus, it is advisable to research first the prices of products in different stores before buying it.  This is because some stores offer great discounts on their products.  However, it is better if one also researches on the quality of the product sold at a particular store to ensure that one got a good buy.  This is the benefit of online comparative shopping.


STORE: Shoplet.com      
Manual Saddle Stapler 87.91    
CoilPRO Monthly Planner 13.18    
HP 2600N Laser Printer 395    
TOTAL PRICE 496.09    
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New York Sales Tax 19.8436 Florida Sales Tax 29.7654
TOTAL CREDIT CARD PRICE 515.9336   525.8554


Discount Office Supplies.   Retrieved November 16, 2006, from www.shoplet.com

Top Matching Products for “laser printer”.   Retrieved November 16, 2006, from http://shopper.cnet.com/4144-3159_9-0.html?query=laser%20printer&fOrder=1000036&1000036=2792031&tag=dffl_facet2_value1

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