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New year shopping
Written by: Jiří Vašek
Thanks to the savings offered by online
merchants, the popularity of internet shopping increases each year. Today
7% of all consumer electronics and appliances are sold over the net.
In addition to a vast assortment, all sorts of sales are going on in
the wake of the Christmas season.
This site associates the largest group of e-shops, which
also offer expert consulting. Many people use them to get
ball-park information for buying modern technologies, whose
prices have fallen nicely with the dollar's decline. The
site gets about 30,000 hits a day. Some contact the mall
by just sending SMS messages to 736 393 652 inquiring about
a certain type of goods, and a couple of seconds later the
price comes back, while others use newly-opened brick-and-mortar
shops in Prague, Brno, and Ostrava for personal treatment.
The company offers free delivery, and you can unwrap, check,
and jointly confirm the guarantee with the driver, and even
pay COD for the goods.
Books make great gifts, especially from this Czech branch
of amazon.com, which offers10-15% discounted prices. The
shop, which Chip magazine this year named as the best Czech
e-shop, has over 11,000 titles from over 450 publishers.
Each week 20-50 new titles arrive at the warehouse and can
be delivered by mail or courier at a time the customer chooses.
A money-back guarantee and on-line complaint service are
a matter of course, and you can watch your order progress
online. The site also offers an overview of prepared books,
links to reviews, and a list of literary awards. It carries
music and multimedia, too.
When it opened a year ago at the end of September, this site
promised price comparisons of goods in e-shops, classic brick-and-mortar
stores, and retail chains. Just enter the name of the goods
or service you want, they said, and the customer could see
the places where individual items were cheapest. But this
great idea got hung up about half-way, the search engine
fumbles even basic terms, and the offer's minimal at best.
An unfortunate result to such a good idea.
This e-sales warehouse holds over 500,000 tires from 70 manufacturers
with substantially lower prices than you'll find elsewhere.
Buy four or more tires and delivery via PPL is free, otherwise
it costs CZK 100, the same as all orders under CZK 6,000
(free delivery is therefore rare).The shop offers mainly
expensive, high-quality names such as Pirelli, Continental,
Goodyear, and Firestone - all new and guaranteed, verifiable
by the DOT code on the tire wall. On the main page there
are quality tests of individual tires for your information,
and the staff can also provide help over the phone. Expect
your new tires within three days.
Another recipient of the Shop of the Year 2004 award, this
one focusing exclusively on kids' stuff. It carries a broad
spectrum of children's beds, chairs, carseats, and baby carriages,
as well as maternity fashions and a second-hand shop. You
can put goods in your shopping basket and change its content,
only registering when you're ready to buy. Purchases over
CZK 4,000 are delivered in Prague and throughout the country
for free - the company only charges for packaging or postage
if the order is sent COD. Most of the goods can be seen at
the brick-and-mortar Brouček a Beruška shops at the Průhonice
Hypernova and in Uhříněves.
This site contains an overview of building savings plans, including
fees for set-up and account management, and mainly interest rates
on deposits. Also, it shows daily reports on the construction industry,
a calendar of its events, and job openings.
Let yourself be inspired at this web site, and invest in over 100
funds with all sorts of investment strategies. They're all managed
by professionals from the ČSOB/KBC finance group. The basic requirements
are that you decide what type of strategy you want and open the
required investment account with a minimum CZK 5,000 or its equivalent
in foreign currency.
Are you traveling to a distant land and don't know if you need
a visa? Checking this site is more convenient and faster than
calling consulates. It has a list of countries with which the
Czech Republic has (or does not have) no-visa agreements, addresses
of their representation offices, and basic information on how
long it takes to get permission to enter the country, what needs
to be submitted, and how much it costs.
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