Are tablets changing the way we shop?


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Author's Note: Are tablets changing the way we shop?

Shopping in the middle of the night on a tablet from bed is a weakness of mine. I'm especially vulnerable to the daily deal and t-shirt sites in the wee hours of the morning when insomnia has me, so I can see how and why people spend more on their tablets than phones. It's easier to leisurely peruse the big pretty images and read pages of product information on a tablet than on a phone. Not to mention the larger virtual keyboard.

The phone, however, really does come in handy for review reading and comparison shopping while wandering around a store. It has kept me from making many an in-person impulse buy and aided me in making more informed decisions on what I do end up purchasing. My Consumer Reports subscription helps, too, and more often than not, I log into it via my phone while I'm looking at electronics.

Researching this article has verified that I am a statistic, and possibly a shopaholic. For the good of my finances, perhaps I need to concentrate on more productive uses for my mobile devices, like money management, gaming or e-book reading. Although those generally require purchases, too.

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