Comparing online sites for back to school shopping

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- Shopping online might seem like a time-saving, hassle-free alternative to heading to your local big-box store, but there may be some unforeseen obstacles that could throw you for a loop.

KRQE News 13 took the same supply list we shopped for at Target and Walmart to put two online retailers to the test.

Our first stop was Amazon.com.

The task seemed simple enough. There are hundreds of thousands of items available at your fingertips. Plus, some of the prices seemed unbelievable, one cent for a box of markers. It seemed too good to be true and it was.

Half an hour later, after we had loaded up our virtual shopping cart with all of the items on our North Star list, we proceeded to checkout. We signed up for a free two-month trial of Amazon Prime to get free, two-day shipping, but the shipping wasn’t free.

That one cent box of markers actually cost us $5. After a staggering price for shipping, we went back through our list and selected my items again. This time, we made sure we wouldn’t be charged for shipping.

Another hold up on this site were add-on items. They may seem like good deals, but they don’t ship right away with your order.

After a second round on the site, our total without free shipping was $120 dollars, almost $30  more than Target and $45 more than Walmart.

However, Staples.com was a lot easier to navigate. Every time we put an item into our cart, suggestions for more supplies popped up, saving us the time of looking up each individually. But that’s not to say there weren’t a few snags.

Several of the items we needed were out of stock, which left us paying a little more for an alternative. That being said, our total without tax was just a few dollars less than our Target tab. With tax, the total would have been $97.46.

Tax free weekend begins Friday. With that in mind, we checked the totals of the North Star items we bought at Target and Walmart. Without tax, our $92 dollar tab at Target drops to $86. At Walmart, the total becomes $69.

Our Ventana Ranch items would have cost $47 without tax at Target and $30 at Walmart.

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