Online Toy Shopping

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Some experts consider play time to be work for children, a critical part of their development. As work, kids need the right tools to get the job done well: good toys. We've selected some helpful Web sites that can teach you the importance of "child's play" and how to equip your kids with safe toys that will keep them happy, engaged, and active.

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Online Toy Shopping

If you’ve ever tried to navigate a toy store with children in tow, you understand the pleasure of buying toys online: no lines, no parking hassles, no trips to the bathroom, and best of all, no whining. Whether you’re shopping for your kids, someone else’s, or yourself, the following Web sites can help.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • When shopping online, make sure there is a padlock icon on the lower right of the browser (indicating a secure connection) before entering any personal or financial information. Also, look for Web site addresses that begin with “https” rather than just “http.” The “s” stands for “secure” and won’t typically appear until the checkout process. For more tips about becoming a savvy online shopper, visit our findingDulcinea Shopping Web Guide.
  • Before doing business with an unfamiliar online company, check its reputation with an organization like the Better Business Bureau, which works to protect consumers from fraudulent business practices.
  • National chain stores such as Wal-Mart and Toys “R” Us all maintain Web sites where you can purchase toys, but don't limit yourself to the large franchises. The Web site for your favorite “Mom and Pop” toy store can be less overwhelming and may carry some items that the big box stores don’t.
  • You might not be thinking about buying an outdoor toy when winter is setting in, but doing so could save you some money. Brick-and-mortar stores have to clear their shelves to make room for inventory that's in season, but that's not an issue for online businesses, where you’re more likely to find an off-season bargain.
  • Not sure what to buy? Gift cards may be your answer. Most toy store Web sites sell gift cards and you'll probably even get free shipping when you order one.

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