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The Internet: The Missing Manual by David Pogue, J.D. Biersdorfer

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The Top Shopping Sites

There are plenty of places to shop online, from little niche sites selling everything from specialty mustards to hand-crafted lutes, but if you want an all-around shopping workout, consider the giant Web emporiums that sell a little bit of everything. These sites have a huge selection of merchandise that can keep you wandering the virtual aisles for days.

Amazon

What started in 1995 as a little Web-order book company shipping out of a Seattle garage has morphed into a worldwide Web mega-mega-megastore that sells everything but the kitchen sink. (Correction: It sells everything including kitchen sinks, and some very nice models at that.)

Now with nine million square feet of warehouse and order-processing space in 21 locations around the globe, Amazon's determined to sell you something and get it to you quickly.

You start your Amazon trip at www.amazon.com. Upon landing, you notice dozens of links, pop-up menus, and navigation bars pointing you to different corners of the store: Apparel & Accessories, Gourmet Food, Electronics, Musical Instruments, Automotive, and oh, yes, Books are among the more than 30 product categories (Figure 7-2).

You can get a shortcut to search any of Amazon's specialty areas by selecting a category from the list and then typing your keywords in the search box. If Amazon doesn't sell what you're looking for, it probably knows someone who does.

Figure 7-2. You can get a shortcut to search any of Amazon's specialty areas by selecting a category from the list and then typing your keywords in the search box. If Amazon doesn't sell what you're looking for, it probably knows ...

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