Let's Find A Deal

Putting e-commerce sites to the test
This story first appeared in the October 2000 issue of Startups. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Forget the days of driving all over town to find your heart's desire-just visit the aisles of cyberspace. Trouble is, there are a gazillion Web sites out there. How do you know where to go? We were curious, so we chose three products and put a few Web sites to the test:

Siemens Gigaset 2402 2.4 GHz Cordless 2-line Phone System: a two-line phone system with handset that can be used independent of the base

  • Officemax.com. Price: $200. Shipping: free on orders of at least $50. Easy to find, with a clear picture and description.
  • Etown.com. Price: $200. Shipping: varies. Good display.
  • Radioshack.com. Price: $280. Shipping: $9. Poor display.

Auto Exec by Nu-Dell Manufacturing Co. Inc.: a portable desk for your car

  • Traveltools.com. Price: $180. Shipping: $13.95. Easy to find, with good info.
  • Everythingwireless.com. Price: $150. Shipping: free on orders over $100. Easy interface, good description.
  • Atyouroffice.com. Price: $187. Shipping: free on orders over $100. Good picture and description.

Nerf Wildfire Automatic Blaster by Hasbro Inc.: a machine-gun-like dart gun

  • Etoys.com. Price: $27.99. Standard shipping: $4.50 ($3 base plus $1.50 per item). Very easy search with a clear picture. Also has accessories and customer reviews.
  • Toysrus.com. Price: $29.99. Shipping: $4.25. Super easy to find with their search engine. It showed a clear photo with a description.
  • Kbkids.com. Price: $29.99. Shipping: $4.50 (same as above). It has a very easy interface with a short description and customer ratings.
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