Holiday Shopping Online – Podcast with Online Shopping Expert Hillary Mendelsohn

It is 11pm, the kids are asleep and the house is gloriously quiet. I am munching on crackers and cheese and wandering around toy stores online. Yes, this is the way to do my holiday shopping…

Shopping online just makes sense. No crowds, no chaos – no need for babysitters to watch the kids while you traipse from mall to mall, searching in vain for the right Bakugan ball.

As online toy store owners of and, Susan and I are thrilled that more and more people are turning to the internet to shop, not only for convenience, but to find items that they wouldn’t be able to readily find in a mall or store near them.

But some people are still wary of shopping online and have internet shopping questions, like how to avoid scams and where to find the best deals.

So, we asked Online Shopping Expert and author of the popular online shopping guide “The Purple Book,” Hillary Mendelsohn to join us for a podcast to answer some of these questions, such as:

  • “How can someone protect them self and make sure their transaction is truly secure?”
  • “How can people avoid phishing scams?”

And give us some online shopping tips, like:

  • “What are the top online destinations to find the best deals?”
  • “Do you have any favorite mom-owned stores you like to shop at?”

To listen to my podcast interview with Hillary, click on the player below.
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Hillary Mendelsohn is a former editor of InStyle’s “netshopper,” People magazine’s expert for “Best of the Web,” and is the Founder and President of thepurplebook: The Definitive Guide to Exceptional Online Shopping, producing an annual resource guides for online shopping in book form and online (

As the new Online Shopping expert, Hillary offers crucial advice to listeners just in time for the holiday shopping season. For more information, including Hillary’s tips such as shopping via sites like, check out


  1. says

    Thanks Nell!

    Yes we will be having podcasts regularly now at 5M4M. We have three recorded up and ready to go and will be posting them in the next two weeks.

    We really appreciate your feedback – THANKS!

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