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You haven't done your Christmas shopping yet. You just had finals, you were trying to finish a project before Christmas, or you found out one of your friends got you a gift that you totally forgot to get a gift for! Oh no! If you take a look at our many gift guides and can't find them at a store near you, hopefully you can find them online without spending a fortune on it as well. Here is a list of the gift guides for your viewing pleasure: PhiLAnthropist Part 1 and Part 2, Rock books, Toys in LA, the Drinkers' Guide, Video Games, Health and Fitness, Classical Music, and Comedy. If you're buying some sort of fancy gizmo or gadget (TVs, computers, laptops), it is often advisable to buy it on a Monday rather than a Sunday or at the beginning of the month rather than the end of the month. Price changes often go into effect online at the beginning of those cycles (correct us if we're wrong, but it has happened to one LAist-er frequently enough where they have to mention it in a post), and if you're already late it shouldn't hurt too much to buy it a few days later. Rather than using just one of these tips while shopping online, use a combination of the tips to make sure that you get the biggest deal.

1) Beat my price

If you only have one source of online shopping (Amazon, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc.), it's probably good to branch out. Most of those big retailers actually buy and ship from other retailers anyways, especially the more obscure items. Beat my price is a useful website in determining where you can get the product you are looking for at the cheapest price, while avoiding most if not all unreliable sellers. You just type in the item, price and website you found it, and it will search online for other retailers and compare prices with the one you found.