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Consumers offered online shopping lessons

08 November 2011 - 11:22 by Graham Miller

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People living in the Peterborough area will be able to take classes in the best way to carry out shopping online ahead of the Christmas rush this year, according to Peterborough Today.

The lessons will be free to attend and are being funded by the local council in order to help people who are a little less computer literate save money and stay secure when they get into e-commerce in 2011.

In a statement, the council said that the classes will cover the best way to save money via safe shopping online, as well as showing consumers how they can find specialist items and gifts for the festive season.

It went on to say that this project will help people who want to avoid the crush on the high street and get their items delivered straight to their home.

Two sessions will be running to help budding online shoppers this month, each lasting an hour and a half, with the first of them taking place at 10.30 AM on November 12th within Peterborough Central Library.

This kind of initiative can benefit those who are not confident in their computer skills or unsure of how to best use the internet to shop.

Figures regularly show that it is elderly people and those with low incomes who do not have the means or the knowledge to experience the benefits of online shopping and so council schemes can help, along with aid provided by friends and relatives.

This year many people are being encouraged to take some time to help someone they know get online and it is often a sensible investment because it gives added freedom and independence to many people who are unable to harness the internet to its full potential for one reason or another.