Print ads are still the preferred way for American consumers to find shopping deals but the Internet is not far behind: 23% say newspaper and magazine advertisements are where they can find the best bargains, while 18% say online ads are most helpful, according to a survey from Harris Interactive.
Over one in ten Americans (12%) say they prefer direct mail and catalogs when bargain-hunting, while 11% cite TV commercials and just 2% cite radio.
Some 34% of Americans say the type of ad makes no difference at all when they are looking for a bargain.
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Younger Consumers Prefer Online Ads
When hunting for bargains, different age groups have different ideas of where to look: 22% of consumers age 18-34 cite online ads, while 17% cite TV commercials.
Over one-quarter (26%) of consumers age 35-44 say online ads offer the best deals.
Meanwhile, older consumers prefer traditional media: 24% of those age 44-55 and 33% of those age 55+ prefer newspapers and magazines to help them find the best bargains.
Men are also more likely to prefer online advertisements than are women (21% vs. 16%). Women, on the other hand, are more likely to cite newspapers and magazines (24% vs. 22%) and direct mail and catalogs (14% vs. 11%) as the best sources for bargains.