Traditional person that I am (read perpetually broke) e-Bay is something that I have looked at but never shopped with. Internet shopping is for people with regualr (or semi-regular) independant incomes, not students that live at home and have no job.
However I am an avid collector of TV series on DVD I have an extensive - enviable - collection. The problem is that I keep discovering new shows that I like and I buy them. However my knack is that I pick favourites and long running shows - thus more DVD's to keep an eye and wallet out for. I have recently discovered Doctor Who and Torchwood - Torchwood happened to come first. I try to keep away from the hardcore sciencee fiction becasue they run forever - even I know that - I have managed to keep away from star trek and I intend to keep it that way. Long running series are far too complicated to catch up on - even if I were so inclined. But with Doctor Who the new series is independant from the old series in many ways and you don't have to know what came before. So I set about finding out how much Torchwood and Doctor Who cost in retail stores - JB HI FI and EZY DVD - are the main DVD retailers within Australia and upon looking at those sites I found that a season consisting of thirteen episodes costs - roughly - from $96 - $107 (that's Australian dollars) or I could get Torchwood seasons 1-3 in a Boxset for $250.
This is where the brilliance of e-Bay comes into play. JBHIFI was having a 20% off sale and I was chatting about how Torchwood would be almost affordable with Mum. That was last Thursday - that night Mum called me into the computer room and showed me Torchwood Seasons 1-3 for $51 with $10 P&H she agreed to purchase it for me. I lost that page but then found the same product for $53.75 no P&H so I got that one. Today I received notice that payment has been received and the DVD's will be sent within 24 hours and I should get them within a month. (They are being sent from the UK!)
So in the battle of retail shops versu e-Bay - e-Bay wins hands down.