In a world where online shopping is rapidly becoming the norm, mail order companies have somewhat lost their importance. However, they continue to be popular with those people who are reluctant to use the Internet to shop because of the risks involved like credit card fraud and identity theft. Online shopping is extremely popular with those Americans who are always pressed for time and seem to find this mode of shopping extremely easy to use because of the convenience it offers.
Some of the most popular catalogs which continue to exist despite the growing popularity and convenience of online shopping are the JC Penney Catalog (http://www.jcp.com), The L.L Bean Catalog (http://www.llbean.com/), the Land’s End Catalog (http://www.landsend.com) and the Victoria’s Secret catalog (http://www.victoriasecret.com). While JC Penney offers a wide range of kitchen and home products in addition to all kinds of apparel, L.L.Bean, Land’s End and Victoria’s Secret offer mainly apparel that consists of outerwear, inner wear, swimwear, school uniforms and hunting and fishing gear.
Other popular catalogs are issued by the high end kitchen and dining equipment store, Williams-Sonoma (http://www.williams-sonoma.com/) and the slightly lower priced Crate and Barrel stores (http://www.crateandbarrel.com). The Texas based luxury department store Neiman Marcus (http://www.neimanmarcus.com) has a sumptuous Christmas catalog, which offers the most opulent and extravagant gifts. The furniture and home product giant, IKEA (http://www.ikea.com/) also publishes catalogs although it has gotten much skinner over the years.
If you would rather shop by catalog rather than the internet you can always order a catalog which is generally available free of charge from a catalog directory like http://www.catalogs.com which offers nearly all the catalogs that are published in the USA.