Shopping online is becoming more fashionable as consumers discover the benefits of online shopping.
We all have busy and hectic lives these days and are always looking for ways to make the best use of our time. This is why online shopping has grown so immensely in recent years!
– Making the inaccessible readily available
If you’re living in a small town in Northern Minnesota or in downtown Boston, sometimes it’s hard to find the things you like, look for and don’t want to live without. Brick and mortar stores carry a limited selection of sales and seasonal items and have set business hours. Online stores on the other hand are open 24/7 and you can find just about anything under the sun from all over the world.
– Easy price comparison
No need to spend hours in your car or other form of transportation, going to numerous different stores looking for similar items and keeping track of the best value. Shopping online makes comparison shopping a breeze!
– Similar item recommendations
Ask three store clerks for their opinion and you’re lucky if you get an intelligent answer from one of them. A lot of the bigger online stores like amazon.com or overstock.com will automatically show you products you might like based on what you are searching for.
– Buying gift items made easy
If you are buying gifts for others you can arrange to have it gift wrapped (with or without your name on it) and mailed directly to them, saving you time and additional shipping costs.
– Save money, time and gas
Many online retailers offer discounts that are not available in a traditional retail stores. No long lines and crowds to content with and no fighting for parking spaces.
Of course there is always the flip side and here are some cons to online shopping:
– Shipping costs & returning items
Make sure you check and understand the shipping & return policies before placing your order.
Three cheers to online companies with free or reduced shipping charges and free return policies like endless.com.
– Wait time
Having to wait for your purchases to arrive via snail mail is sometimes very difficult in this world of instant gratification.
– Privacy concerns & Identity Theft
Never enter any sensitive information unless the page is secure and has been encrypted. Always use a credit card rather than a debit card when it comes time to pay for your purchase. Credit card companies offer protection against fraud and false charges.
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What is your favorite shopping website? Do you have any other pros or cons to share? Please leave a comment.