Online shopping

So you are in a great hurry! Your to-do list is huge … and you don’t know which way to turn.

Many retailers are now online and it is an online store. This is, according to most, the right path, and many retailers would be happy to see it as the only way out. Online shopping is definitely growing by leaps and bounds. In the United States alone, many major street retailers have closed hundreds of branches solely for online shopping.

This is where online shopping becomes a viable proposition … or not?

Pro

1. Save time … it makes sense that buying a home (or office) saves a lot of time.

2. Special Offers … Most retailers (especially grocery stores) offer special prices to online shoppers.

3. Reduce impulse buying. The old principle of buying groceries after a meal rather than before a meal still applies, but the overall impulsiveness of online shopping is declining.

4. Prices can be quickly and easily checked with other online stores. (or use available software to do it for you)

5. The Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday phenomena are spreading all over the world right now and it might be worth getting this special item at ridiculously low prices. As online shopping takes center stage, we need to see coupons, promotions, and more become readily available in online stores.

Shipping costs can be either good or bad. When shopping online, it is important to consider shipping costs, especially, again, groceries. Fuel cost is also a factor; this, of course, works both ways. Before buying anything, you should do some comparison shopping. Take a picture with your mobile phone, enter the price and compare the cost of an identical item online.

Con

1. Products purchased on the Internet are usually more expensive, this may not be the case in all cases, but the opportunity to get a discount on the Internet is clearly prohibited. This is where comparison can make a difference. It is also helpful to check for hidden costs.

2. You lose the ability to choose products yourself, such as fresh vegetables and fruits, to feel the texture and try on the product. Sizes may vary from store to store (it is well known that Chinese sizes are very small), colors may not match the picture, and of course you may not be able to try on the item.

3. In most cases, the more you buy, the cheaper the shipping cost, but in all likelihood, you will still have to visit the supermarket quite often to buy fresh food, bread, milk, etc. This, of course, raises the question about impulse purchases and the cost of the trip.

4. Time is also a factor in delivery time.

Of course, by now there are thousands and thousands of online stores on the World Wide Web. What’s interesting is the wide range of prices for what “seems” to be the same product, plus, of course, “shipping”, which is either printed in small print (it seems that the more the retailer charges for shipping, the smaller the font size) or “free” “delivery … really !!

This article is not meant to be an exhaustive description of all the good and bad things about online shopping, it is meant to get you thinking. You’re probably confused, but it all boils down to this:

a. Cost savings

b. Time saving

If you are one of the very lucky and can achieve both, you have achieved it. Other mere mortals will have to compromise, but as this phenomenon grows we have very little choice but ultimately we go with the flow.

Good luck.

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