In the past two decades there have been some big debates on what is the best method of shopping? By this I mean; is online shopping better than physically going to stores?
Allow me to bring up this topic once again to just ask us, Hey, I still like going to the store and checking out for myself, or are you saying-hey! I think it’s time for a change?
So let’s begin with the same tradition of debatable criteria by outlining up two main sections of a debate by looking into the advantages and disadvantages of online shopping versus physical shopping. These two principles may give the consumer a better insight of what they would like to stick to.
It is said, what you see is what you get when you are physically hopping in and out of stores. You feel, smell and do all those things that you want to do to make sure you get what you want, and what you want often conveniently becomes an expensive buy. So you will eventually think of giving in to your desire, because you are physically and emotionally there and your heart takes over your mind when you see what you want is in front of you.
When one is physically shopping one has to keep in mind a few things like: Does the store have free parking zone, how far is the parking lot from the store? This is because sometimes you might be pushing your trolley with your product slighting pointing out. At other times you might be pushing your trolley through a maze of cars parked close to each other and you would not like to dent anybody else’s cars in the quiet, as they all have CCTV installed for your safety and others.
If you live far from the city and you are just driving out to get a few products you need to think of the gas, toll and the traffic not to mention the “TIME” you lose. It is worse if you are handicapped or a workaholic and just want everything delivered at your door and don’t mind waiting for a few hours for your product to be delivered.
On the other hand with the help of online shopping websites, shopping has become a savior for many. For those who don’t have time to shop for hours looking for the right product or services, online shopping comes as a boon. One does not have to stand in a queue or look for parking spaces and hurry before the store closes or miss out an important meeting.
In advantage you don’t have to waste all that time and money on petrol and traffic. Online shopping does not only give the consumer an upper hand by giving them a million reasons to check, compare, choose and even bargain for the best and lowest product prices. It also gives the best coupon codes and deals at the lowest price thus saving you “MONEY”. All in all, today online consumers are the ones who dictate the online market leaving online retailers to fight each other to get their best price out for consumers to come to them.
The benefits of online shopping are that the stores are on your fingertips, its open 24/7, no queue and you don’t have to pay in cash, and products can be delivered anywhere anytime. Plus you get extra points for using your credit or debit card online for purchases. Online shopping is quick, convenient and easy…as they say a click away!