Online Shopping

So you are in a hurry! Your “To Do” list is through the roof… and you don’t know which way to turn.

Many retailers now have an online presence on the web, and it’s an online store. This is, according to the majority, is the way to go and many retailers would be very happy to see this as the only way to go. Online shopping is definitely growing in leaps and bounds, In the USA alone many main street retailers have closed hundreds of branches, due entirely to online purchasing.

This is where online shopping becomes a viable proposition… or does it?

The Pro’s

1. Save time… logically buying from your home (or the office) is a massive time saver

2. Specials… Most retailers (especially in the Groceries) offer online customers special prices

3. Reduce impulse buying. The old maxim of purchasing groceries after a meal, not before still applies but overall impulse buying online is diminished

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

5. The phenomena of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is now going worldwide and may be a great idea to get that special item at ridiculously low prices. As online purchasing takes centre stage we should see coupons, promotions and more become readily available from the online retailer.

Delivery costs could be both good and bad. It is important to factor the cost of delivery in when purchasing online, especially, once again, groceries. The cost of fuel is also a factor; this of course works both ways. Before you buy anything you should do some comparative shopping. Take a photo on your cell phone, enter the price and compare the cost of the identical article online.

The Con’s

1. Goods purchased online tend to be more expensive, this may not be in every case but the ability to get a discount online is distinctly a no-no. This is where comparison may make the difference. It is also good to check for any hidden costs.

2. You lose the opportunity to pick your own items, e.g. fresh vegetables and fruit, feel the texture and try on the item. Sizes may vary from shop to shop, (it is well known that Chinese sizes are very small), colours may not be exactly as per the image and of course you cannot try the item on.

3. In most cases the more you buy the cheaper the delivery charge, but in all probability you will still have to visit the supermarket fairly frequently to buy fresh items, bread, milk etc. This of course raises the question of impulse buying and the cost of the trip.

4. Time is also a factor, how long does it take to get a delivery.

There is of course by now thousands and thousands of online shopping sites on the world wide web. What is interesting is the wide range of pricing for what “appears” to be the same item plus of course “shipping” that is either in the small print (seems the more the retailer charges for shipping – the smaller the print) or “free” shipping… really!!

This article is not a definitive work on all the good and bad of online shopping, it is designed to make you think. Now you are probably confused but it all boils down to:

a. Cost saving

b. Time saving

If you are one of the very fortunate and can achieve both you have got it made. For other mere mortals a compromise will need to be made but as this phenomena is on the rise we have very little choice but eventually go with the flow.

Good Luck.

Traditional Vs Online Shopping

Shopping is shopping, right? Well, not necessarily. At one time, the only way to shop was to leave your home and visit a store. Nowadays, the Internet has revolutionized the way in which we spend money. But how does it add up compared to traditional shopping?

Well, we need to weigh them both to see how they compare to one another.

Traditional shopping

In traditional shopping, you simply take a ride in your car to your favorite shopping center or store and you buy what you want or need. You can pay with cash or credit card. In some instances you can pay with a check. You do get the opportunity to see the product before you purchase it and you can keep an eye on your credit card if you decide to pay with that method.

All of this seems rather great, doesn’t it? However, there are always cons to the pros when it comes to anything and everything.

The cons that you may run into when it comes to traditional shopping is that the store you are shopping at may not accept your payment method. There is also the fact that they may not have what you want. You may even find that the item they have is more expensive than what you want to pay. You may know that another store carries it, but they are out of it because they sell it at a cheaper price.

Yes, there are instances in which you must shop the traditional way. For example, you may need an item right now, which is true of grocery shopping. When you need milk or you need formula for the baby, you have to be able to go to the store and get those things immediately.

Online shopping

When it comes to online shopping, you don’t have to leave your home at all. You simply sit down at your computer, browse around the various online stores, and find what it is you need. However, there is usually only one way to pay. You can only pay via credit card. There are some websites that allow you to use your PayPal account or they will permit you to send them a check before they send you the item. The check method doesn’t work so well when you need the item right now.

As for the cons, you are not able to keep an eye on your credit card number like you can with an in-person transaction. You can, however, ensure that you are doing business with a secure site by looking in the address bar and seeing if there is an https:// present. You can also read website reviews to make sure a site is secure. You also do not get the opportunity to see the item right in front of you before you buy.

However, the advantages continue because, if you can’t find an item at one store, you can always find it at another. There really isn’t much that you can’t find on the Internet. You may not want to grocery shop online, but gifts, clothes, and many other items can be purchased and shipped right to your door. If you don’t like them when you get them, you can always ensure you’re doing business with a company with a good return policy.

So which seems better to you? Do you prefer the traditional way or the online way? It is a personal preference when it comes down to it. Really, all you need to do is shop the way you feel comfortable, but know that you are going to find some great deals online that you may not be able to offline.

Advantage of Online Shopping

Online shopping in India is becoming very trendy nowadays. The main advantage of online shopping is that people without leaving their house can browse through many items and categories, can compare the prices of as many shops as they want, and also can order as many items as they can afford. The e-commerce websites also has the facility to deliver the things to the buyer’s home.

The Internet allows the buyer to easily compare products and prices so that one can be sure that the item he or she has purchased is the perfect item. Merchants can publish much more information about their product on a website. Through online shopping, a consumer can avoid the inconvenience of physically traveling to the local market. An online store gives an opportunity to the buyer to shop round the clock.

The stores have several styles and a variety of sizes in comparison to our local department store. One can often find tall and petite sizes online as well that one would not find in the stores. The comparison shopping engines can show the buyer what store has the best price online. If one is searching for a latest brand mobile online, he or she can quickly read reviews, check out prices at various stores, and compare features side-by-side for several different models.

Through shopping in India, one can find variety of goods as the market is national or global and not just local. Other benefits that only online shopping in India can offer one is the ability to avoid the holiday rush, waiting in row, the weather elements, traffic, and having to carry all of the shopping bags around.

Shopping is also ideal and perfect for those items that one wants to remain a secret. With the help of this shopping, the buyer can save money, time, and effort all with the click of mouse. The advantages of this shopping are numerous, as they bring our favorite items and designers right to our computer screen. One can find the even those products online that are not available in our own town.

After online shopping one will realize what the best shopping websites are and one will be able to buy the things he needs very easily and quickly. It saves a lot of time and trouble. Online shopping is the most practical, economical and enjoyable method of shopping, that is perfect for everyone.