Thursday, December 19, 2013

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF ONLINE SHOPPING

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Today clothing, technology, beauty products, furniture even groceries can  be purchased via the internet. The idea of not having to wait in long lines or in traffic, shift through racks of clothing looking for the item you need or being able to shop at any time - preferably in your pjs - has caused more people to turn online for all their shopping needs.  Online furniture stores are also increasing in popularity, and will continue to increase as the internet grows. Many people are choosing to skip the trip and purchase their sofas and other home furnishing from the comfort of their home. With that said, here a few advantages/disadvantages before shopping online.

ADVANTAGES: 

- Shopping is not limited to retail store hours. You can now shop anywhere and at anytime. This means that if your daily schedule doesn't allow for picking up house hold necessities or if you get the shopping bug at 12am; your shopping mall is now just one click away . 

- Comparison shopping has been made easier due to online shopping. - Instead of driving around wasting gas or spending hours on the bus in travel time you can visit all the stores that you’re interested in at once. This eliminates time going from store to store to see what is available and at what price

- If you love knowing the latest styles, or having unique pieces then online shopping makes it easier to do so as well. 

- Easier to find discounts on the sofa you’re looking for. Websites such as Ebay, Amazon and many other websites out there offer amazing prices on must have items. Online stores usually offer online specials as well, and there are multiple websites dedicated to sharing these deals with you.

DISADVANTAGES:
- You usually have to wait long periods of time to receive your items. Sometimes, this can take up to a month or longer if being shipped from overseas. There could be delays on the delivery and miscommunications.
- Shipping costs on your item can be extremely high in comparison to what you paid for the item, sometimes making the purchase not worth it.

- Sometimes looks can be deceiving. You don't get to test the product before you buy it. What might have looked beautiful to you in picture might not live up to your expectations once received. Then what?

- If it’s an online store that doesn’t have a local store in your area, returning the item can be a HUGE hassle. Make sure before you purchase online that you are clear on the stores return policies. Make sure that no matter how good the deal is that you have the option to return if need be.

- Another factor to remember about returns. You will have to pay the charge for shipping it back, repackaging, and stocking in most cases, unless it’s a manufacturing problem.

- People worry about fraud or theft with credit cards purchases. Make sure every website you shop from is security verified secure and protected and has this information displayed clearly on their website. Also, read the privacy policy on the website to see what they will do with your information. Do everything to ensure your safety while shopping online.  Make sure you are shopping from a reputable site. If something doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t.

MY OPINION:
I think online shopping is great. I’ve recently caught the online shopping bug and do most of my shopping online. As a new mom I don't always have time to go do the store. I love the convenience of being able to shop at 2 in the morning  and the ease of comparison shopping and knowing that I'm getting the best prices. 

Buying furniture online is also great for that exact reason, multiple furniture stores at the click of a button. However, I think getting the feel for your sofa is VERY important. At Modern Sensibility we always encourage everyone to come to the store and sit on the sofas and touch the fabric to see if they like them or not. Many people are pickier than others and seeing the furniture online may seem like a good idea to them at first, but then they receive it and it’s a big disaster. Now, add the frustration of exchange/returns on a sofa you’re not happy with spells bigger disaster! I think that’s the only drawback. Other than that, online shopping is a fun convenient way to shop. My only advice is be safe, be smart and make sure you’re buying from a reputable website. Do your research just like you would any other store.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

77 comments:

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  21. Online shopping is always good to buy something a lot cheaper, but how do your know if something is small or not comfortable. if your at a shopping mall you can go and try the next size up or down, instead of sending it back and waiting for the next size.

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  22. SHopping is fun online and face to face, but the reason why we still buy stuff by retail is because we like to go with somebody, but the reason why i like online shopping is because you can buy alot of stuff without any problems, just point and click. and its normally cheaper

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  23. Online shopping is good because you have everything in one place and most of the time it is alot cheaper. - Joel

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  24. There are some advantages and disadvantages to online shopping. I believe that it is a great idea as online shopping is quick and easy and you can shop anytime and anywhere :)

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  25. In my opinion I think retail shopping is he most convenient, you can try on the clothing and so how it sits, feels, if it is comfortable and so on, just because it is what you think is your size does not mean it fit’s, different countries have different sizing and fitting. Just because it is cheaper does not mean it will last, it may be poor quality and you can’t return it either.

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  26. I think real life shopping is better than online shopping because you don’t know the quality of the product before you buy it and returning the product is a hassle if you buy it online.

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  27. Online shopping has great advantages and is very convenient for most people. The prices are cheaper, you can do it in the comfort of your own home, and you can go online shopping at any time. Despite this I still prefer retail shopping. In Australia shopping is considered a recreational and social activity, that can be done with friends and family and greatly enjoyed, I feel that retail shopping is much more enjoyable than online shopping. It also gives you the oppurtunity to inspect, try on and assess the quality of a product before you buy it, a big bonus you can't get whilst shopping online.

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  28. online shopping is great, everything is cheaper and you more often than not get good deals from reputable sources, but I do enjoy real world shopping with my friends, I feel it is a great way to socialise and you can also make sure that every thing is good quality and meets your needs and standards.

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  29. Online shopping is a easy, convientient, often cheaper way to shop. It can be done from the comfort of your own home, so if you have places to be or things to do, you can still fit in a little time to do your shopping.
    Physical shopping is more of a social activity than anything else, and many people enjoy that more than staying in the comfort of your own home. Many people enjoy that experience, instead of getting just what you need.

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  30. Even though online shopping is convenient and quicker, I think real life shopping is better because you know what you’re buying and you are able to try before you buy but with online shopping you can’t do this.

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  31. I think that real life shopping is better than online shopping because online shopping you can be ripped off and can spend more money then what you really have to pay in real life. Online shopping you don’t know if you’re getting it second hand, or if it’s in bad condition. If you go to the shopping centre you can go and see the item for yourself and see if it fits your properly and if it is in good condition.

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  32. Online shopping is convenient, but i personally prefer real life shopping. It is seen as a recreational activity, and a great way to boost communication and socialize. Also you can test the item and see if it is in good condition.

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  33. I agree with what you're saying about how internet shopping is cheaper, faster, more for your dollar and it is also more convienient... But I have to disagree. Because without the social interaction from face to face transactions, what examples are we setting for the younger generation? do we want them to be unsocial hermits? or do we want them to be sociable people who are comfortable with talking to people? i know that i'd prefer the social option.
    Also with any online shopping there will always be a way to hack it and there will always be people out there to steal your money. So by social interaction we are certain that no one can steal our money without leaving a trace, and a chance for us to get our money back.
    Finally Online shopping is killing our local retail. By purchasing items online we are denying our local stalls and shops profit and thus forcing them out of buisness.

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  34. online shopping is good because if you cant get outside the house you can buy it online. It is cheaper and easier. But shooping at a mall is good as well because you can try on the clothes your buying and you can socialise with people. You also know what you buy isnt fake.So their my reasons why i am sitting on the fence.

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  35. What I like about online shopping is how wide the range is - almost always what you're looking for is in stock. Online shopping cuts price comparison time in half and additionally, the prices are usually cheaper. Despite the many advantages of online shopping, I think I'll always prefer retail shopping. There's something about physically seeing an item before I buy it which gives me a sense of trust and also enjoyment. Anyway, that's only an opinion... Great article BTW.

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