There are so many reason why online shopping is superior to in-person retail shopping, that I’m surprised that there are still so many stores out there. Not that I want especially the mom & pop stores to go away, but you would think you’d see more closures, but I continuously see stores popping up left and right that are not department stores. It makes me wonder how many years left the mall has left, something that will definitely be strange to go, considering my whole life that was a frequent stop for clothes, electronics, and music (yes, we actually bought physical music). The only problem I see with online shopping is that it gets you to open up your wallet a little more, because there is really no end, so you have to be careful in how much you are spending.
When I say there is no end, there really is no end. There is nothing that is closed on Sunday, only open until 6 during the week, or closed on holidays. When you are shopping online, it is 24-7, 365 days a year. This is great for making purchases at any hour, no matter the day, but it also can be a financial downfall if you have a spending problem, since there is virtually no cutoff on making purchases. Whether you browse during work hours, or in the middle of the night if you can’t sleep, it’s always there.
Any Item You Can Think Of
Not only is online shopping open 24-7, but it has any item you can think of. If one site is out of stock, you just move onto the next one. That is much different when it compares to in person shopping, but stores would have to order if for you if it was not on the shelf. These days, there’s no point in setting foot in the store that you can do the same ordering online and arriving to your house. I feel like implementing sales tax on online purchases have help keep brick and mortar stores around.
Not only can you get items shipped to your house, but the days of waiting weeks are long gone and you can even get free-shipping, and you only have to wait 2 days. With Amazon Prime, you pay a yearly fee, but all of your shipping is free along with the 2-day shipping, so if you find yourself paying more than say $100 a year in shipping, then Amazon Prime should be for you, and you will begin to understand why the one-click purchase option is scary and you could potentially have boxes lining up all week.
When you shop in person, it takes time to travel to the next store to price compare, if you even do at all. Most of the time if it is a reasonable deal I will just buy it instead of going all over town to save a couple bucks that will be made up with gas, and my time, so what’s the point. Online, you can price compare to as many sites as you want, comparing price and shipping costs, before you go with a purchase. Since it is so easy, you need to shop around and go with the best deal.
Avoid Traffic and Weather
To me free shipping is important, but the waiting a couple days still can be a problem with patience, but I will still take that any day over fighting traffic, parking, lines, and even worse depending on the weather. I would not consider myself a lazy person by any means, but if I can stay home and be comfortable while shopping and not paying more than I would in person, then what is the point to go out shopping.
Grocery Stores are Now Delivering
To really put the icing on the cake, grocery stores have now rolled out delivery services, where you can fill out your shopping list online, you will have a personal shopper, and bring all of the groceries to your home. There is a service charge and a tip involved, but maybe down the road if there is competition, maybe stores will include it as a service to get you to use their store. I have not used it yet so I can’t comment, but it is an interesting idea that definitely brings shopping into a new territory, much like restaurant carryout delivery, but I will be curious to try it, and I probably will never go back to conventional shopping again.