Shopping online has many advantages, least of all being that you can stay indoors and shop to your heart’s content. There are no problems with trying to park the car as near to the stores as possible or travelling in rush hour traffic. Shopping from home is always less stressful and you can save on the gas by not using the car; there you are, a saving already.
However, there are also some disadvantages that you may come across when shopping on the internet. In this article I am going to go through some of these frustrating possibilities and help dispel any fears of shopping online.
Possible problems when shopping on the internet:
It is easy to order the wrong item without realising it, until it arrives, then you have to check back on your order only to find it was your mistake; leatheriza oops! Equally the online store can send out the wrong item, after all, would imagine there is a human element involved and we humans do occasionally make mistakes. Of course if either happens, you then have the inconvenience of sending your delivered item back and reordering or cancelling your order. All of this is quite frustrating and time consuming.
When you go to your local shopping mall or store you can actually see the item, you can handle it, make sure that the size, shape and color are all correct, and then you make your purchase, easy! When you get your purchase home and it really doesn’t suit, fit or there is a fault with it, you can return it fairly easily and with no fuss.
When shopping online you never actually get to touch your chosen item, you have to purchase by images and size and color charts. This can create problems, as you may be aware, different manufacturers create differing shapes all pertaining to be the same size. This is not a problem if you are familiar with a particular manufacturer, or if you have time and are used to the process of returning items. However, these hiccups are still very frustrating.
The Human Element of Online Stores:
When shopping this way it is still possible to receive the wrong items, even if you personally did not make a mistake with your ordering. Receiving the wrong item is more likely to happen when humans are involved with the ordering and shipping of goods. Firstly there could be address labelling problems where items are sent to the wrong person.
Invariably the retailer will pick up the tag and accept responsibility for errors, however if you needed your item for a special occasion any replacement items will be too late. Of course there is then the inconvenience of having to go to the post office to return items. This can be more of a problem if you work odd hours, or cannot get time off to return your product.
Despite having highlighted some of the problems that can occur, shopping online is fast becoming the norm. We have all no doubt bought items from catalogues where you could pay by installments and maybe had to send items back even then; so these problems are not new. However online stores are getting more and more efficient and these old problems are happening less and less.
Advantages of Shopping Online:
Personally, I buy many items online. It is so convenient and I have never, touch wood, had any problems with receiving the wrong item. A big plus with online stores is the huge selection. Traditional stores are restricted for space and so the size, color and ranges available suffer. Selections online are massive and with security problems becoming less of a problem and online shoppers becoming more and more experienced at overcoming ordering problems, using the internet to do most of your shopping is looking to be the way forward.
The internet is a staggering market of overwhelming choice and diversity. It is true; you can find anything you want on the internet, from the bizarre to the almost extinct. Someone, somewhere in the world, will have what you seek, new or used.
Imagine going to a vast market place and never having the time to see every stall or store, because as fast as you visit one, more are being added. I have to admit that traditional stores that do not incorporate an online presence will be left behind in the dinosaur high streets of charity shops, food supermarkets and estate agents.
Even food supermarkets have an online shopping facility, wherein you can shop online or by phone, pay for your goods and have them delivered to your door. Take gift shopping for instance; you can now visit gift sites that cover the whole family including pets, you can purchase a gift online, have it gift wrapped and sent to the recipient in time for any special occasion, without leaving your living room.
If you can imagine your computer screen as a shop window, through which you can view the items you need or covet, the internet can show you where, when and how you can access them. Shopping via the internet, whether you use your computer or internet phone link, is here to stay. The more you use it the more you will come to realise its simplicity and ease of use. Even major security issues have been recognised and overcome to ensure your personal information is safe.