Online Shopping or In Store Shopping?

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Online Shopping or In Store Shopping?

Oscar Silva, Contributor

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We live in an era where technology is virtually everywhere. From our phones to our tablets and even TV’s, internet seems to be in them all. A topic that has risen to popularity over the past few years is whether online shopping will eventually be more relevant than going to an actual store and buying things in person.    Both online shopping and in store shopping seems to have their own unique benefits. I have made a list of pros and cons on both online and in-store shopping.

Pros of traditional shopping:

  • You can try on clothes
  • You can check the material
  • You can see the design from close
  • You get the product immediately after you pay
  • You know from where does the product comes

Cons of traditional shopping:

  • You lose a lot of time
  • You are under pressure, because you want to see everything and visit every shop
  • You forget the prices you’ve seen in the previous shops, so you can’t compare them
  • You must wait for a free dressing room to try on the clothes
  • You must meet a lot of strangers and to go through the fuss

Pros of online shopping:

  • You will save time and money that you would use for parking and gas, if you were shopping in stores
  • You can easily compare the prices
  • Variety – You can choose sizes, designs and colors
  • You can buy the product whenever you want
  • You can send gifts
  • You can buy the same thing you’ve seen in the local store for less money
  • You have a “Shopping cart” icon that reminds you how much money you’ll spend
  • You can make your own design.

Cons of online shopping:

  • You can’t see the product physically
  • You can’t try it on
  • You must wait for the product to arrive
  • There is a possibility for not receiving the order because of wrong address or some other reason
  • Sometimes, you will need to pay higher price for shipping, than for the product
  • You are under risk of online fraud

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