Online shopping has become easier than ever, especially now that so many people have Smartphones and various types of tablets. These gadgets have made buying online products fast and convenient. According to MarketingCharts.com, more than 80% of Americans have shopped online and that percentage – as online shopping continues to improve – will only increase. Moreover, MarketingCharts.com found that over 50% of people have shopped online more than one time.
Here are 9 reasons why you should buy online versus offline.
1. Shop At Home & In Comfort
If you prefer to do your shopping with your dog, cat, or kids (who aren’t in tow at a shopping mall), shopping online is a great option. You can relax at home or do chores at home. You can shop from anywhere in your home. In addition, you don’t have to fight the crowds, search for a parking space or spend money on gas. This alone is a good reason to shop online.
2. Returning Things Online Is So Much Simpler Than It Used To Be
Almost all retail outfits allow you to return an online item at their actual store. Make sure to check on details for returning online items at the store’s Customer Service Desk (that is, if the outlet has a physical location that is close to your home). If, however, the store does not have a physical location, carefully read through their return instructions. It is important to note that some retailers only offer a small window of time to return goods. If there are limitations on returning the item, it is usually a window of 30 days. In some cases, it can be less than 30 days.
3. The Majority Of Sites Offer Great Views And Shots of Items
Online stores provide great shots of items, so that you can investigate a product as closely as you can offline. In addition, you can read reviews of the product from customers who have purchased it already. These reviews can help you determine if you wish to buy something, especially when it is a big ticket item.
4. Pre-Shopping Fun
You can do pre-shopping before going to the actual store to purchase the item. This helps you determine ahead of time what you truly wish to buy and doing so is especially beneficial during the holiday shopping season.
5. It Saves Times
Again, you don’t have to go to a physical store to look at an item. You can easily pull it up at home, at work or out on the town (for instance, in a cab or at a restaurant). This allows you to save time by multitasking, as you can be shopping and be doing other things at the same time.
6. Shop In Anything (Or Nothing)!
You don’t have to dress up or even dress casually to shop online. You can wear whatever you want, because you are shopping from your home. It doesn’t get much better than that. If you prefer, you could even online shop in absolutely nothing! It doesn’t matter, because you are doing it on your own time and in your own space.
7. There Are No Crowds
Here’s another obvious perk. There are absolutely no crowds in your own home, unless you live with an army of people. As mentioned earlier, you don’t have to deal with the hassle of busy parking lots, pushy sales people or crowds when shopping online. There are absolutely no crowds when you shop online. Instead, you can kick back and relax in front of the television, in your bed or curled up in your favorite chair.
8. Black Friday Is Easy And Safe!
Who wants to be smashed or severely injured on Black Friday? Most people don’t like the dangers that now come with shopping on Black Friday. Unfortunately, Black Friday for offline shoppers has become quite dangerous (in some cases, it has proven deadly). All of these potential hazards can be avoided by shopping online. Plus, you can be at the front of the line. In addition, there is Cyber Monday – the Monday after Black Friday – where online shoppers can find great deals and steep discounts for holiday presents.
9. Comparison Shop & Online Coupon Sites
When you shop online, you can look at hundreds of products that are the same and then compare their prices from multiple shopping sites. Moreover, you can read through the reviews of the item you’re interested in purchasing. In addition, there are numerous free online coupon sites that give out free coupons for thousands of online stores. You can browse these sites without signing up and use their free coupons for instant discounts when you checkout. It’s hard for you to find similar deals when you shop offline.
There are many reasons why shopping online versus offline is better. It has become quite advantageous, now that we have so many technological gadgets that allow us to shop at these virtual markets. That is why more people are turning to the Internet to online shop and opting to stay at home, instead of hitting local malls or crowded shopping centers.