Advantages and Disadvantages of Shopping Online
July 18, 2012
Today the internet so readily accessible to us and more people are turning to online shopping. Shopping online is totally different from traditional shopping at your local mall or a franchise store such as Wal-Mart or Target. The purpose of this essay is to contrast the advantages and disadvantages of shopping online.
The first advantage of online shopping is the convenience. Some fight traffic and long waiting lines, and online shoppers are relaxing at home. Online shoppers go to different stores with just a click of a mouse, while traditional shoppers walk or drive to the stores they want.
The second advantage of online shopping is comparison shopping. Online shoppers can compare prices with different merchants using “Price Grabber”, “Biz Rate”, or EBay. These three websites will compare the price for an item with online merchants worldwide. Traditional shoppers have to put a lot of time and effort into comparison shopping. They have to drive from store to store or walk to the find the items with the best sale price.
The first disadvantage of shopping online is receiving your products purchased. With online shopping you will have to wait between one to two weeks before receiving your item purchased. With traditional shopping you do not have to wait, can take the item you purchased home immediately.
The second disadvantage of shopping online is testing the product. Online shopping you cannot see every detail of a piece of furniture, painting, or even try clothes on to make sure they fit. With traditional shopping you can test a piece of furniture my sitting to make sure it is comfortable, making sure the painting is indeed by the artist, or even try on clothes to make sure they fit.
Another disadvantage of online shopping is the returns. Online shoppers would have to pay a return shipping fee, repackaging, and stocking fee, unless it is a store or manufacture problem....