Some of us love shopping, and the more convenient, the better. Not all of us are shopping fanatics but for the ones who are, it’s clear that there are many ways in which you can make purchases that can be time consuming or fun or chaotic or easy. So let’s take a look at the different shopping methods to see which way is the best way.
Traditional shopping has been the norm for centuries, and is the primary way most people get what they want and need. Shopping can be all sorts of things depending on your time schedule, budget, and convenience. There are plenty of pros and cons that go with traditional shopping that most can either handle, dismiss, or simply can’t put up with.
When you have your eyes set on something in particular whether it’s groceries, clothing, or leisure products, seeing it up close and personal can help you determine whether or not it’s a good purchase. From the start, you know exactly what you’re getting, which will make it difficult for you to get ripped off. With traditional shopping, you can also get your products right away, and not have to wait a certain amount of time before making use of it. This is what most people desire when shopping at a mall, or grocery store, or even stores like Target and Walmart.
What’s not so desirable about traditional shopping is how long it sometimes takes to commute and putting up with the large crowds once getting there. With holidays in particular, this can make shopping, altogether, a huge turn off. Some may enjoy the rush of crowds, but most would rather stay away from it. It’s not fun putting up with long lines either, especially in stores where there are not enough cash registers open. This is one of the things I hate the most. Employees clearly see that more help is needed and only one, two, or even three cashiers are open. Seriously? That’s a big turn off with traditional shopping to me.
What I love about online shopping is the convenience it gives you with being able to browse online without the hassle of crowds, and long lines. You can take your time and get all the information you need on what it is you’re looking to buy, and take your time buying it. You can even go back to it later and expect it to be there. If something becomes sold out, it’s just as easy finding the same product on another website, possibly cheaper than what it was on the original website you found it on.
Sometimes a person may want to make a purchase that you don’t want anyone else to see, and the privacy with shopping online gives you that benefit of not having to look over your shoulder at who could be watching you. Online shopping also gives you the benefit of being quick and easy while avoiding the hassle of commuting to a store and back all the time. When shopping for a gift for someone, you can also do this quicker and easier without the risk of that person seeing what you’re buying for them. You can’t do that if you’re shopping with that person at a store. There’s always the risk of them spoiling the surprise.
The downside to online shopping is the wait in order to get your products. Most of the time it’s not a long wait, but when you want something, you want it right away. Not days or weeks from now, and paying shipping and handling fees is something most can’t stand. Also, when purchasing something that you’ve never had before it’s easier to get ripped off because what you were expecting is not necessarily what may show up at your door. That’s why reading reviews and doing other research on what you’re buying is important. And if you’re not careful with your personal information, you can get hacked or have your identity stolen. So there is always that risk with online shopping, which is why it’s essential to be aware and careful of the website you’re on. Always use official websites, not sites with hyperlinks that may send you somewhere else you didn’t intend to go. As long as you’re careful, it should be safe, mainly with sites that offers you secure shopping.
I would say both have plenty of pros and cons. Personally, I prefer online shopping and have done it long enough to know how to buy something and get what I want as fast as possible and expect what I’ve paid for. Sometimes going to malls, outlets, and other stores is okay if you’re in the mood for it and can even be fun with sales, food courts, and whatnot. Go with either method that fits your mood, and what’s convenient for you. Happy shopping.