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Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Shopping

Updated on April 15, 2015
The advantages and disadvantages of online shopping.
The advantages and disadvantages of online shopping.

Who doesn't like to shop? Buying new things is fun—except for when it takes so much time that it becomes more of a chore than a pleasure. Of course, now with online shopping and banking, you can go on a spree from your home. Purchases are just a click away on the Internet—life never has been so easy! Online shopping is a very popular kind of e-business where one consumer can shop over the Internet and have their goods delivered. Ebay and Amazon are the two most popular and trusted websites for shopping online, selling millions of products each.

Nowadays many people prefer to shop online because of its numerous benefits. However, the practice has disadvantages as well as advantages. This article will go over the pros and cons of shopping online.

Advantages of Online Shopping

Online shopping can save you the time of having to leave your house to run errands.
Online shopping can save you the time of having to leave your house to run errands.
  1. It makes products easy to find: Finding a product online is much easier than looking for it in the local store. In a store, you have to search for the product you want; if it's not there, you may have to visit several locations, which is frustrating and time-consuming. However, online you can easily search for any product by using the website's search feature, and it's more
    likely to be in stock. If the website doesn't have it, you can simply go to another without wasting your time. For example, if you can't find the suitable product in eBay, you can look for it on Amazon.
  2. Products are often more inexpensive: Products are often cheaper online than they are in stores. There are several reasons for this. For one, an online store doesn't have the overhead costs of renting their location and paying for the electricity, AC, cashiers, etc. Also, sometimes a product can be much cheaper in another country than your country. In this case, it would be wise to shop online to save some money. I've personally saved hundreds of dollars buying things online. Once, I had a big problem with the air flow sensor of my car. I went to the dealer, and they asked for $700 to buy a new one. Since my car is old, I am never going
    to spend that much money for that sensor and I had neither the time nor patience to look for a spare part from the junk yard. Then an idea popped into my head! I took out the part number, searched for it on eBay, and found plenty of used parts with a very inexpensive price. I bought the part, and, so far, my car is running great. I am very thankful there is such an easy and affordable way of shopping.
  3. It saves time and energy: You don't have to waste your time going to stores, dealing with crowds, and standing in lines. The whole process of shopping from a local store becomes even ore time-consuming if you do not have your own car. You can solve all of these hassles by shopping online.
  4. Shopping online gives you access to a wider range of options: You have great freedom of choice when you shop online. The Internet provides a far wider range of products than that you would find in any local store.
  5. It's easier to hunt for a great deal: You will also be able to enjoy the freedom of price flexibility. If you don't like the price of a product from an online shop, you can switch to another to look for a cheaper price. Of course, you could also follow this procedure in a normal shop, but it would take more time and energy to do so.
  6. Customers are usually satisfied: Nowadays, shopping online is very reliable. Sellers are held accountable by user feedback and reviews. Even in online stores where you buy from other users, such as eBay, the percentage of satisfaction is very high. There, you will see that most of the sellers have 99%+ positive feedback.
  7. There is buyer protection: Dependable websites like eBay provide buyer protection. This means that the website will give your money back if any seller fails to deliver the item or delivers an item that does not match the description.
  8. It's easier to find rare products: Shopping online is very useful in buying rare products. For example, I recently bought a rare car part through through eBay. Not only was I able to find it, but the part was relatively inexpensive.
  9. Shopping online allows you privacy: There are some things that you just don't want to buy publicly. You can buy any kind of product online while maintaining your privacy.
  10. You can support e-businesses: The progress of online business is actually helping countless people. Now people who cannot afford to buy or rent a shop can easily open an online store and sell items from their homes. This is playing a very important role in reducing the unemployment rate.

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Disadvantages of Online Shopping

Online shopping makes it easy to spend money on things that may be good deals but are not things you need.
Online shopping makes it easy to spend money on things that may be good deals but are not things you need.
  1. There is a delay before receiving your package: The main disadvantage of online shopping is that there is no instant gratification. Because the item must be shipped to you, you will have to wait a few days. I sometimes prefer going to the store if I see that the delivery time is too long.
  2. You may receive an inferior product: Because you cannot hold the it and look at it in your hands, you don't always know the quality of the product. Sometimes the description or photograph of the product might be of something slightly different. As a result, you might end up with an inferior-quality item.
  3. There are shipping charges: As previously mentioned, many of the disadvantages of online shopping stem from shipping. Shipping charges and delays are both common problems. Though items are generally cheaper in online store, sometimes the addition of a shipping charge makes the total price similar or more expensive than that of your nearby store.
  4. There can be delivery problems: Sometime you may face delivery risks. This means that the seller might fail to deliver the specified product or it deliver a product that has been damaged during shipping.
  5. Now it's easy to be a shopaholic: Since it's so easy to search and purchase different items online, many people end up becoming at-home shopaholics who buy things they actually don't need. I am sad to say that I think I am one of them! Online shopaholics think they are saving money because they can find such inexpensive products, when, in reality, it's actually a waste because you don't need those objects in the first place. So buy smart!
  6. There's a danger of being scammed: As online shopping becomes more and more commonplace, the number of online scams is also increasing. This is why a buyer should always buy from trusted websites only—trusted websites will take care of any fraud in order to maintain their reputations.
  7. Some items are better to buy from the real store: For example, it's best not to buy clothing products online because you won't be able to know whether they will look good on you without first trying them on.
  8. It's more difficult to return items: Returning an item is more difficult when you buy it online. If your seller accepts returns, they will usually want the item within a short period of time, and you will likely also have to pay for the shipping charges.
  9. Warranty issues: Many electronic items are sold without international warranty. So, if a warranty is important, make sure you contact the seller to verify whether the item has international warranty or not.
  10. Miscellaneous trouble: There are some other rare problems that can occur, such as credit card fraud, spyware, etc.

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      muadz 

      5 months ago

      i want the disadvantage

    • mallhopp profile image

      mallhopp 

      15 months ago

      online shopping does have many advantages yeah i do agree. but offline shopping is more convenient

      we don't have to wait for the product to arrive or check the sizes.

      Mallhopp offers all solution to conventional shopping https://goo.gl/nSakvz

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      Mary Norton 

      21 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      More and more this seems to be the choice of people. I find it very convenient as well when the local choices are not very good.

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      Daniela alvarez 

      2 years ago

      I am agree with the text in some points becouse the online shopping is a topic very important for many people . In fact, an advantage is that It makes products easy to find for example when you need to buy anything you dont have to visit the store becouse if you are working all day you can find anything on the internet and buy in minutes. Nevertheless some people prefer to visit the store for know how is the product and see detail the characteristic.

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      Daniela alvarez 

      2 years ago

      I am agree with the text in some points becouse the online shopping is a topic very important for many people . In fact, an advantage is that It makes products easy to find for example when you need to buy anything you dont have to visit the store becouse if you are working all day you can find anything in minutes. Nevertheless some people prefer to visit the store for know how is the product and see detail the characteristic.

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      Luisa vergara 

      2 years ago

      In the modern world the people have limited time and the ways for the purchase have changed, as a result, the e comerce have been an important tool for people that not have time for going to a establishment. likewise the people have a lot of advantages for buying on internet.

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      ELiana D 

      2 years ago

      For me the biggest advantage is when you shopping online there are not long lines you have to put up. In fact it is very easy to pay; Nevertheless buying online requires patience because maybe you will wait about 2 to 5 days until your product arrive to house

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      ELiana Diaz 

      2 years ago

      For me the biggest advantage is when you shopping online there aren’t long lines you have to put up. In fact It´s very easy to pay! , nevertheless buying online requires patience because maybe you will wait about 2 to 5 days until your product arrive to house.

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      Arles A 

      2 years ago

      an advantage for me is that Online shopping stores are open round the clock of 24/7, 7 days a week and 365 days therefore if you dont have enough time this way is the better

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      Daniela Alvarez 

      2 years ago

      Im very agrre with the text but soms times pages where people say to sale products are very wrongs because they stole the money or your bank acount. In fact many people them that this pages steel their money run tcryin to the police office

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      aman 

      2 years ago

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      sanjay 

      2 years ago

      nice comparision

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      abhi 

      2 years ago

      it is very thanksful

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      mitanshu 

      3 years ago

      nice diffrence

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      a.gowsalyaa 

      3 years ago

      it gives some concious about online shopping........

      thanks for giving me this types of informations .................

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      maggi 

      3 years ago

      It is very useful.

      Thank u

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      Aditya ku 

      3 years ago

      All matter is good

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      ubaidullah 

      3 years ago

      This help me a lot in my CIE exam

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      itisha 

      3 years ago

      80% matter is good ,,, rest not sooooo goooood

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      Soffie 

      3 years ago

      I love this site, for now on i will always search on this site because there are lots of information's and this also helped me with my work.

      Vote up!! :)

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      Timothy Arends 

      3 years ago from Chicago Region

      I wouldn't say online shopping makes you "lazy," just smart.

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      Aditya sharma 

      3 years ago

      this is good becuse it help me thanks

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      Amit Yaduvanshi 

      3 years ago

      lots of Information

      according to online shopping..........

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      samar hazem 

      3 years ago

      you help me a lot with this article thanks

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      huda 

      4 years ago

      i love shopping ,anywhere !

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      YasmineKmalik 

      4 years ago

      Loved it loved it loved it it's so much intereting today i have an english test and this helped me so much thank you and wish me good luck !!!!

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      anusha khalid 

      4 years ago

      sometimes the web site is also fraud .

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      cheryl 

      6 years ago

      It will be much safer to use Paypal or other online credit card payment gateway to make payment as we can open a dispute issue if our order items did not sent out by any online merchant.

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      tnvrstar 

      7 years ago from doha, qatar

      @mentalist & Kashmir thank you for your comments

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      tnvrstar 

      7 years ago from doha, qatar

      @thebeautyinside thanks for your beautiful kind comments

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi tnvrstar, all great online shopping information and advice !

      Useful and vote up !!!

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Always use a trusted site such as Amazon.;)

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      TheBeautysInside 

      7 years ago

      NIce Hub! you got the advantages/disadvantages all down. rated useful and voted up :)

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