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5 Perks of Online Shopping

Updated on October 28, 2014
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Why Online Shop?

As you are probably aware, online shopping has become a very common way to purchase goods. This shopping method has transformed businesses and allowed for a more "worldwide" way to shop.

Whether you're completely new or simply curious about the pros, I'll list five basic perks of this shopping method (this information is intended for those who aren't familiar with it).

1. Convenience

Open 24/7:

Perhaps the best part of online shopping is the fact it can be done anywhere at any time. It's especially great if you lead a busy lifestyle. Retail therapy, basic household needs, or unique gifts for family and friends... grab your laptop, sit at a desktop, or even browse from your tablet or smartphone. Now you don't always need to leave the comfort of your own home to find what you need - or don't need... online shopping can become quite addictive and destructive, so be careful!

Shipping and Handling:

Remember, there are shipping fees (usually), along with time for processing and delivery. Online shopping requires some patience. If you need a more immediate purchase, the store could be your better bet, unless you're willing and able to spend big bucks on expedited delivery.


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2. Variety

Options Galore:

Searching all over town, but can't seem to find your item anywhere? There are plenty of options online compared to what's offered in your local stores - from a vast variety of websites to order from, to a huge selection of products and specialty products, to a wide range of prices. If you're looking to save, compare prices for the best deal. Examples of such sites to order from include Amazon and Ebay.

International Shopping:

Borders are expanded with international shopping. As the fact is known that many items are manufactured overseas, purchasing directly from another country is possible (if you intend on it or not. Ie: Something ordered from Amazon may come from another country).

Handmade & Custom Items:

You can find handmade and custom items created by passionate people across the globe. Etsy is a great place to search. Added bonus: You'll be supporting independent artists and the handmade community (the quality may be greater, as well).

3. Selection

Find the Best For You:

You can spend more time and effort into researching about the best options for you when shopping online. Doesn't it seem like you're more likely to think about what you add to your virtual shopping cart versus your real shopping cart? Online shopping can be less distracting than real-world retail, so you can pay closer attention to each item and its size, price, quality, ingredients, etc.

Additional Selection:

Keep in mind that if an item isn't in stock in your local store, that you could possibly find it on the store's website (and have it delivered to your local store, sometimes even with free shipping!). They usually offer additional sizes, styles and colors, so you don't always have to lose hope at the store.

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4. Savings!

Compare Prices:

If you're already in a store and you really need something, it's difficult not to give in and just purchase it for the asking price, but with online shopping, you're able to compare prices at the snap of your finger (or should I say click?). There are specific sites to compare prices, such as Google Shopping (just Google your item and click the 'Shopping' tab) and PriceGrabber.com.

Coupons:

Search for online coupon codes and sign up to receive periodic email updates from your favorite store sites that will alert you of online sales. Some couponing sites include RetailMeNot.com and Coupons.com (you can also just Google the store's name and 'coupons').

5. Comfort

Shopping Made Simple:

Online shopping can be kind of a lazy way to shop... Not that browsing thirty different sites and reading hundreds of reviews is typically lazy... But, you can do it from home in your pajamas, while watching a movie and eating.

Plus, you can avoid the crowds. Even if you don't want to online shop regularly, if you participate in the Black Friday shopping event, this would be the time to take advantage of the deals while avoiding the dangers those crowds can bring.

Tips

1. Be careful where you shop. Make sure the site is trustworthy so that your personal information stays safe.

2. Keep track of your spendings. Going overboard with your card is easy to do. Since you don't need to make a trip to the store, you might not realize just how much you're spending, and it will add up. An Excel spreadsheet is handy.

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