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Advantages of Online Shopping

Updated on February 18, 2014
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Carolee is a passionate writer with a love for learning and teaching. She is a published author, poet, blogger, and content creator.


Online shopping pros and cons

Shopping on the internet has its advantages but also carry some disadvantages along the way. If you are a newbie at buying stuff online then there are a few things you may need to know first.

The good things about internet shopping:

  • There are many more stores to choose from than if you were actually shopping on land. You would have to walk miles and miles to find this many stores. Now you have hundreds, if not thousands all in one place.
  • You can get almost any thing you need on the internet. Places like carry a wide variety of items.
  • There are always deals, sales and discounts happening.
  • You don't have to leave the comfort of your home to shop.
  • You save time which may save you some money, such as petrol bills.
  • You don't need cash to shop, a credit or debit card will do.

What you need to be aware of when shopping online:-

  • Make sure the site you are shopping from is secure. View their certificates and site information before giving your credit/debit card information. If you are not sure, don't shop! A secure site will display an SSL certificate security badge.
  • A good site will display "HTTP://" before the website URL in the address bar. A protected site will display "HTTPS://" before the site's URL so this is the one to shop from.
  • Shop from reputable sites. These are usually well known and almost anyone who uses the internet will have heard of many of them. Some examples are, Abercrombie, Gap and BestBuy. See list of recommended stores.
  • Never give your password to anyone online, even the store you are shopping at.
  • Beware of Phishing sites. These are sites designed to steal information by pretending to offer something to surfers. Using a computer which has a malware scanner is the best. A browser which can detect such sites is also highly recommended.

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Getting the best out of your shopping experience

Don't be scared to shop online as it could be a very rewarding experience, plus, this is the new trend. Almost anything you need you can get using the internet portal to find many online stores. You can buy electronics, clothing, shoes, groceries and even prepared food online. Want to get your mom some flowers, no problem. Even wedding and engagement rings are sold online.

Before you make a commitment, do a search of more than one stores and compare prices and shipping costs. Never buy the first item you see as there may be cheaper or better quality elsewhere.

Get an idea of the shopping policies first so it's best to read their terms of service and warranty information. If possible have their telephone number ready in case you have a query and you need to call. It is not recommended to buy from a store that cannot display contact information. You should have access to a customer service or support department.

It is very good to develop a relationship with some stores online where you have an account. These stores may offer special discounts to valued customers. You may be the first to get in on certain deals and if you subscribe to their newsletters you will know when new items come in.

Tips on saving when shopping via the internet

  • Try to find deals and sales.
  • Use coupons to get discounts.
  • Gift or gift cards are great options.
  • Shop at stores which offer free shipping and packaging.
  • Buying pre-season and out of season can save you some pennies. Items such as summer clothing are less expensive during the winter and vice verse.
  • Make sure the store has no hidden fees.

Shopping online can be a very fulfilling experience if done right. Follow these tips and you can't go wrong and remember that coupons help you save.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Holistic-health, Amazon is my favorite online shopping site as well but I also love walking the Malls and testing stuff to make sure they are really what I want.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Teaches, I hope so. I remember the frustration and confusion I felt so many years ago. I was fearful as I did not understand what online safety meant and so forth.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I have had great success with Amazon and Walmart, they have great service and products. Your tips will help readers to shop successfully and to prevent frustration when online. Thanks.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Susan, I have the same problem here in Jamaica. There are some things I can purchase in the States that wont cost me much taxes or customs but many of the other items I might as well buy here. I find that books are the least expensive to ship

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Carol, so sorry you got burned, wow, that must have been an awful experience. I know some people are still scared to shop online, I was at first but it can be a rewarding experience. Thanks for reading , commenting and sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very useful hub for those wanting to shop online. My problem is that most of the things I want to purchase are from online stores are in the states and the shipping can get quite expensive. The online stores are unable to tell me how much the Canada customs duties, taxes and custom brokerage fees are going to cost me. I ordered a drywall tool one time for hubby from the states and by the time I paid all the extras I could have bought the tool a bit cheaper here in Canada. If the item is American made there is no duty.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I try to use sites I trust like Amazon. I got burned once and never again. I hope. Great hub covering all the good and the bad. Voting UP++++and sharing.