Online Shopping Vs Conventional Shopping

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  1. Anamika S profile image68
    Anamika Sposted 15 years ago

    Do you prefer to shop on your pajamas or do you like to run around one shop to the other ? My preference is ofcourse Online Shopping and I have given the details as to why in my new Hub. What is your preference and why?

    1. AEvans profile image71
      AEvansposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I enjoy shopping on-line and in fact I sell over a million different products EBAY however is another story as being a seller, by the time you get done you have mark-up involved so I list on Craig's List and Blackwells Auction and get the product out there at actual wholesale cost. Shopping on-line is convenient and it avoids the mob of people especially during the holidays.

  2. TravelMonkey profile image62
    TravelMonkeyposted 15 years ago

    I prefer online shopping, not that I am lazy, just that I am a male smile

    1. Anamika S profile image68
      Anamika Sposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Well, that is one advantage of online shopping, you can do your shopping from the comfort of your home without having to run around at all. I too hate the running around part which comes along with conventional shopping.

  3. Sally's Trove profile image79
    Sally's Troveposted 15 years ago

    One of the things that amazes me about online shopping is how easy it is to get great deals.  As you mention in your Hub, there are good coupons out there, all you have to do is look for them.  Also, I can look through the junk mail from the post office I get every day and find printed online offers with discount codes if you order online.  Shopping online is definitely a buyer's market.

    Also, even though you may pay a shipping charge, the overall savings are still in your favor when you consider the cost of gas and the impulse buys you so well describe in your Hub.  Oh, and the while I'm shopping online, I eat an apple and some cheese and crackers, costs me about a dollar, whereas in the mall I'd be spending ten dollars for a sandwich, drink, and dessert.

    Just for the hell of it, one day I might wear my jammies and go over to the mall and see how I'm received.  LOL.

    1. Anamika S profile image68
      Anamika Sposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for visiting my Online Shopping Hub. I don't know about others but whenever i go out for shopping (or any other purpose) i see myself literelly emptying my wallet buying avoidable things like food. I am a foodie... so i don't stop with a sandwitch or a cup of coffee.

  4. spryte profile image75
    spryteposted 15 years ago

    I'm an online shopper.  Except for groceries...I can't remember the last time I actually physically set foot in a mall or department store. 

    The only drawback I can see to online shopping is the excessive spam you receive afterward, even with a spam filter they get through.

    1. Sally's Trove profile image79
      Sally's Troveposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      There's always the surprise in online shopping, even viewing sites that are not shopping sites, where you "opt in" by default.  All reputable sites will have a "fine print" disclaimer or offer, it's just that we are not in the mindset to be looking for it.

      Spryte, I share your pain!

      Just answer those emails and exercise your right to opt out, which they all offer.  Yes, it's an added expenditure of energy, but, hey, if I were the seller I guess I'd be burying these opt-ins the same way.

      About groceries, I can order online here to my local grocer, and they will deliver as they promise.  However, they add a 15 percent surcharge.  So I'd rather get in my car or walk for the one-half mile distance.

  5. dineane profile image82
    dineaneposted 15 years ago

    I've shopped Lowes-Foods-To-Go for my groceries, and I like it when I'm organized. Even though their prices are a little higher and there is the surcharge (we can pick them up or have them delivered - less to pick them up), I love the time it saves me. The big part is being organized - if I've done my meal planning and shop online, it definitely saves me money by eliminating the impulse buying. On the flip side, I end up with a lot of stuff I don't want and forget the stuff I need if I try to put in an order without the planning. Seems like I can do a slightly better job shopping in person if I don't have a list then I can winging it online.

  6. spryte profile image75
    spryteposted 15 years ago

    I've been curious about grocery shopping onilne...but I'm so damned fussy about my meats and fresh fruits/veggies.  I'm convinced they wouldn't poke or sniff it enough to satisfy my criteria.  How has your experience been with quality?

  7. Sally's Trove profile image79
    Sally's Troveposted 15 years ago

    I tell my grocer when I order, if my delivered order is not the top of the line according to the quality standards you set for your store, you can come back and pick up the order, and reimburse me including your 15 percent.  No problem.

    Online grocery shopping is new in our area.  Merchants want to please and will go the extra nine yards.  For example, I bought a chicken with a "use by" date within the limits of the day, opened the package, and nearly passed out.  (I think their supplier had the problem.)  The store not only refunded my money, but doubled the refund.  Stores who deliver fresh food want to do the right thing, and they welcome our input.

    Hope that helps.

  8. admaster profile image52
    admasterposted 15 years ago

    i enjoy online shopping ten times better than shopping at stores. no crowds and dont have to worry about check out lines. plus it's easy to find the things you're looking for. just a much better experience.

  9. Stacie L profile image89
    Stacie Lposted 15 years ago

    hey online shopping is easier to do comparisons;  I don't have to run from store to store.
    Have you had good customer service lately? The stores are on a skeleton crew and they are over worked or I have to deal with disinterested teenagers.
    It's less aggravating to shop online also.
    On the other hand it is nice to get out of the house,once in a while (TIC)

  10. LondonGirl profile image82
    LondonGirlposted 15 years ago

    A mixture of the two, for me.

    We've had good and efficient on-line supermarket shopping for years in London, and I find that fantastic. We do it every few weeks, and order all the heavy, boring stuff such as washing powder, loo cleaner, tinned sweetcorn, etc.

    We buy fresh fruit and veg, milk, etc as and when it's needed.

    For other stuff, I prefer online shopping, except for clothes. Knowing the size isn't enough, fit and style is crucial, in my view, so I prefer to try things on.

  11. profile image51
    luxualposted 15 years ago

    I own a web boutique and I shop online for everything.
    I find the prices are lower and you dont have to deal with millions of people.
    Don't get my wrong, I still go places but only during the day when malls are not packed.

    1. AEvans profile image71
      AEvansposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I am happy that you and I are on the same page!!! smile

    2. Anamika S profile image68
      Anamika Sposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Same here. I hate crowds at the Malls. Especially during festivals the shopping malls are too crowded. I buy things like jewelry or clothes online mostly.

  12. GiGiG profile image55
    GiGiGposted 15 years ago

    After I know a certain brand fits me well, I shop online.  I'm a very calculating shopper and usually go to the mall/online with an idea of what I want.

  13. beadsoflav profile image57
    beadsoflavposted 15 years ago

    I love to shop online and have purchased from many online shops, simply cos I need to look for unique jewellery supplies for my shop. Online shopping allows me to buy things that can't be found in my country or allow me to cut costs, especially when I can buy wholesale supplies direct from the factory that produces it. smile

  14. Junkster profile image61
    Junksterposted 15 years ago

    Oh, online all the way, in stores it tends to be more expensive, even if you are paying postage as well. 

    I could go into a high street store and buy a film on DVD for £14.99 or go online to somewhere like and it's on there for £7.99 or £12.

    The only downfall is with clothes, you definitely need to know how something fits and it's a pain if you have to return something.

    Still, I can't stand running round all the shops as things could be sold out, it would definitely be crowded as hell in shops around this time of year too.

  15. smartsource profile image59
    smartsourceposted 15 years ago

    Is online shopping safe?

    1. AEvans profile image71
      AEvansposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Yes my mother has a on-line store and she has been doing for a while. If you want to know more you can always e-mail. Welcome to HubPages!!!smile


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