• Convenience – Shopping online means that you can shop anywhere that has internet access. You can shop at home, at a friend’s house, at work, or even on your cellphone. If it’s a gift, you can have it sent to their house and gift wrapped. Depending on the products, you could even download it directly to your computer.
• Discounts – Before purchasing any major items, I always check to see if it’s cheaper online. Online inventories are different from your local stores. So they might have different discounts on the same items. There’s also “online only” deals, coupons, and promo codes that can’t be used in stores.
• Better Variety – Online stores aren’t as limited as your localized businesses. Because they have a larger customer base and bigger warehouses, they’re able to hold more products. My favorite is their clearance sections. I always find great amount of items for cheap that I can’t find in the stores.
• No Retail Environment – By shopping online, you can avoid long lines, searching for items, circling the parking lot, out of stock items, or open and close hours. How many times have you been ready to check out and have to wait for a guest issue? Or how about the wrong price? You have to dispute the price with the employee, have someone verify the wrong price, and then have a manager come over to change it to the correct price. When you shop online, you know exactly what you’re paying for before you pay for it.
• Product Descriptions/Reviews – One of my favorite things about shopping online is that I can view information about the product, such as descriptions or dimensions. More importantly, I can read product reviews from other people who have purchased and tried out the items themselves. Many times, they have saved me the hassle of buying an item that was not up to par. Since I’m online as well, I can utilize the internet to find more information or similar items.
About the Author
Jo Harris is a writer and the Outreach Director for the Morgan Law Firm, a firm that represents clients going through a divorce in Austin divorce firm. See additional articles on the firm’s Austin Divorce Blog.