Yes, we could agree upon the fact that there are several downsides in online shopping as to why some consumers would still choose to go in-stores but surely, the advantages outweighs the disadvantages. Otherwise, online shops wouldn’t grow rapidly, would it?
If you’re still hesitant to try online shopping, here are the top reasons and benefits why online shopping won the hearts of many consumers.
Definitely the top reason why consumers choose to rather shop online is due to the ease and convenience it provides. Wouldn’t you prefer checking out and purchasing products through online with a few mouse clicks, in the comfort of your home wearing your pajamas and soon have them delivered in your doorstep? Seems like a great deal, isn’t it?
If it takes you 4 hours roaming the stores in the mall until you purchase something, it can only take you several minutes if you choose to shop online. Also, there’s no ‘mall hours’ to observe so if you want to shop at midnight, go ahead.
No hustling with other consumers, no more minutes wasted looking for a parking spot, no more additional gas expenses, no more dressing up and ultimately, no more wasting your precious time. That’s a few among the other convenience brought to you by online shopping.
Doesn’t your feet hurt strolling around the mall, flipping each stores upside down until you finally find the perfect product you’re looking for? Oh wait, your trip to the mall doesn’t end there yet since you still have two more items to buy.
Online stores provide a wide variety of products you can browse through. Several brands and products from different sellers are there, it’s all in one place.
#3: Better prices
Of course, who doesn’t want to save more money when shopping? The reason why some products has lower prices online is because it’s sold straight from the manufacturers.
Online businesses understand consumers’ dilemmas and their hunt for lower prices. That is why such businesses reduce their profit margin to attract more customers. Also, these stores has the best deals and discount coupons to offer!
#4: Anything and everything is at reach
Since a wide variety of products is present in online stores, you can find clothes; gadgets and other devices; health and beauty products and the likes all in one place.
Can’t seem to find the product you’re looking for in one mall so you had to go run down the second mall for it? Online shopping has made this easier for the consumers. To put it simply, a single online store can have as much products as what 10 or more mall stores offer. No more roaming to various mall stores and find what you need by typing it in the search bar and start the hunt in a few mouse clicks. Plus, it’s easier to compare prices.
#5: No queues and crowds
This is one advantage that a lot of consumers would like. Tired of waiting in a long line just to pay for one item? Can’t seem to shop comfortably because of the annoying sales clerk and huge crowd?
If you’ve been in this situation before, you know how irritating this is and how twice as exasperating this is when shops are on sale. If you shop online, you can be done within minutes and not have loads of shopping bags in your hands and’ aching feet and muscles.
#6: Avoids impulse buying
Whenever we’re at the mall, we tend to visit stores we don’t usually go to and we don’t plan to and often times, we leave the store with an unplanned purchase in our hands.
Walking pass a bazaar or stores on sale requires a little checking out here and there so next thing you know, you’ve got 5 shopping bags in your hands that are not on your ‘to buy’ list. Also, don’t we tend run onto the Dairy Queen more often than not when at the malls? We usually find ourselves eating out before or after we shop which only means one thing: additional expenses!
#7: Helps track your spending
You’ve been in more or less than ten stores and before you notice it, you already have loads of shopping bags in your hands and an almost empty pocket that had you scratching your head thinking, “Where did it go?”
Online shopping has made budgeting your purchases easier. After ‘putting into cart’ your online purchases and finally hitting the ‘checkout’ button, a rundown of your purchases will be shown so you have the option to remove or keep an item in your cart. It’s a perfect time to finally set your mind on whether or not you’ll buy another smartphone or other items. Also, it’s a great way to work out and with your budget.
Skip the traditional shopping and go online instead. Surely, these reasons will convince you to finally sit at home, grab your laptop and shop in your own comfort. Got more thoughts to add and share? Leave a comment below and share it with us!
About Chie Suarez: When she couldn’t be found eating pizza or indulging on sweets, Chie writes for Zapals — a global shopping site that delivers one of the largest innovative online department stores to people in the world.