Shopping Online – Advantages & Disadvantages


Over the years shopping online has grown from the state of insecure to a readily accepted way of   buying  and selling  products  of all type ranging from jewelleries and clothing, games, laptops, iPods, books, cars, and many more. In fact, ideas and knowledge other people acquire in a particular area of interest like marketing, advertising, search engine optimization (SEO) are being copied in a Pdf format and sold out to people which are often termed as “E books” which has made  buying  of  products   online  diversified.

In the middle/late 90’s where online shopping had its origin, people hardly  buy   products   online  because of so many reasons which are discussed below:

1: Fear of not given the particular type of product ordered for: Though online shopping was at the grass root level in the 90’s people felt shopping online is absolute rubbish and could never be appreciated as a form of shopping.

Few people tried shopping online encountered problems like not given the particular product they ordered for and trying to request for their money back which proves abortive or practically impossible, so they keep informing others about the danger of shopping online.

2: Delayed time of shipping: Sometimes, people don’t get what they ordered for on time as proposed by the company they ordered their products from. I once had a friend who ordered for a game in the 90’s but never got what he ordered for, for complete 7 months. He sent emails, made phone calls but never got good reply making all his effort worthless. To be candid he got his product finally in the year 2000 (feb) which was exactly 7 months after his initial purchase of the product.

This kind of fear has made many like my friend unwilling to shop online anymore.

3: The fear of scam: Many sites in the 90’s do not really have strong foundation i.e they were set up by individuals or webmasters without having real office buildings that customers could lodge complains and does not really have people working for them.

This has made many people fear that shopping online could be a scam or rip off.

In the 21’st century which we are now, shopping most especially online has come to stay and earn people’s trust. With the introduction of faster ways of shipping/delivering products through courier services which operates 24 hours in a day and 7days in a week has made delivery of products faster and safer reaching its customer.

Nowadays, shopping online is widely accepted and easier for consumers like you and i to shop for our desired  product   online . With strong names in online industry like google, eBay, amazon and many more…, the fear of shopping online is dead and buried.

Below are some advantages of shopping online:

1: Cheaper products: The competition among advertisers of products increases everyday so does price of their products fall in order to please their customers.

The fact is , you get products at cheaper prices online than what you get at retail stores. A particular product might be sold for half its price online as compared to its original price in retail stores.

So a customer might buy a wrist watch for $200 and on getting to the retail store of the particular online company the same product might be sold for $390 a piece.

This has made many people prefer shopping  online  to  buying  from retail stores or malls.

2: Incentives: People like shopping for different reasons, but advertisers get more customers buying from them by giving out incentives which makes the customer willing to buy more. Sometimes customers are given discounts on prices when they take actions like refer a friend to advertiser’s site, some advertisers give you an additional similar product you buy from their site i.e buy one get one free!

3: Ease and comfort: The best part of online shopping is that you don’t move from one position to another anticipating the kind of product you will like to buy. All you need to do is sit down, relax and a click from your mouse does the magic.

Shopping online is really shopping with ease.

During shopping there are so many ways in which you can make payment depending on the advertiser, but the most acceptable methods adopted by most advertisers are; paying through the means of a credit/debit card, PayPal, Google checkout, bank wire transfer and many more.

If your country is not listed among the countries the advertiser accepts payment from, never worry you can always pay through bank wire transfer, which often requests you mailing or chatting with an attendant in their customer care centre who is ready and willing to attend to you online depending on the site.