Are you shopping online all the time these days as well? If yes, then read on!
Before Covid-19 came into our lives, it was both fun and tiring to go out and buy all our favourite things. But due to preventive measures, we are locked inside our homes with everything around us being virtual. Though initially, the prospect of buying everything online seemed super dreadful, now it has actually taken on an amusing and feasible alternative to the planning associated with walking inside a store!
Since every new habit comes with its own share of both pleasure and pain, therefore let’s know the pros & cons of online shopping in our lives!
Pros of Online Shopping
1) Saves Time
Before, shopping used to consume a lot of our time. Hence, from driving to malls to standing in queues at cash counters to pay for the purchased items, a lot of time was wasted. But now, because of online shopping, we can explore products on the search bar at a website, select them and buy them through online transactions. See how simple it is for us now to save time!
2) Plenty Of Variety
Through online shopping, we have the opportunity to choose from a large variety of products and websites. Moreover, there is no limit on the number of items we buy since they will be delivered directly from distribution centres. Hence, no matter how big our order it will be delivered safely. A big plus point for shopaholics like us!
3) Everything At A Bargain
Sales are a big yes while shopping for us shopaholics! As we know, prices generally are lower in online shopping as compared to physical shops. But due to a lot of loss because of Covid-19, companies have been selling their products online at discounts. Hence, we get to save money and buy our favourite items at a lower price!
4) Easy Payment
Online shopping has made payments easy, making it safer and feasible at any time. Hence, now we don’t need to enter long card details or personal information. Moreover, there is always an option on cash on delivery which makes purchasing even easier as we pay after receiving our order!
5) More Convenient
Online shopping gives us flexibility since we do not have to show up, and it is easy for us to get things on our doorstep. Moreover, we can buy things from our homes, workplaces or anywhere. Hence, thanks to online shopping, everything we want is at our fingertips and only requires a click!
Cons of Online Shopping
1) Misrepresentation Of Products
Sometimes the items we see on our screen online tend to be not the same when delivered to us. For instance, we ordered a stitched pink kurta from a very renowned brand, but when it was delivered, it turned out to be red. Hence, it is a professional photography flaw from the brand’s side that decreases customer’s interest to buy again from them.
FUCHSIA Tip: Always avail the customer live-chat facility while shopping online, and if there isn’t any, then contact them on their social media networks.
2) Try Before You Buy
Trying clothes in the trial room was one of the most fun activities we used to do before the pandemic. But, now we don’t get that facility through online shopping to know our perfect fit. Hence, brands should have this trial offer before actually purchasing to make it easy for us.
FUCHSIA Tip: Measure your sizes at home, and compare those with the size chart on the website of your favourite brand for perfect fitting.
3) Return Fees
Most well-known companies have return policies that are free of cost and helpful to us as online buyers. But mostly, some local companies have return policies that often require us to pay refund fees, even for defective items. Hence, it shows us how valuable we as customers are to them.
FUCHSIA Tip: Do read the Return & Exchange policy of any online website before buying products.
4) Shipping Issues
Not many online shopping websites have the same delivery day, and they take several working days to deliver. Moreover, depending on our item and location, they might charge more shipping costs than the cost of our order. Hence, it is not at all an economical and persuasive attribute of all firms.
FUCHSIA Tip: Honestly, if you want to use something for a specific day, you should order it before a week.
5) Chances Of Fraud
If you are shopping from a well-recognized company, then you are at less risk while shopping online. But, if you are shopping from local pages and stores, there is a higher risk of fraud. Hence, we should always be vigilant and alert while shopping from the website because you never know where your money or information goes.
FUCHSIA Tip: Beware of websites that demand more personal information than just your name, address, and credit card number.
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I am Emaan Rehman and I am a BBA student at Salim Habib University, Karachi. I’m an Instagram writer. Writing and reading is my passion. I believe a person who reads is someone who can conquer the world with his/her intelligence and wisdom of knowledge.