There used to be a time when online shopping does not exist. No one knew the convenience it brings. Everyone seemed to survive without it. People managed. The world went on.
Now that you have experienced the comfort of online shopping, allow your mind to wander back in time when it has yet to exist. You can ask yourself, “How did I survive?” There’s no way you can have the chance to purchase a dress for your Friday night date while you’re stuck in the middle of a busy workday. You can’t instantly buy a gift for a birthday you have forgotten. You can’t cop that personalized pillowcase handcrafted by a weaver from a country on a different continent.
Convenience is the primary quality that attracted online shopping enthusiasts. From the vast array of listings up to the return-to-vendor service it provides, online shopping has revolutionized the way people shop.
However, on top of convenience, online shopping has turned into a habit. You can catch yourself browsing through the mobile shopping apps when you’re bored or on a break. You don’t particularly have to need anything. You look at the site, and you end up convincing yourself that you need what you just purchased.
Despite the bad habits that people develop because of online shopping, there are advantages which make it all worthwhile. Here are some justifications you can use for not deleting that online shopping app.
1. You become exposed to other brands.
When you go to the mall, you’ll only see brands with big enough budget to rent a space there. These brands usually fall under a huge corporation. Of course, you’ll see success stories of brands that started as small ones and eventually finding their niche market. Then again, these are the ones that started online. Speaking of online, the internet provides a fairer environment for competition. When you go to a shopping app, you can see different types of brands: local, international, advocacy-centered, etc. These apps make it easier for you to check out the brands you haven’t heard of before and might come to love.
2. You can easily compare prices.
Researching the price and performance of products is easier online. By looking at various online retailers, you can compare the rates being offered. In addition, some apps are designed to provide you with the product from other brands that belong to the same price point. The reviews and ratings, if there are any, make it more convenient for you to compare and decide.
3. You don’t have to interact with anyone.
There are times when you don’t want to interact with anybody—not with the chattering crowd in the mall or the shopkeepers who tend to pressure you into buying goods. This is truer during the holiday season when the number of people tends to increase tenfold. Think of shopping online as shopping in peace. You don’t have to battle it out for a slot in the parking space and payment line.
4. You get to have an electronic record of your purchase.
Gone are the days when you compute your expenses by checking out paper receipts. Keeping track of your expenses is easier through online shopping. Having a digital record saves you from the hassle of trying to figure out where you spent your money on.
To top it all, opening a cutely-packaged box from the courier can make you feel like it’s your birthday. Every. Single. Time. Do what makes you happy, but spend wisely!