Technological advancements have changed everything including the way we now go shopping. The internet has changed shopping forever and some local store have had to go to great lengths to adapt. The convenience of online shopping has become just as popular as going to the mall.
There are tons of surveys that show people preferring to shop online, however that doesn’t mean the malls are bare and certainly not at this time of year. There are plenty of shoppers who enjoy simple window shopping, and touching the merchandise before buying. So is online shopping better than actually going to the mall? Let’s find out.
The Perks of Mall Shopping
Before online shopping was available going to the mall to shop was considered extremely convenient. All the stores you wanted were in one place and they had a few restaurants too. If you wanted to buy anything, you had to go and get it.
It’s not all bad there are plenty of shoppers who like the mall, it gets you out of the house and you can see, feel and touch things before you hand over your hard earned cash. Things like clothes, jewelry and shoes, shopping at the mall is actually more convenient then returning the wrong size when you shop online. Big ticket items are often a better deal locally, the shipping costs for a new bedroom set is usually more than any discount for buying online. Payment options are easier, stores in the mall take the same credit or debit cards online does, plus they can accept cash.
The bad thing about the mall, it’s time consuming and it can be crowded. This time of year with holidays right around the corner going to the mall can seem like a nightmare. There is traffic and finding parking and when the whole thing is over you’re exhausted.
Perks of Online Shopping
There are two really big perks to online shopping. The first is the convenience, you can shop anytime, anywhere all you need to do is get on the internet. You can browse all you want and when you’re done you just pay. No leaving home, no fighting traffic, no crowds, all you need to do is pay and you’re done. Sounds pretty good right?
The other big perk is the prices, stores from all over the world are competing for your business and you can reap the benefits. Price comparisons are easy in fact there are plenty of websites that will do it for you. Beware of shipping charges though they can bite.
The disadvantages are not being able to see or touch something before you buy it, while that may be okay for a toaster, you don’t want to buy your wedding dress that way. The other is the time it takes for shipping, you could wait up to a week while at the mall you take what you want home right away.
There are reasons to shop at both, but at the end of the day it really is all about your preference, there is nothing stopping you from using both.