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juls.dave 05-25-2007 12:22 PM

Online Shopping: The Pros and Cons and More
 
Computer technology has taken every aspect of our lifestyle. Shoppers and sellers have taken advantage of this through the emergence of online shopping. Shopping has never this fun and with the help of the internet it made everyone’s lives a lot easier. Online shopping has been practical since it saves time and effort for a lot people and lets you purchase right at the expense your home.

In online shopping you avoid lines, parking dilemmas and other people bumping at you since you can view whatever you want to purchase by just clicking all by yourself. It is actually very tempting to just click and choose from the wide array of choices over the internet and knowing that in a span of days (or some even 24 hours) what you purchased is already at your footsteps.

Online shopping has been popular as well because it gives you more items to choose from. You will not be limited to the local market since the World Wide Web is you mall. It will be a lot easier also to specifically look for the item you are eyeing and spot discounts and freebies.

However we should take a look also with the disadvantages of online shopping. First is that you won’t be able to fit clothes on yourselves unlike when you purchase it personally. Shoppers should know their size very well especially if they plan to purchase items like clothes and shoes. Pictures might be deceiving as well and sometimes that actual item doesn’t look like the way you saw it over the internet.

Second is that even though you find an item you like for a cheaper price over the internet, you must remember that aside from the selling price you will be charge of a shipping fee and they usually make the item expensive.

Lastly before anything else an online shopper must be careful with a lot of things because convenience of online shopping may entail a lot of risk as well. It is very important that the main disadvantage of online shopping is that you take the risk of divulging some personal information. Sending personal information via the internet most especially your credit card number may be unsafe since there are chances of other people hacking or viewing it.

So here are some quick recommendations for online shopping:

1. Purchase things that you don’t need to try or fit anymore. These are items like clothes and shoes which has size variation. It is better to purchase things like books, perfume, accessories since they don’t need specific sizes anymore.

2. It is not advisable to do online shopping in a public computer or internet cafes since you won’t know who the next user is.

3. Look for trusted websites where you can purchase your goods. Make sure that the website you are purchasing is encrypted. This entails only you and the retailer only to see the information. Check if a padlock icon appears at the bottom of your screen this ensures you that the website you are visiting is encrypted.

Despite the risk of online shopping many still find it practical so it is up to the user whether to get into this or not. Whatever your decisions maybe just make sure to maximize your purchasing power and technology in a safe way. So reward yourself and have happy shopping online. Enjoy!


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