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Online or Offline Shopping?

by Gumer Liston | May 28th, 2009 | Money Saving Hints
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picWhat do you prefer, shopping online from a website or actually going to a store to pick the item you want? Well, it depends on what you want to buy and on how you view shopping.

There are people who like shopping online because for them it is more convenient. With online shopping, you can actually compare items and prices quickly. You’ll have a better chance of getting the best deal because many stores are within your reach,  just a mouse-click away. Another thing that makes online shopping attractive is the fact that product reviews are easily available to help you decide which brand or model to buy. With online shopping, free shipping or delivery is almost always part or every deal, saving the shopper the cost of gas for driving in to town. With search engine technology becoming more and more sophisticated, it is possible to find almost anything that can be bought online. Being able to shop without leaving the comfort of your own home is a big plus to online shopping.

But there are things that are advantages to offline shopping that online shopping cannot give you. When you shop from a store, you can see and feel the item physically, allowing you to inspect it closely before buying it. There are products that can look better in a photograph than they really are, so it pays to be able to hold and see an item. When you are shopping for clothes for instance, it is better to try them on first in front of a full-body mirror and see how the color and style match your skin tone and body shape before making the purchase. Although some online stores are now capable of “virtual fitting,” nothing beats having your foot in the shoe and seeing how comfortable or uncomfortable it feels when worn. You are also safer from credit card fraud when you buy from a store. And when the product you buy proves to be faulty, it is easier to return it and get a refund in a store.

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