Anyone over the age of 30 knows full well just how much the Internet has changed the world. This is more true for older folks who remember what it was like to live in an unplugged and ‘analog’ world before people posted photos of their meals, cat videos killed office productivity, and anyone was hearing from Nigerian princes looking to move mountains of money. Of all the ways the Internet has impacted the world, e-commerce may be the biggest. Keep reading to learn the advantages of online shopping!
The first advantage you are going to find in online shopping is simply the wide variety of items, products, and services that are available. Everything from toys you had forgotten you had as a kid to customized t-shirts based off something that happened on TV just last night are for sale. It used to be that if you could not find something on a store shelf or in a paper catalog, you’d either never find it or have to spend months to years looking for it. Now, it’s just a trip to Amazon or eBay for almost everything.
A second inherent advantage to online shopping is sometimes a disadvantage. The sheer volume of possibilities and product knowledge out there can answer almost any question you have, but it’s also enough to fry your brain. Still, it’s better than going into a store and having to trust either what’s printed on the packaging or the limited information the store staff might have.
The third advantage you get with online shopping is that prices, in general, but not always, are cheaper than conventional retail outlets. Websites do not have to maintain brick and mortar stores with power bills and payroll. Streamlined operations work out of a warehouse or even use third-party, affiliate, or drop shipping services for order fulfillment. This savings is passed on to you if it is not eaten up by shipping and handling.
A fourth big advantage to online shopping is volume discounts or bundling incentives. Simply put, the more you buy in one order, the more you save. Note that this does not have to be a high volume of the same item over and over. Just getting a bunch of different things from one single website means that you can likely get your shopping cart over the minimum for free shipping and handling applied.