Before the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly before advancements in technology directed everyone’s attention to the online world, most people would do their shopping in stores. This was the standard and actually quite an enjoyment for many individuals since it gave them a reason to go outside and hang out with friends.
Nowadays, even before the pandemic and home quarantine rules were implemented, people started to shift to online shopping as it allowed them to save time by not having to travel to local stores. Although the social aspect was missing, people began to prefer having their shopping delivered to them, even if it cost more money for the delivery.
But the lack of in-store visiting isn’t a bad thing. Just because fewer people are going to their local stores doesn’t mean that businesses are losing money. That is, of course, if that shop has an online store version. If it doesn't, it will certainly lose to its competitors that do have an online presence, whose fault only lies with the business and not the consumers.
Benefits of Buying Online
The reality is that purchasing your products online completely outweighs the benefits of in-person purchasing. One great benefit that has been mentioned already is the possibility of receiving your shopping without having to leave your doorstep. So for those who never liked going to crowded places or those who are not too sociable, this benefit would be their motivator for shopping online.
You can take your time shopping
Naturally, with online shopping, you can have all the time in the world to look and browse at the products available. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about losing or fighting over the product with someone else or feel rushed by the salesperson waiting on standby.
Furthermore, you will know if the products you’re looking for are available or sold out – the Synca Quzy Premium Wireless Neck and Shoulder Massager being a perfect example of an easily viewable sold-out item. On the other hand, if you went to the store to check for your desired item and it was not available, then you would have to search elsewhere or come back another time to try again.
You can support businesses during the pandemic
This benefit is a little more situational, but it is still a great benefit for businesses and local stores. Since the lockdown rules have caused many stores to shut down, their only chance of recovering financially is through online purchasing. Shopping online is an amazing benefit to consumers being quarantined at home and to business owners who are struggling to make a living in this time of worldwide economic crises.
Benefits of Buying In Person
Although not as much as online shopping, purchasing your products in person has its benefits too. One, of course, is you get to shop with friends or go to other places like the cinemas while you’re on your shopping errand. But the thing that is not appealing to people of today’s generation is that it takes more effort to shop outside than online.
You can feel your product
If there is one con that is obvious or one that all people know about online shopping is that there is always a doubt about purchasing the products. Since you don’t get to physically see the products in online stores, regardless of how many pictures or images they display, you can’t be fully sure if there are any damages or faults to it. Unlike going into the store, you can physically see and feel the products. You might even get to test the products out to determine if they work or fits what you’re looking for.
However, to counter this, many online stores are taking into account this common doubt and have taken measures to reassure customers of their online purchases. One example is the Infinity Riage X3 Massage Chair with a whopping five-year limited warranty. So if you had this product delivered to you and you found some faults, then you can return the product for a replacement or receive a free repair.
Moreover, this massage chair also has free shipping and a fast delivery rate of just a couple of days. So these extra measures that online stores go to, among others, can certainly help customers feel a little more comfortable with their online purchasing.
You don’t have to wait for the delivery
Despite the fast delivery rate of some online stores, you still have to, nonetheless, wait for your products or shopping to arrive. And, unfortunately, you don’t always have a choice on how long your shopping will take to arrive. In most cases, this can take days, which may not seem that long. But when compared to purchasing the items in person from the physical store, you can take home what you’ve bought on the spot.
In addition, you won't have to worry about your packages being damaged during the delivery process because you'll be personally handling the items. But the downside of doing your own delivery is that you will need to either commute home with everything in your hands or provide your own car service. And if you're purchasing large products, not having your own car can undoubtedly pose a big issue of getting them home. Fortunately, some stores offer a delivery service for such situations, but you will still have to pay extra for this.
Both online shopping and in-person purchasing provide their solid shares of pros and benefits. Like with most things in life, they also have their reasonable share of cons and downsides. But if you were to determine the winner of the two, that ultimately depends on your circumstance since not all people have the same preference and living conditions or situations. Nevertheless, if you want to know more about online shopping and shipping, you can always call us at (833) 627-7245 or speak to us through our live chat.