Shopping online versus physically going to shop at a retailer are two processes that vary like night and day. There are those of us that feel we must physically go to the store to view an item with our own two eyes and touch it with our own two hands. Only to then still find ourselves dis-satisfied and then waiting in the long customer service line to return the items. Meanwhile, for others shopping online has become the norm. There are quite a few advantages of shopping online in the comfort of our homes.
1. Shopping online eliminates the pressure to buy from a salesperson. After a sale-person has invested the time to explain the ins and outs of an item or has brought over 17 pair of shoes, then an atmosphere of expectation is created. The expectation that you are a serious buyer and that you are going to make a purchase at that very moment. Hence that pressure increases and can be stressful especially when you may not feel %100 sure you want that particular item. Also some retailers require their sales people to up-sale you and to offer extras. Those extras can be anything from extended warranties to water repellant for your shoes. Let’s face it, many of never use those extras. Lastly, because they have worked so hard for you, you want them to get their commission. I have worked in sales, I have literally had people say to me, ” I am only buying this because your sweet and I want you to get your commission.” I am guilty of it as well, especially when it comes to the sample representatives, because they get a commission usually per unit sold, I tend to purchase a not so exceptional item so they can get their commission.
2. Shopping online allows for more time to do a thorough product comparison. There are inherit store distractions and not-to-mention factoring in the physical fatigue of going from one retailer to another. It’s not a great feeling to make a purchase out of fatigue and frustration, thinking that you are going to just get something to end the torture. Only to later find out another retailer had a better version at a better price. Reduce the chances of buyers remorse by watching YouTube product reviews and using the side by side online comparisons. Ultimately the goal is to purchase the right product the first time of around.
3. Allows you to focus on the intended item rather than picking up so many unexpected items that will take you outside of your intended budget. We have all been there, where we plan to pick up only two items from the store and instead pick up ten. I have had it happen numerous times, when what was supposed to be a $20 purchase turned into a $65 purchase, because I saw lots of other things that I felt I needed at the time. Online shopping allows you to better focus on the mission at hand to eliminate picking up a lot of unintentional items.
4. In the event you did pick up some extras, then shopping online allows you the opportunity to remove items from your cart, with none the wiser. We’ve all had it happen at the register where the total came out to be way more than we estimated. Rather than putting back some items instead we go ahead and bite the bullet. Later while driving home shaking our heads thinking about how we have done it again. At least when you are shopping online and you see a total that is higher than expected you will be more prone to go ahead and remove unnecessary items from the cart before proceeding with the purchase. Hence money saved since it was not money spent.
5. Exclusive online promo-codes, discounts, and offers are available. Even though a retailer may be having a major sale nationwide, often times there are even more discounts that are exclusively offered online. Not to mention promo-codes that may be plastered across their homepage. I have even come across instances where there were products that were sold exclusively online and could not be purchased in store, hence increasing the likelihood that you find the perfect product.
6. Shopping online saves time. Time is our most precious commodity and it cannot be returned. Online shopping eliminates the travel time from one retailer to the next and waiting in line for check-out. Product comparison time is greatly reduced. Also when you are shopping online at home, you can eat lunch at home, instead of having to purchase lunch else-where because it’s more convenient time-wise to do while you are out and about. I love Schloztcky’s deli and Quiznos as much as the next person, but lunch at home is free-ish. Also shopping online allows you to send gifts straight from the retailer rather than having to wait in line at the post office to ultimately pay them to ship your item. Don’t fret, most retailers offer gift wrapping for a nominal fee. So hence even more time saved. 🙂
Wanna Talk about a Few Online Shopping Tips?:
- Always, always, always search online for a promo codes before making your purchase, sites like RetailMeNot.com tend to have promo codes compiled. It only takes a few minutes to search for a code that could potentially save you quite a bit of dough. Don’t hesitate to try more than one code if possible.
- Always subscribe to the retailers site (if possible do it 24 hours in advance,) usually an email with a promotional discount is sent out. I have made this mistake in the past, rushing to make a last-minute purchase, only to find an email with a time stamp before my order for 20% off my total purchase. Jeez talk about a sad moment. 🙁
- Leave items in the cart- depending on the amount of time you have this may not be possible. It’s been my experience that when you add items to your cart with some retailers and then leave them there for a few days you will begin to get emails reminding you to purchase the items. Then suddenly the discounts for those items begin to roll in and that is when you pounce on the purchase.
- Take advantage of comparison tools-lots of retailers allow you to make side by side comparisons of items.
- Pay attention to shipping- sometimes you can get more for less, for example: Lets say your total is $38 with $12 shipping, but if you purchase $50 or more then you get free shipping (do you see where I am going with this?) I would rather buy another item for $12 like a cute neck scarf that I could give as gift later that would put me at the $50 total with free shipping. Don’t just give money away, be creative. Let all of those pesky math word problems we had to solve as kids finally begin to pay off. 🙂
- Compare shipping between sites. For example I discovered that Macy’s does same day shipping if you live in the vicinity. That same day option for me outweighed paying a little less for an item that still has shipping to wait for.
- When it comes to clothes and shoes, know your sizes by the brand. All clothes and shoes are not created equal, unfortunately there are a lot of brands that vanity size. We would like to think a size 7 shoes is the same across the board, but that’s just not true. For example, if you know that all of your Nike shoes are size 7, but your Sperry shoes are size 6.5, then that allows you to order the correct size the first time around. Happy Savings!!