The Pros and Cons of Online Shopping



Shopping online has become much more common, especially since the start of COVID-19. I personally have been shopping online more since the pandemic began. I enjoy the convenience it provides, but every now and then, I like to go out with family and friends and visit places like the mall. Like many things, online shopping has its pros and its cons.


When you shop online, you can shop for items from the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to drive over to a store and walk around having to search for what you want. With online shopping, finding what you want is often just a click away. What makes it much easier to search is the ability to filter for certain categories and narrow down the possibilities by using certain keywords.


Shopping online also allows you to price match for certain items you’d like to purchase, helping you find what you want at the lowest price available. You can compare prices across different competitors to see quickly where you could get a bargain.


Shopping online can also help you stay safe from COVID by helping you avoid contact with others outside. So if you are concerned about shopping at a certain location due to risk of infection, there will most likely be an alternative online shopping option.


Despite the many advantages and conveniences that come with online shopping, it has its downsides. If you’re purchasing new clothes or shoes, for example, you don’t have the opportunity to try them on and see if they fit and are comfortable. You won’t truly know whether they fit and feel comfortable until you wear them, and as a result, there may be times you’ll end up being unhappy with the product and having to return it.


Another negative associated with online shopping is the fact that you often have to pay for shipping. The additional shipping cost may end up making you pay more than you would have if you were just purchasing the same item directly at the store.


Online shopping also doesn’t give you the same enjoyment that you get from going out and exploring what a store has to offer. The opportunity to see the products first-hand and potentially find something that catches your eye which you weren’t thinking about purchasing beforehand is a benefit that comes with shopping outside.


The following seven websites are the best online shopping websites of 2021 according to https://www.lifewire.com/shopping-sites-online-3482901:


https://www.amazon.com/


https://www.ebay.com/


https://www.etsy.com/


https://shopping.google.com/


https://www.overstock.com/


https://www.zappos.com/


https://www.wish.com/


You can check out the following to article to find out about the seven best online shopping websites of 2021: https://www.lifewire.com/shopping-sites-online-3482901


You can also give this video a watch if you’re interested in online shopping advice:


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