Online shopping can be a scary thing, especially if you have yourself on a strict budget in order to reduce spending and hopefully saving for the future. While all of the pros can also be cons if you look at it that way, getting you spend more money, so you have to be careful. If you are able to set boundaries with yourself, online shopping can be a wonderful thing. Grocery stores are now even offering to shop for you and deliver to your home, now including alcohol, so there may be no turning back when it comes to what you can and will get online. There are definitely plenty of ways that online shopping can open your wallet up a little more than in retail.
Hard to Beat Free Shipping
When online shopping started to get big, one of the drawbacks were paying for shipping, thinking you really have to be lazy in order to not leave the house and pay $8 for something that you can go to the store in a bit. Then it got to a point where if you hit a certain minimum spending threshold you can get free shipping, although you’d have to wait weeks it seems. Now with Amazon Prime, you can get free 2-day shipping on unlimited items if you pay the yearly membership, but as your online shopping grows, it more than pays for itself.
Never Worry about Traffic
To me, one of the reasons I tend to online shop more than in retail is avoiding traffic. Working during the week, seems like the only time to get errands done are after work or on the weekends, the busiest days to shop. Between fighting to find a parking spot, the crowds in the store, and the checkout line, not to mention even worse in bad weather, it is worth waiting the couple of day to receive from shipping to be in your comfortable clothes at home instead of going out in public with that mess.
Endless Price Comparison
If you are shopping for an item and compare prices, you are doing the right thing to try and maximize savings, but when out shopping in person, it takes times to hop from store to store, so if you go to enough stores, but the time you’ve wasted so much time and money in gas, it would have just been worth buying the first place you went. With online, you have virtually every website that has the product, available to see the price at your fingertips so you can pick the best one. If you don’t like one site, just move onto the next one in seconds.
No Closing Time
Sundays are typically the day when you have available to go shopping, but with later opening and earlier closing hours, it can be tough to get to, if the store is open at all. With online shopping, you can order any product 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If on a holiday, you may have to wait to have your order processed and shipping out the next day or so, but that doesn’t stop you for surfing the web for your next purchase during Christmas family time.
Don’t Have to Deal with Salespeople
With exception to traffic and crowds, one of the most annoying public shopping experiences are pushy salespeople. It could be as simple as “can I help you” from virtually anywhere that I like to avoid, but even those if you go to say, ABC warehouse or shopping for a car, which are virtually the same, commission only employees. To me, if I’m out looking for something I want to be left along, and if I have questions I will seek out someone, but I guess everyone needs to make an income, but this can be avoided when shopping online.
More Selection of Refurbished Items
Best Buy does have a good selection of open-box items that are practically in perfect condition, but priced less because it has already been opened and returned to the store. While there may be nothing wrong with the item, they can’t price it back to normal and put back on the shelf, so they need to discount. These refurbished items can be plentifully found online to be snatched up quickly for plenty of savings. In person, these items can be a little rarer, so it takes a little more seeking out, which again, is time and money, something that is hard to give up.