Depending on the person, shopping can either be an enjoyable or a horrifying experience. Before the internet, shopping involved people walking into shops to buy whatever they needed. When the internet became a thing, e-commerce was introduced, making shopping for a lot of people super convenient.
E-commerce refers to the purchasing and selling of products and services over the web. In 2021, Statista estimated that there were 2.14 million digital buyers in the world, and these numbers are expected to keep growing. Nigeria has a variety of online shopping sites and apps such as Jumia, Konga, Payporte, and more.
2020 saw a huge rise in online shopping due to the pandemic. People had to stay at home but they still had needs to meet, so more online shopping took place than usual.
Now, onto the main point of this article- is online shopping easier than physical shopping? For various reasons, the answer to this question is subjective; there is no one-size-fits-all answer. To avoid giving a response that may not reflect reality for many people, I will share the benefits of online shopping and let you make your own decision. Fair enough, right?
Why do some people prefer online shopping?
1. It’s Easier To Compare Prices
When you have access to multiple online shops, it’s easier to compare price points and go with a shop that is more suitable for you without moving an inch.
2. Quicker Access To Reviews
Online shopping has made it really easy for intending customers to see reviews of products to enable them to make a more informed decision.
3. Transporting Your Purchases Is Not Your Problem
One cool thing about online shopping is that you don’t have to worry about shipping your newly purchased item, the company takes care of that at a certain cost, and sometimes for free. In this case, you will not have to worry about transportation if you do not have a car.
4. No Crowds
Shopping online is an excellent option for people who are generally uncomfortable in crowds.
5. You can shop online at anytime and anywhere. You could wake up in the middle of the night and place an order and have it delivered to you. It’s incredibly stress-free in that regard.
5. Gift Cards Are Easier To Buy And Redeem
Let’s say you were given a Sephora gift card as a birthday present, and you don’t want to go to their store, you can redeem those gift cards on their website. You could also buy a gift card from your favorite store online and send to your loved one, without moving an inch. Fun fact, you can also sell gift cards you don’t need on online trading platforms.
There are several reasons why people choose to shop online. For the most part, the biggest factor that people consider is the convenience they are assured when they make purchases online. If you have never shopped online and are too scared to, I hope I have been able to lure you with these reasons.