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Pros & Cons of Online Gift Shopping

November 26th, 2012

As Christmas approaches, people start rushing to retail stores to buy gifts for their friends and family. It may take you a long time to select the perfect presents, especially if you want to get priceless reactions from your loved ones. If you cannot afford to dedicate a lot of time to Christmas shopping, going online may be the ideal solution. There are, however, advantages and disadvantages to online shopping.

Shopping Christmas Gifts Online
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Advantages of Online Shopping

Convenience

With online shopping, you can find the perfect gift with a few keystrokes and clicks of the mouse. You don’t even have to get out of your pajamas or wait in line! Moreover, since online shops are open 24/7, you can even shop during the wee hours of the morning when most retailers are closed. With online shopping, you can also have gifts delivered, already gift-wrapped, directly to your friends and relatives, saving you time and effort.

Comparing products and prices is also much simpler online – the information you need is right at your fingertips. (You may even come across extra discount coupons in the course of your research!) You can easily find product reviews or take advantage of one of the many price comparison sites, eliminating the need to visit multiple retail shops to find the item you want.

Avoiding Crowds

With online shopping, you can avoid the multitudes of people in malls who have the same aim as you – to snag the best deals. You don’t have to shop in a hurry, worried someone might get ahead of you and grab that last pair of shoes you’re thinking of giving your sister. With online shopping, you can just click on an item, choose a size and color and pay for it without the stress of having to elbow through crowds of people.

Disadvantages of Online Shopping

Shopping Blind

When you shop online, you don’t get the chance to see and inspect the product for yourself, feel its texture or try it on. What may look stunning in a product photo may not look good on you. Similarly, items that look plain on a website may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Defective Items

If you find that an item is defective, you may need to pay to have it shipped back to the online retailer to have it replaced or get your money back. Not only will this take time, it may also cost you more money than you would have spent had you bought it from a physical store.

Shipping Costs & Time

Delivery costs depend on the weight or size of the item you are purchasing. Because of this, products bought online may end up costing more than those bought in-store due to shipping fees. However, there are some shops that offer free shipping when you reach a certain amount.

If you’re doing last-minute shopping, you need to wait for the gift to be delivered, which means your gifts may arrive late. Shipping time may take a few days to weeks, although you can ask for same day delivery for an additional fee.

Weigh the pros and cons of online shopping before you purchase your holiday presents. Go for the best deals that will save you both time and money for a stress-free shopping experience.

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