Shopping In-Store vs. Online #ShoppingYourWay

We all have our favourite way of shopping. For some people that’s at a retail complex on a Saturday, and for others it’s with a laptop on a Wednesday night. Online shopping seems to be getting bigger and bigger, especially for companies like ASOS who don’t even have actual premises.

Obviously with young children, shopping in a city centre becomes the equivalent of running a marathon, as you’ll remember from this post last year. That’s why online shopping is our saviour. I can tuck the kids up in bed, and spend a good two hours doing uninterrupted shopping.

According to Swift Money, 54% still prefer in-store shopping, as it’s easier to see what you’re buying, the quality of it, and it enables you to try things on. People also preferred to shop in-store because there’s less chance of their card and bank details being stolen.

However, I love online shopping for finding deals and sales. Christmas is always a time when people struggle, which is why they might need to get a loan out through But I find that shopping online works out cheaper (though you do have to be careful of those delivery costs).

It’s common for multiple retailers to stock the same item at different prices, so shopping around is a must. It’s more difficult to do this in-store. It would take you about an hour to browse 5 shops, whereas you could probably do it in ten minutes online, finding the same item for a cheaper price.

When shopping online, I can also search for voucher codes allowing money off purchases. In-store, there’s occasionally a sale, but that’s all the money you get off. Online, however, you can get free delivery, 10% off your first order, and sometimes money off for signing up to receive a newsletter. Around Christmas, especially with children, these little amounts add up to quite a lot.

In the Swift Money survey, they found that people are more likely to buy electrical goods (29%) and clothes/accessories (27%) online, but were least likely to buy shoes or large purchases such as furniture or a car. If I shop with sites that I know, I can guess the clothing size I need and it’s usually right, but shoes can be a bit more risky.

Large purchases need to be viewed beforehand. I’d never buy a car without test-driving it first, which means that an online purchase would be out.

Which do you prefer: online or in-store? Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #Shoppingyourway


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  1. October 18, 2017 / 5:12 am

    Online for me anyday. Frankly neither I have the time nor the patience to go to a mall and browse through the shops when I can do it online whenever I feel like. Simple!

    • Laura Dove
      October 19, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      Especially at this time of year, Christmas shopping is way easier on line! xx

  2. October 18, 2017 / 7:09 am

    I would still prefer in store shopping because I like to see the actual products that I am going to purchase.. As for clothes and shoes, I prefer trying it on to know if the fit and color will look good on me..

    • Laura Dove
      October 19, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Yes I agree, but on line shopping is easier when I have the kids with me! xx

  3. October 19, 2017 / 9:42 am

    Its Online for me, handling home, office and a kid doesn’t allow any more time from my schedule. SO I just browse the trends online and order one for me:)

    • Laura Dove
      October 19, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      I agree, I do 90% on line these days! xx

  4. October 19, 2017 / 11:46 am

    I am a great fan of online shopping. I also started shopping online world wide where free shiping i provided. Its so convenient. I personally do not like going to malls. It just confuses me!

    • Laura Dove
      October 19, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      Me too! Free shipping is such a great idea! I always end up buying more! xx

  5. October 19, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    For me, it still depends to the item I am purchasing. You are right there are items that still need to been before purchasing but mist of the time I shop online as I am being saved from all the road and crowd hassle.

    • Laura Dove
      October 19, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      I agree, and shopping with kids is never fun! xx

  6. October 19, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    I do purchase items online and yes it saves a lot of time but I do like to do shopping in old style sometimes. Voucher codes is one of the reason why I like purchasing online.

    • Laura Dove
      October 19, 2017 / 8:12 pm

      Oh me too, sometimes a walk around the shops is nice too! xx

  7. Our Family World
    October 20, 2017 / 6:12 am

    I shop online for grocery and household items. Travel deals, hotel accommodations, even airline tickets are also what I purchase online. However, when it comes to clothing, shoes, electronics, appliances, I have to purchase that in-store. I need to speak with a sales person to ask some questions before purchasing.

    • Laura Dove
      October 22, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      Yes I think there are some items better suited to buying in store. xx

  8. Kim
    October 20, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    There are some shops I don’t mind doing online, ones that I know my size to a tee but others I like going in and trying stuff on, dubai isn’t great for online shopping in my opinion,delivery is always a nightmare and I find myself having regular arguments with courier companies.stuff like phone cases and electronic accessories I buy online though because they are always a lot cheaper,although I buy my fruit and veg online because it is 10 time cheaper than the supermarkets here…

    • Laura Dove
      October 22, 2017 / 1:32 pm

      Yes clothes can be a pain because sizes vary so much! Drives me crazy! xx

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