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 http://swiftmoney.com/payday-loans-for-bad-credit.php. 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.
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