Going to the high street is just so last season darling, it’s all about the online marketplace and grabbing yourself the very latest designer item of clothing, gadget or cheap holiday. Online shopping is seriously big business and this fact has not been lost on savvy companies who all now understand the importance of e-commerce for everything from weekly food shopping and cheap designer toiletries to your summer holiday and last minute gifts for the ones you love but whose birthdays you forgot.
There are obvious advantages to online shopping and shipping, avoiding the queues for car parks, changing rooms and tills is the major one, with lower prices and endless choice coming a close second and third. But what you don’t get online is the hustle and bustle and excitement of shopping for real and it’s important to keep a contact with the real world after all. The other disadvantage to online shopping is that unless it’s cleverly marketed, it can be hard to keep up with the trends. Having said that, both of these gaps can be filled by other activities in your life, from socialising with your friends and talking about what’s new and what’s hot and reading online or print magazines and newspapers.
It’s unlikely that by doing a bit of online shopping for convenience sake you’ll be doing any harm at all to your social life and it really is a whole lot easier than navigating public transport or city centre traffic and parking charges once you know what you’re doing. Be careful not to become unimaginative in your online shopping habits though, when you send that parcel to a friend in time for their birthday or for Christmas, you better make sure it’s a good one.
A lot of online stores offer free delivery and free returns but to be honest, these days parcel delivery with the likes of DHL or Parcelforce really can be so cost effective that this wouldn’t necessarily persuade you to buy something from that site over another. Price comparison, just like e-commerce, is all over the web and there’s even price comparison for parcel delivery so you can get the best (read cheapest or quickest) service around, again without having to deal with the general public. As long as you’ve got more going on in your life than online shopping and comparing parcel delivery companies and couriers, both can be a nice and convenient addition to daily life.