Over the recent years online shopping has grown to a point where the customers are spending huge amounts annually all over the world on shopping products and services online. Irrespective of age or group, there is a continuous increase in the number of online customers. According to sales estimate, online sales at the end of year 2012, online sales increased by about 17% in Christmas Vacations which shot up even more sharply on Thanksgiving and Black Friday in 2012. The overall purchases globally passed $1 billion mark for online sales.
The first and most common reason for the rise in online sales in the convenience as you can shop anytime and from anywhere, even by sitting at your homes. It is a great advantage of those who are too busy to go to a physical store and spend time is selecting, waiting in a queue for payments etc. In case if you are not able to find the product at your local store or you have mobility or transport problem etc, you can order the product from an online store and from any part of the world.
Another major advantage of shopping online is the availability of a large number of online retailers that are selling the product you intend to buy and this makes it easy for you to compare the prices at different stores simultaneously and select the best price or services that suits you best. To do the same amount of comparison in the real world, you’ll need to visit different stores and spent a considerable amount of money and time on visiting different stores. However, shopping online allows you to shop even from overseas.
Shopping online saves you from extremes of weather i.e. you don’t have to go out for shopping on a hot day, or when it is snowing or raining etc. You can sit comfortably in a familiar environment and avoid large crowd in a physical store. A number of online stores offer more special offers when you buy online like discounts or free gifts on products etc. Online shopping often sees rise during the festive seasons. Online shopping is favorable for those who want to avoid huge crowd in the real world market.
Even for people who are not comfortable or nervous to shop online, the Internet is a good place to go window shopping. This way they can find and check reviews on the product they intend on buying and then visit a local store to buy the product.With our new generations being born into an increasingly advanced technological era, the online shopping market is set to expand. Experts believe that the upcoming generations will depend heavily on internet for shopping. A reason for this might be that that both the men and women going out to work, they cannot find time to take out for shopping and therefore, being able to shop for items using their computers or even handhelds, they are bound to be dependent on online shopping.