Top 10 Benefits of Online Shopping

Advantages of Online Shopping

The Internet has revolutionized the way we shop. Because of the numerous advantages and benefits, more and more people these days prefer buying things online over the conventional method of going into stores.

What are some reasons that many people love online shopping and why is it so popular? Below are my top ten reasons for shopping online.

10 Benefits

Given below is my list of 10 reasons why it is better than conventional shopping.

  1. Convenience. The convenience is the biggest perk. Where else can you comfortably shop at midnight while in your pajamas? There are no lines to wait in or shop assistants to wait on to help you with your purchases, and you can do your shopping in minutes. Online shops give us the opportunity to shop 24/7, and also reward us with a ‘no pollution’ shopping experience. There is no better place to buy informational products like e-books, which are available to you instantly, as soon as the payment goes through. Downloadable items purchased online eliminate the need for any kind of material goods at all, as well, which helps the environment!
  2. Better prices. Cheap deals and better prices are available online, because products come to you direct from the manufacturer or seller without middleman being involved. Many online shops offer discount coupons and rebates as well. Apart from this, online shops are only required to collect a sales tax if they have a physical location in our state, even if we buy from a store across the world.
  3. More variety: The choices online are amazing. One can get several brands and products from different sellers all in one place. You can get in on the latest international trends without spending money on airfare. You can shop from retailers in other parts of the country, or even the world, all without being limited by geography. A far greater selection of colors and sizes than you will find locally are at your disposal. Apart from that, the stock is much more plentiful. Some online shops even provisions in place to accept orders for items out of stock and ship it when the stock becomes available. You also have the option of taking your business to another online store where the product is available.
  4. You can send gifts more easily. Sending gifts to relatives and friends is easy, no matter where they are. Now, there is no need to make distance an excuse for not sending a gift on occasions like birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and so forth.
  5. Fewer expenses. Many times, when we opt for conventional shopping, we tend to spend a lot more than planned. There are other outside expenses on things like eating out, transportation, and let's not forget impulse buys!
  6. Price comparisons. Comparing and researching products and their prices is so much easier online. Also, we have the ability to share information and reviews with other shoppers who have firsthand experience with a product or retailer.
  7. No crowds. If you are like me, you hate crowds when you're shopping. Especially during festivals or special events, they can be such a huge headache. Also, it tends to be more chaotic when there are more crowds out and this sometimes makes us feel rush or hurried. Grumpy, annoying, and smelly people also annoy me when I'm out shopping. Plus, parking becomes a huge issue. All of these problems can be avoided when you shop online.
  8. Less compulsive shopping. Often times when we're out shopping, we end up buying things compulsively that we don't really need. All because shop keepers pressure us or use their selling skills to compel us to make these purchases. Sometimes, we even compromise on our choices because of the lack of choices in those shops.
  9. Buying old or unused items at lower prices. The marketplace on the Internet makes it much easier for us to buy old or unused things at rock bottom prices. Also, if we want to buy antiques, there's no better place to find great ones.
  10. Discreet purchases are easier. Some things are better done in the privacy of your home. Online shops are best for discreet purchases for things like adult toys, sexy lingerie, and so on. This enables me to purchase undergarments and lingerie without embarrassment or any paranoia that there are several people watching me.

So, have I given enough reasons to choose online shopping over conventional shopping? Please comment below on why you and others prefer it!

Things to remember when Buying from Online Stores

When you are buying from online stores make sure that you check out the following.

  • Does the online store value your privacy and confidentiality? Is their privacy policy available to read if you want to see it?
  • How long have they been in business? Are they reputed in business with great reviews from customers?
  • Does the online store have a way to contact them?
  • If you’re unhappy with your purchase, do they have a refund policy?

If you take care of the above, Online shopping can be a very rewarding experience because of its numerous benefits.

Women love Shopping.
Women love Shopping.

What do you like best about Online Shopping?

  • Convenience
  • Cheaper Price
  • Choices
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Simicart 9 months ago from USA

Online Shopping is really convenient and saves time and effort for people.

And today are turning to mobile users increasingly strong, and M-commerce has been and will be the inevitable trend of modern times.

Purchasing via mobile really too convenient!

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Rukh 20 months ago from Pakistan

You will get cheap price, variety, comfort, best deal.

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amazaving 21 months ago

It's the convenience factor for me which makes online shopping so useful. That and the discounts you can find!

RaghavHanda 2 years ago

You are right guys online shopping is a very good way, because online shopping also helped me, in my Urgent shopping cases .

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Daddy Paul 3 years ago from Michigan

Yes save money shop online!

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joym7 3 years ago from United States

Yes, online shopping is good. Now doing online shopping is become one of my hobby. You will get cheap price, variety, comfort, best deal. What else you want?

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cablemanagements 3 years ago from India

I agree to u.... but in today's era everyone is having busy schedule.... so to find out some time from that schedule for shopping is not very easy... so i prefer online shopping because it saves my time and at the mean time provides me great options and a lot of varieties for a particular thing or goods i want to shop for...

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bulkmarketplaza 3 years ago

i also prefer online shopping its very convenient

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OBrien26 3 years ago

So true. Shopping online is a god sent to those who aren't big fans of shopping in brick-and-mortar stores. I agree with you. I don't know what I would do without the internet because I do all of my shopping from clothing, to car parts, to exercise equipment, to even supplements. It's like having the world's largest menu for you to choose from.

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Qurbani 4 years ago

Internet has totally changed the way we do our Purchasing. Because of the several Advantages and Advantages of Purchasing On the internet more and more people nowadays choose On the internet Purchasing over traditional shopping.

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talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

This is very useful! I buy what other stores in my area don't have online. Speaking of local, it can help you save more on shipping and handling.

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monicamelendez 4 years ago from Salt Lake City

I buy a lot of stuff on Amazon and I completely love it. Things are almost always a lot cheaper on there than they are where I live and it's so much more convenient.

Yolanda Gonzalez 4 years ago

Obvious and Concise . I will look more of your post.

webpromotica 4 years ago

Online shopping has provided an amazing way to grab your desired products on discounted price tag...........

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tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

My favorite advantage of online shopping are the customer reviews and specifications. It's a great way to find the right product, especially for electronics where its impossible to actually "see" what you're buying at a physical store since the important parts of the product are hidden inside the case.

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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

That's why I prefer shopping online, specially with free shipping. And in the list, my favorite reason would be number 6, comparison of prices. And before I decide to buy something I always read reviews first. Awesome hub! Voted up! :)

sakim 4 years ago

shopping online is my hobby. I don't have to spend extra charges on fares. I like it as everything is available with just a click of my fingertip.

Mandy 4 years ago

Can I know more about why can get better prices by online shopping?

Nalinie Abeyasinghe 4 years ago

I like online shopping.Because my timetable is very busy.some items very easy and convenience for apply in online.Shopping online can be better for life. bigger variety or number of international apply so fast.I send some gift item online shopping two weeks online shopping make comparison and research and prices very possible.

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incomeguru 4 years ago from Lagos

The benefits of online shopping should not be undermined. Apart from convenience attached to this, it's cost saving for those that know how to get the best deal online.

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radhikasree 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

I too prefer online shopping to conventional shopping. One main advantage I've seen with online shopping is that you get the right product of your choice. If you go to shops, you'll end up buying with salesmen's choice, not yours. Nice hub. Voted up as useful.

Sharing with my friends here.

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smiileyfacexo 4 years ago from New Zealand

That's so true. I also prefer online shopping. Thanks for this hub.

Ambika 4 years ago

Hi.. I must thank you for excellent information.. I am a fellow writer like you.. I got some valuable information from your article.. as we all do.. But unlike other i prefer to thank the information's source if possible. Thanks of your information.. Bye..

anonymous 4 years ago

this article helped me quite a lot in my assignment.....

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lex123 4 years ago

You have rightly mentioned all the benefits of online shopping. However, I will add one more thing - preferably shop from your own computer, and avoid a public computer for online shopping, for the sake of security.

Lak 4 years ago

Yah, online shopping was always been a great experience to me too. But I am curious to know, what is the stuff that majority of them love to buy online?

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how-to-make 4 years ago from India

ultimate hub. You have covered allmost all parts of online shopping benefits in this hub. I like it.

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maxravi 4 years ago from India

Thanks for the hub.but still there are some items you can't buy online like shoes, even some dress as you want to get a trial of that.In online shopping returning item and ask for refund is a long process.what you think?

Jeanne Chinn 4 years ago

I love online shopping because my dog is not allowed in a lot of stores, even though he is well behaved. I hate crowds and lines too. Holiday shopping is stress free this way and if you're worried about using your credit card online, you can get a pre-paid credit card to eliminate that worry.

martina 4 years ago

hi Anamika, i totally agree with your article. I want to ask u something more about the on-line shopping in India!! what do u think about it??!! which type of Indian people are actually using online sites to buy on sites like or can u give me some advices about it. Im writing a thesis about it and all your suggestions can be helpful for me. Thanks

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wanderlust9 4 years ago

Better prices is one of the main reasons that online shopping has taken off. The simple fact that the middle men are cut out of the delivery chain leads to a reduction in the cost and thus the final price of the product.

Tiara 4 years ago

I completely understand. Thank you so much.

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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

@Tiara This article was first published on 17/10/2008. This is a copyrighted article and you are not allowed to republish it but You may link to my hub here.

Tiara 4 years ago

Hello Anamika! I am writing a compare and contrast paper about shopping online. I wanted to use some of your ideas and I need to in text cite. I was wondering if you could tell me when this article was first posted.

Rakesh 4 years ago

Your post completely describes the good things of online shopping. And I cannot agree more. Online shopping is indeed convenient and hassle free. In India more and more people are shopping online each day. And they are reaping the benefits as well. Some websites are also offering online shopping of grocery products – which I think is a leap forward from the typical online selling. In the future, I am sure to find more online sellers online!

Marketing strategy 4 years ago

Great post! I am impressed with the article and thanks very much for sharing good information.

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susannah42 5 years ago from Florida

Since I started shopping online, I never go into a store. It is so much easier to sit at home, find my size, color and style and then it's delivered to my front door.

Shito 5 years ago

Its really awesome do online shopping!!!!!!!!

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There is no comments from Anamika, just missing her.

shopping online 5 years ago

With online shopping, you, the consumer will benefit greatly from this endless battle of retailers. Everyone is always looking for a great deal, online shopping can provide all this. Another excellent example of the advantage of saving money is called "single line". These are the deals that are generally offered by retailers, also have an online sales structure. The advantage is that they often offer great discounts and savings only for those who purchase specific products online.

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mindyjgirl 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

Awesome Hub! I love to shop! Never really thought about writing a story on it :)

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john2000 5 years ago

Really nice post. I prefer online shopping.

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MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

Great hub, but I am surprised you do not mention online coupons codes.

Eleanor Maw 5 years ago

I used to like going shopping in town, but nowadays the car park charges are so high that it puts me off, I found I love shopping online as I don't have to put up with shop assistance coming up to me asking me what am I looking for, if I want their assistance I would ask, with online shopping I can look at what they have to offer with out some twat in a blue shirt not letting me look around in peace.

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shopper-guide 5 years ago from US-Thailand

Great point - I love online shopping which make easy for me to compare seller before buy it. Good for buyer when they need to get more stuff detail before make decision to buy or not.. Compare and Review -- that's the thing I love when need to buy sometimg online..

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ratnaveera 5 years ago from Cumbum

Great plus points of Online Shopping! This Hub would be helpful to get rid of unnecessary fears about online shopping! Thanks Anamika S! BEAUTIFUL HUB!

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couponcharlie 5 years ago from New York, NY

Shopping online is so much more convenient that messing with the crowds in the store. Those that are concerned with using their credit card at multiple different sites can get prepaid gift cards to spend on the web and in store. Many companies also offer free shipping for large purchases.

Vino M 5 years ago

As online shopping gains momentum more and more benefits continue to emerge such as environmental and benefits for the elderly and those disabled.

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shaekelly 6 years ago from Alabama

I Absolutely adore this hub because I so can relate to it. I love to shop online it is a captivating experience and what I love the most is the privacy of the matter, u know how u may have a main event to attend , and everyone is trying to figure out what your wearing; online shopping is a more secure way in keeping your shopping private. Keep up the good work and please follow me I am definitely following u and feel free to leave some constructive criticism or advice.

Listerino 6 years ago

Nice work. I might link to you hub at some point. Really highlights why online shopping is so great (and why I'm addicted) :D

Johnli 6 years ago

Totally agreed. Online shopping will become a necessity for most of the people in the world. You can just easily company price, features, function and get the latest updates of any products just by your mouse!!

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Seakay 6 years ago from Florida

Yes, online shopping is the best! I do all my Christmas shopping online. Love it!

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john000 6 years ago from Superior, Arizona

Well done.

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Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

Kif4yas: I am happy that you found the article useful. You can use gift cards and debit cards to shop online too apart from bank transfers, paypal etc.

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Kif4yas 6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Its very interesting to read your hubs. I have never shopped online due to many reasons, first of all i dont have credit card as i have a low income. I always thought shopping online was risky I heard the sites drain the credit card. You made it very simple for shopping online with this hub. I dont know if I will be able to shop, but I have some knowledge. Thank you very much for this Hub.

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Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

Thanks for the Comments websitesecurity and katrinasui.

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katrinasui 6 years ago

Nice hub. It is definitely better than mine...

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websitesecurity 7 years ago from Utah

I totally agree with you! I love shopping online. It's just so much easier than lugging my daughter around with me and you can find great deals just about everywhere that make up for the shipping and handling fees. One thing that I do look for when I shop online is secure sights. It's important to make sure these sights are keeping our information safe!

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Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

Thanks for the comments and support Sally.

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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Nice Hub! I hate to shop, and online shopping has saved myself and my friends and family from going without. If it weren't for Staples, Amazon, eBay, and a wonderful selection of smaller internet sellers, I wouldn't buy anything. Yup, jammies for me.

Thumbs up!

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Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

Thanks for the comments Nimesh. I remember you telling me that while chatting.

Nimesh 8 years ago

It's true that onine shoping save time and give much comfort.

I do online shoping very frequently and very much happy with it....

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Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

Thanks Lisa for your comment. I have bought a lot of things online including ebooks, gemstone jewelry and dresses. But i was not disappointed either.

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LisaG 8 years ago from Caribbean

It's very true that you find items cheaper online than in a retail store. I have shopped online several times and have not been disappointed. Great hub.

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Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

Thanks for your Comments.

Subhashis Chakrabarty 8 years ago

true ideas n thoughts! nice to go through! thanks!

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