Except for the majority of my fresh groceries and my medications - I do ALMOST ALL my shopping online. It's hard for me to get out and do retail shopping for any period of time (wind up bedridden for days if I overdo it) - so my passion is buying the Super Sale items that I find on this site and stocking up - even if I am buying Christmas Items in January! ;)
FibroMom (rep: 238k) posted Jul 02, 2012
I have mixed feelings about in store vs. online.
- Cash back
- You don't have to really rummage through the clearance section physically to find great deals
- You have the option to pick it up in store
- Easy price comparisons
- Free shipping?
- Not free shipping
- Deceiving images/descriptions :(
- Returns can be time consuming or an extra expense
- What you see should be what you get
- Immediate satisfaction
- Clothes: You can try them on to see if it's really what you want or what you're looking for
- You can return it where you got it
- Human interaction (yay): staff help, suggestions, etc.
- No cash back
- No way to compare prices without jumping from store to store, depending on their clearance sections and it'd be annoying to put X amount of items on hold just so someone else doesn't pick it off the shelf
Just some stuff off the top of my head. I like shopping for real by myself but would have to resort to shopping online with my boyfriend for his sake :P
arsiel (rep: 13.1k) posted Jul 02, 2012
Agreed. Very well put, Arsiel.
I thought that online - as long as you know your size, it shouldn't be too bad. I was very satisfied shopping at Walmart online, and receiving my shipment fairly quickly, plus, even though it did cost shipping, it would have costed me the same having to shlep out there by bus both ways. It would have been the same price either way!
Yes, you can try on the clothes in the store- but WHO ELSE tried it on? Not to mention some of the store clerks can be pretty nasty too, so, sometimes, I'd rather do without the human interaction.
They chat with their fellow workers in front of you of all their weekend details, and then when you have a question, they tend to be nasty to you, like you're bothering them too much.
And yes, online, you can rely most of the time on reviews, but even some reviews are made up to boost the products.
What I like to do sometimes is, go into the store, see what I like, check it out- and then go and buy it online without bothering any of the store clerks there. Much easier that way, and you still get to check it out.
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