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Online Shopping vs. In-Store Shopping

Posted by Chris Osiyi    
Date: January 10th, 2015

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As more and more people are getting enticed with electronic gadgets and the Internet, more buyers are also using online shopping. Some say that buying things online is the new way to shop, but some say that it's better to buy stuff from local stores. There are heaps of pros and cons to both options and here are some of them.

Pros of Online Shopping

There are lots of benefits that people can get from online shopping. If you haven't tried shopping from online stores, you can start by going through popular ones like Konga and Jumia. These two giants are known nationwide, but there are also local e-stores that you can check out. Below are some of the good things that you can expect when you shop online.


You don't need to stand and wait in a long queue when you shop online. Just select the items that you want and add them into your cyber cart then you can pay for them using your debit or credit card. After confirming all the details, you can have the items sent to your house hassle-free. Some merchants also offer the option of paying on delivery.

Petrol Savings

Shopping online does not require you to refill your car's petrol. You don't need to drive into various malls to find the items that you are looking for. After you click the items, pay for them and confirm your delivery address, all you have to do is wait at your doorstep.

Cons of Online Shopping

Although online shopping has been highly-praised by busy people, some dislike the flaws of it. There are many disadvantages when people shop online, despite the positive reviews that many are saying. Here are some of the cons of shopping online.


There are cases when people send payments to illegal sellers. These sellers are good in fabricating positive reviews and luring their customers to pay right away. As soon as buyers pay for their items, these scammers will withdraw the money as soon as they can and stop communicating with them.

Follow-up Hassles

It can be difficult to follow up from sellers who claim that they have sent the items. In some cases, there are sellers who use untracked postal services so they don't know if the buyers are telling the truth or if the items are lost in transit. This can cause misunderstandings among buyers and sellers.

Pros of In-Store Shopping

Shopping from a real store gives you the chance to fit and feel the items that you wish to buy. You can immediately check damages, so you don't have to worry about sending anything back if something is faulty. There is also no need to follow-up because the items can be bought and taken home right away.

Cons of In-Store Shopping

Shopping can be fun for some, but it can be a pain during the holidays. When you shop from a store, you'll have to make sure that you check everything so you don't have to waste your petrol coming back and forth for changes. You have to invest your time and energy to get the items that you really want, because you can never tell what each store has unless you check it for yourself.

These are the things that you can expect from online shopping vs. in-store shopping. No matter what method of shopping you choose, make sure that you check the items that you buy to save you from headaches. A smart shopper always ends as a happy shopper, so always make a smart shopping list before you order or pay for anything.

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