Online stores and deliveries have
revolutionized the way we do our shopping. Instead of going to physical stores,
all it takes is a press of a button on your phone. Using online connections,
mobile devices, and credit cards, the entire process can happen with a few taps
on your phone. Online shopping offers amazing convenience, a wider array of
choices, and unbeatable prices.
However, there are some downsides to online shopping. In some
cases, it may be better to purchase physically your items instead of ordering
them online. Here are some reasons to go ‘old school’ with shopping.
A Lack of Guarantee
The main issue of online
shopping is the lack of guarantee that what you ordered is what you receive.
There are thousands of stores online –
and they all want your money. They can entice you with promos, deals,
discounts, and freebies but make no mistake. They want your money and will do
anything to get you to press that ‘purchase’ button.
This includes (but not limited
to) false advertising. The photo on the sales page may look great, but when
your order arrives at your door, you may be in for a massive disappointment. A
common way for stores to renege on the deal is by using lower quality materials or counterfeits.
Worst-case scenario, the package may not even arrive at your door because the
seller never sent one out.
A Lack of Safety Nets
Another issue with online
shopping is the risk of damage on your order. At any point in the delivery process,
from the supplier to your door, anything can happen. Bumps, drops, and water
damage may occur, thus ruining your product before you can even use it. What
If you purchased on physical stores, your item has a
guaranteed warranty in case of any
damage. This gives you the ability to get a refund, a free repair, or a
replacement of the product in question. These purchases have receipts with
guaranteed time periods where the store will replace the item without any
question. For online stores, you may not have such a guarantee. Sellers may
find excuses not to live up to their end of the bargain. This leaves you with a
broken item, a charged account, and nothing to show for it.
Even if the seller agrees on a replacement or refund, it can take a long
time to process the papers. It may take weeks or even months to see any of your money back.
A Lack of Privacy
When you buy from a physical
store, you bring it with you from the mall to your home. There is no middleman that handles the delivery. You yourself are in charge of
bringing the product to your doorstep. For online delivery, this can become a
more complicated process. From the seller, the delivery to the shipping center,
to local shipping crew – a large number of people can know information about
you and your package. There have been instances in the past where delivery
personnel harass recipients due to the contents of their package. Sensitive
items such as adult purchases or embarrassing items can create issues since
they have your information.
Privacy is also a concern
because of delivery personnel themselves going to your home. When ordering an
item online, people often write the times and dates where they are available.
To potential thieves, this means they can also know the times when you are not at home. This gives them the
opportunity to enter your home and take valuables without you even knowing.
A Lack of Security
How often have you ordered an
item online and have it delivered to your home while you are away? Most cases,
the delivery crew would simply leave the package at your doorstep. This makes
it easy pickings for porch pirates and
thieves around the neighborhood. What is stopping them from stealing your
package right off your door?
Since there are no witnesses,
people may assume that their package never arrived. However, even with theft,
the charge on your credit card is still there. This leaves you with nothing to
show for it and an expense burning through your account.
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A Lack of Instant Gratification
One of the most common reasons
for purchase is impulse. Impulse
buying has been a time-honored tradition for many. With online stores being
available 24/7, it can be hard to resist peeking. Before you know it, you have
a few items already on your virtual shopping cart.
Here comes the problem – you have
to wait a long period before you actually see the item. Even with advances such
as drone delivery, it can still be
very hard to feel ‘instant gratification’ when shopping online. You have to
wait, and during that waiting period, you may lose interest in the item
already. When it finally arrives, you may not even want the item entirely. Yet,
you still have to pay for it.
With physical stores, you see
an item you like, you pay for it, and you receive it instantly. No waiting
periods, no long delivery times, and best of all, you get to use it straight
Some Final Words
Buying online is fun – you get
to pick from countless stores to get what you want. However, the process is not
perfect, with plenty of things potentially going wrong. While buying at retail
stores near you may seem old fashioned, it is a far simpler process. It goes
from store to you instantly. The purchasing process ends just like that. No
hassle, no waiting, and no complications – if the store has it in supply, you
get it right away. It takes more effort on your end, but the positives still
outweigh the negatives.
For those who hate waiting
long periods for their items to arrive, purchasing locally can be a great
option. You also have the option to see, hold, and test out the product before
buying – something that is impossible with online stores.