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Online or In-Store Shopping - Which is Best?

June 15, 2018 | By Daniel Dewitt

As recently as twenty year ago, if you wanted to purchase something, there were really just two options: go to the store, or wait weeks for whatever you ordered to arrive by mail. But the same way credit cards and installment loans have changed since those days of such limited consumer options, today you can receive many items you order online within a matter of days or even hours.

This has evened the playing field between the two options to the point where consumers are faced with a dilemma - the instant gratification of shopping in a store or convenience and savings of ordering online. Today we’re here to weigh the pros and cons of both.

Online Pro: No Waiting In Line

If you hate waiting in line, then ordering what you need to buy online will circumnavigate the whole experience with just a few clicks. In fact, this pro isn’t just limited to waiting in line: the truth is that not all of us enjoying spending hours on our feet hunting for what we need. It’s can be an exhausting process, and one that online shopping helps us avoid. If you hate the process of shopping, then buying online is for you.

In-Store Pro: Get It Immediately

As fast and convenient as Amazon Prime has made free two-day shipping, if what you need to buy has to physically be in your hands by the end of day, then there’s no other option than buying from a brick-and-mortar business. For example, if you have a movie night with friends but have no movie to watch, ordering the DVD online isn’t going to do you any good.

Online Pro: No Car, No Problem

If you don’t have access to a car or regular transportation and live more than a few minutes walk from a store, then online ordering can be a lifesaver. Hauling a full load of groceries from the store and then walking home or riding the bus with them is an exhausting proposition. Especially for things you need every month like groceries, it’s a hundred times easier just to order them online and have them show up at your door in a day or two. As long as you plan ahead and factor in shipping time, then you never have to worry about breaking your back with shopping bags ever again.

In-Store Pro: Try Before You Buy

One distinct weakness of online shopping when purchasing clothing is there’s no way to guarantee what you buy will fit you. Oh sure, they post the sizes online, and that’s fine for something like a t-shirt, but for anything more fitted there’s no guarantee what you buy will fit you correctly. Each of our body’s have a unique physique that a simple sliding scale of size can’t take into account. Add to that the variation from one brand to another and the idea of heading the the mall becomes more and more appealing