Between online and physical shopping, the battle rages on. While shopping in person bypasses issues with delivery times, it allows you to browse in a way that simply hasn’t been matched by the online shopping experience. But what, ultimately, is the best way to get what you need?
Shopping in person is a great way to release tension and get some retail therapy in. In terms of clothes shopping, there is simply nothing like it as you’re able to try items on and see how they fit you and whether they flatter your shape. There is no worry about a mix-up in sizing, which can vary from shop to shop, and you will often find bargains or beautiful clothes that you never would have noticed without coming to the store. In terms of saving money, however, you’re more susceptible to impulse buys and as such you may spend a lot more money. It’s also very tempting to go to a restaurant or café and spend yet more on food and drinks. In terms of grocery shopping, you’re going to have to find a way to deal with heavy bags and transport to and from the shop.
Online shopping allows you to pick what you need or want online. You can have things shipped directly to your door, bypassing the need to transport yourself to the shops and carry heavy bags along. Furthermore, impulse buys are less effective online as people are not as likely to add the items offered to their cart. That said, you’re not as likely to spot just the right item and obviously sizing issues can be a problem. Online shopping for clothing is only really the best option if you are saving huge amounts of money or already familiar with the shop’s sizing chart. For example, purchasing clothing from New Look’s website, when you already know which size of theirs will fit you best, is perfectly feasible. A new and unknown shop may have oddly fitted clothes. If you do shop for clothing online, make sure the return policy makes sense and is comprehensive in case of poor fit. When it comes to grocery shopping, online shopping can be a life-saver, allowing you to order the same items week on week with the click of a mouse. The timing of the delivery can be awkward however, requiring you to wait at home in order to receive it.
The third option, shopping via your smartphone, is limited. Not every shop has an app for its online shopping, but there is a notable exception. Tesco’s shopping app allows you to scan the barcodes of items you’d like to buy – in store, in your home, or absolutely anywhere you like – and add them to your virtual trolley. You can even check prices to cross-reference whilst shopping in another shop and you are able to complete your shopping transaction from the phone. It’s not overly versatile, but in terms of grocery shopping it truly is the simplest option. The downside, of course, is that you’re at the mercy of the available shopping slots.
Shopping has evolved in recent years, from shops to online purchasing and now onto your smartphone and available, literally, at your fingertips. Are you evolving with it, or do you plan to keep going into shops yourself?