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Online Shopping vs. Traditional Shopping: Which is Better?

written by: wendyppp•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 6/4/2010

Many people wonder where they can find the better deal, online shopping vs. traditional shopping. Here we'll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both and allow you to decide.

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    Advantages and Disadvantages to Online Shopping

    There are people who prefer to do their shopping online and then there are those that do not. So when it comes to online shopping vs. traditional shopping, both sides have their advantages and disadvantages. Let’s say you are shopping for fine china or silverware, it will be very difficult to purchase exactly what you want because simply pictures will not be able to give you an idea of how it looks and feels. This is where offline shopping or traditional shopping has an edge over online shopping.

    Security is another concern when it comes to online shopping vs. traditional shopping. With online shopping there is no way of you knowing that someone is stealing your data. You don’t even know if you will actually get the things you purchase. This makes online shopping a bit more unsecure when compared to traditional shopping.

    Another disadvantage to online shopping vs. traditional shopping is that there are many online stores that will ship within a certain area for free but many times if you are located outside of the city or area you will need to pay hefty shipping prices, unlike traditional shopping where you enter in a store purchase what you like, get your credit card charged and leave.

    Finding things online is pretty easy. You just open up a search engine like Google and type in what you are looking for. This is probably the biggest advantage of online shipping vs. traditional shopping. With traditional shopping you will need to search from one shop in the mall to the other looking for what you want, sometimes driving all over town to several different stores. There might also be times when you won’t find what you are looking for. With online shopping you will instantly know if you can find what you are looking for, or if you can’t, potentially saving you hours looking for what you want.

    Quality is the biggest issue when it comes to online shopping vs. traditional shopping. There is no way you will know if what you are purchasing is of the quality you want. There are many online shops that sell cake but you have no way to really know if the cake is tasty. With traditional shopping you get to smell and in some cases even taste the cake. This way you know exactly what you are purchasing and how good it is.