Most people don’t need to be convinced about online shopping, but if you are one of those people who is a reluctant online shopper, take a quick look at these 12 great reasons to shop online, that have been put together by my social media followers (thanks!)
They are in no particular order.
You don’t have to leave your house to shop online. This is especially handy if you have children who hate shopping or you don’t have a car. You can also get it delivered to someone else’s address, if you want to keep the contents a secret or if it’s a gift for someone else.
Whether you are hiding a gift or making a purchase you don’t want your other half or children to know about, shopping online makes this possible.
Unlike physical shops and shopping centres that have opening and closing times, online shops are open 24/7. This means that you can shop from the comfort of your own sofa, in comfortable clothes, drinking a drink of your choice and indulging in chocolate and/or crisps!
I was amazed at how many people said that shopping online is easier. Most commented on the frustrations of bringing children with them and how much easier it is to do it online when their children are in bed.
How often have you had to buy each of your kids a small toy when you have been toy shopping for a birthday gift? Or picked up a ‘bargain’ at the checkout? Online shopping is more thought out and less impulsive. It’s also easier to find reviews of products, so you know exactly if they will work for you or not.
The smallest Irish businesses are often the ones that can’t afford a premise. They are at the early stages of startup and by buying from them, you help them to progress and grow. I have found that a lot of these little shops are run with other ‘Work from Home Mums’ (WAHMs) who manage their family and their shop at the same time. By choosing to buy from Irish shops, you are keeping money in the Irish economy, as these business owners pay taxes in Ireland and use Irish couriers/An Post, Irish packaging companies and much more. If you are searching for a product, simply add ‘Ireland’ into your search bar and Irish retailers will get a look in along with large multinational companies. You’ll find that prices are often better, as you are dealing in euros, delivery is cheaper and quicker, so it’s win-win for everyone.
Our time is valuable and often scarce. Make the most of the time you have by avoiding busy shops/queueing in car parks and shops, by shopping online. One great thing about shopping online is that you don’t have to wait for other shoppers to finish buying.
Driving or using public transport to get to the shops isn’t always the best for the environment. And, there is nothing more frustrating that after all the effort of getting to the shop, they are sold out of the product you are looking for. Couriers are organised so that they deliver to other people in your area when they are delivering to you.
I think this one is self-explanatory!
I have heard people argue that it’s more expensive to shop online due to the delivery fees. However, if you ask them how much they spend on petrol/bus tickets and parking, you’ll find that it adds up quickly. It’s also very easy to check several shops in a few minutes to get the best price when you shop online. This isn’t something you can do quickly with regular shops.
My experience of shopping with kids has nearly always been stressful and it appears to be the case for a lot of the people who contributed to this blog too.
“Mummy, look at this”, “Mummy, where are you?”, “Mummy, can I have this?”, “Mummy, is this in my size?” and they are all looking at things they don’t need and you don’t get a chance to look at the things they do need.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this blog post. If you are a reluctant online shopper, I don’t know what else I can say to convince you!! Let me know below, why you don’t shop online.
Enjoy shopping and thanks for shopping in my online toy shop.