Advantages & Disadvantages of Online Shopping

Online Shopping is becoming popular day by day. Thanks to increasing number of e-commerce websites that we have a good number of choices to choose from. Just a few years ago, Online Shopping was considered as a Taboo and people were actually afraid of online shopping. However, things didn’t remain same and suddenly Online Shopping bloomed and now we are living in the world where Online Shopping is the most popular trend. No doubt, there are many advantages of online shopping but, at the same time there are few downsides too. In this post, we will let you know about few common advantages & disadvantages of Online Shopping.

Advantages of Online Shopping

1. Effortless and time-saving

No one has got the time to visit a store and buy things. In this rat race, we don’t have time to eat our food properly so, you can imagine how much difficult it is to manage time for shopping. In such cases, online shopping comes at our rescue and allows to shop just by clicking a single mouse button. No need to visit the store in scorching heat or chilling cold. The whole process of online shopping not only saves you a lot of time but, also makes shopping completely effortless and hassle free.


2. A great range of choice

A single e-commerce store consists of over 50 thousand products. Now just imagine three four stores of these types. No matter how much you try, you just can’t get such a huge range of products and choice at any offline store. These choices come very handy in cases of clothes and apparel. And it becomes even better when you have Jabong Coupon in your hand.

3. Exclusive Deals and Offers

This one is one of the biggest advantages of online shopping. Thanks to Flipkart Discount Coupons that you can get the same product at an almost half price as compared to offline shop. Free delivery, cashback offers, and excellent packaging attracts users from all corner of the nation and gives them a very big reason to do Online Shopping rather than going to store or shop.


Disadvantages of Online Shopping

1. Waiting for the delivery

No matter how fast the delivery system is but, you will eventually have to wait for your order. Things get worse when it takes as long as a week for delivery of the product. However, websites like Flipkart and Amazon are trying to solve this issue as they have brought the concept of one-day delivery where you ca get the product on the day of ordering.

2. Increasing a number of Frauds and Fake products.

One of the biggest drawbacks of online shopping is that you can’t actually see or touch the product. You can only guess about the originality of the product. The problem becomes worse when you receive a fake product, and you need to return or exchange it. The complete process of returning back products brought via online shopping is still a long process and requires a lot of patience.


3. Risk of identity theft

Most of the e-commerce websites are very well technically sound but, when it comes to the web, nothing is safe. There are chances that you brought a thing using Ask me Bazaar coupons, and when the page redirected to the payment gateway, a hacker copied your data and used it for his own interests. The cases of identity theft in not so common but, still exists.

“With great powers come great responsibilities.” Exactly, what we are trying to say. Online shopping has got its own pros and cons, and it depends on you as which side you look at.

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Atish Ranjan

Atish Ranjan is a web enthusiast and blogger who loves blogging. He enjoys the challenges of creativity by providing information from the field of technology, SEO, social media and blogging.


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  • Dear Atish,

    Very timely post,

    Yes, it has got pros and cons as any service or product. 🙂

    Here is my experience with few recent online purchases!

    The worst thing i faced in the recent time with online shopping is that when I ordered a product via Amazon and it took almost a week to get the product in hand. The worst part is that, they say it will be door delivered, but the sad part is that if the ordered material is bigger in size they never deliver at home instead we need to rushed to the Post Office to collect the material send via Speed Post How can a poor postman who uses cycles (in India) to deliver a bulk material to the customer? This is highly impossible with Indian postal service.

    This happened to me very recently and I rushed to the Post office to collect the material, the interesting side is that along with that the same day I ordered few other electronic and apparels items and that delivered within a day since it was very handy and less weight, and they send those things via a reputed courier service.

    I still can’t understand why these platforms/companies do such things, say something and do something.

    Actually i thought of not taking the delivery but the ordered item was an urgent product and I collected it. Later I had a talk/ communication with the agent and they tendered their apology for the inconveniences caused to me.

    I think this is common in online shopping.

    Thanks Atish for sharing the pros and cons of online shopping

    Have a good day 🙂
    Best Regards
    ~ Phil
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  • Amazon Prime has pretty much eliminated the waiting. I order it on a Friday, wouldn’t have time to go to the store until at least Sunday anyway, and it comes on the Sunday. How they treat their workers is another story.

    My biggest issue with ordering online is measurements. My son thought he was ordering the right side size laptop case – he discovered he needed one size bigger. The original case would have cost almost as much to return, so we just kept it and he ordered the next size up. I ordered a knife – I didn’t realize how big it was. It did the job, but I could have gotten one size smaller. Kept it anyway – it was a great knife.

    I think the biggest danger are the smaller sites. It is too easy to set up a shop and not set up proper security for your visitors.
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    • Leora,

      Yes this is the real challenge when we order things online. I mostly order books and household things, and till now all is okay with me. Thanks for the comment.

  • Thanks for sharing your reviews here about online shopping .i did’t like online shopping from my experience .because one time i buy some thing by online they show me different thing but when i buy then they send me something different that i did ordered.and beside that was not working also .so just waste your money through online

  • The best advantage of online shopping is you have more save the valuable time, and sometimes you can get the best offer means save the money, but disadvantage is that you can not get physical look or touch to your products before you not get it, it may be not correct for you.

  • Nowadays online shopping websites offer quite a lot of amazing deals which is never to be by consumers. According to research, almost 40% of consumers prefer finding deals online before making purchase.

  • the use of online shopping has really disadvantages. but nonetheless the use of online shopping makes your choices unlimited. the vast use of products and discount is seen in other online shops.