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Why shop online?

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There are many reasons to shop online, including convenience and comparing products to find good prices. 

Shopping online has become in recent years one of the most common types of shopping here in America. It has increased in popularity with the growth of websites such as Amazon and eBay. So why shop online? Here are some of the reasons:

Shopping from home

When I hear people say « why shop online, » this is the first thing I talk about. Online shopping can save you from trips to the stores. It can give you the comfort of looking at the items you need to buy while sitting at home. This can be especially helpful if you live in a place where weather conditions, such as snow or very cold temperatures, make it difficult for you to go outside sometimes. Shopping online is also helpful if you don’t have a car to go to the store. 

Customer reviews

Given the huge selection of items available in the market today, it can often be hard to decide which type or brand is the better option for you. Shopping online can help you with the reviews of items. They are written by customers who bought them. These are very common with online stores. Reviews of items give us a very good idea about a certain item from the point of view of the customer. This is usually more realistic and accurate than what the seller is trying to tell you. It also helps you compare different brands and types to fit your preferences and budget. 

Finding deals

Shopping online can help you find the best prices available for the same item. You are able to compare them at different shopping sites. You can also compare the price you find online with what you find at the physical stores especially if you want to buy expensive items such as electronics, furniture, and appliances.

Free shipping by some stores

Online stores such as Amazon offer free and fast, two-day, shipping to students and other shoppers for an extra fee. It also offers free, but slower, shipping on items of more than $25. Walmart offers free and fast shipping on items with more than $35. eBay offers free, relatively slow, shipping on the majority of items on its website. 

Shopping online can also have some disadvantages. For example, buying clothes online may not be the best idea. You usually need to try it on to see if really fits your size and taste. Sometimes, shipping can take a long period of time. Furthermore, some people may not know how to use a computer very well, a skill that is needed in order to shop online. 

Overall, shopping online can be a fun and rewarding experience that a lot of people in America enjoy doing. Remember that to shop online, you will need a credit card or a bank account. If you have a computer and know how to use it, all you need to start shopping online is just to create an account at the shopping site and enter your name, address, and bank account information, and you will be good to go. 

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