The Rise of On-line Shopping
The internet has opened so many doors to so many people, it seems hard to remember when on-line just wasn’t a part of our lives.
Smart mobile phones and tablets have made it easy for almost anyone to access it from anywhere at any time, and this one of the powering factors behind the seemingly unstoppable rise in on-line shopping, and why not, indeed.
The scope for the stock capacity of on-line retailers seems almost endless, and the choices on-line are stupendous. From your computer you can access many different brands and products with just the click of a mouse.
You can peruse offers from sellers virtually anywhere. You wouldn’t travel 500 miles to buy a pair of shoes, but on the internet, you have no restriction to anywhere that may be offering just what you want.
Not many years ago, you may have planned for a shopping trip several days in advance only to be confounded by the weather, who wants to traipse down the high street in the pouring rain or blowing snow?
In effect, the shops come to you. Now you can shop from the sofa, wearing slippers and dressing gown absolutely 24/7, with the car still safely parked outside.
Buying internet based goods such as e-books or on-line music, once your payment has gone through, they arrive with you, in seconds, in fact whilst you’re probably still on the sofa. No queues, no travelling.
In the majority of cases, prices of goods on line will be lower than the prices in the high st. or mall. This is because by actually being a bricks-and-mortar shop, the overheads begin to mount up.
Firstly is the rent for the space per square foot in the street or mall which has to payed, or the capital outlay should it have been bought free or leasehold.
The actual running costs of lighting, air conditioning, council taxes, handling tools and machinery must be met,
Employing staff to stack and rack, and training to assist and serve, all these things are costs that have to be paid for by the margin of profit put on the items.
On-line stores are more likely to be rather faceless and remote warehouses, with almost limitless space for vast ranges of styles, fashions and tastes, without the overhead costs of the high st, store.
Sending gifts on-line has become very easy. From the comfort of your own home you can send gifts, personalised cards and well wishes for anything from birthdays to weddings.
You can save on cake, coffee and lunches by sharing on-line information and reviews with other shoppers who have experienced the outlet or product.