Hello out there in internet world, are you busy? Not right now, but in general. You probably are – everybody else is – and this is leading to unfortunate malfunctions in the wardrobe department: namely that we do not have enough time to keep up with fashion and actually go shopping.
Fortunately, the internet has helped in this respect, we no longer need to find the time to get to the town centres, walk around the shops, picking things up and trying them on, then standing in queue, paying for our goods, and then driving back home again (- what a palaver, it was hard enough just writing it, let alone actually do it!). Yes, luckily we no longer have to do that, because the internet is a 24/7 365 shopping centre, where it takes a fraction of the time to find what we are searching for.
Aside from the convenience factor, there are loads of reasons for shopping online, for example:
• Time saving: it takes a fraction of the time to shop online than it does to shop in the real world. There are no queues, no annoying cashiers having an ultra-slow day, and no shoppers getting in the way (- oh, and stealing the last item that you had your heart set on buying).
• You can narrow down your search and look for exactly what you want. For instance, if you need high heeled shoes in a size 6 made by a specific brand, you simply enter these search terms and press enter. This returns a list of exactly the shoes that you want. You cannot do this in the real world shoe shops; that is for sure!
• Price: as we said already, online prices are much cheaper, but this is not the only area in which you will save money. If you drive to your shopping centre, then you can save on petrol and parking; if you take the bus, then you can save on bus fare.
• No more painful feet: you can sit on your sofa and browse a whole collection of clothing and shoes. If you go to the shopping centre, you can walk up to three miles in one shopping trip, round and round and round and round! Of course, that is a long shopping trip, but it does happen (speaking from experience).
There are a few problems though, but these are easy to overcome:
• Sizing: you cannot, yet, try on your clothes or shoes online (although if they invent a special printer that can print clothes from protons, neutrons and electrons, we may be able to one day!). For this reason, you can face problems when the clothes arrive. When you find a shop you like, you can check review sites to find out if their sizing is accurate or if they are larger or smaller than standard, then buy accordingly. If the clothes arrive and they do not fit, it is no problem; you simply return them and buy the next size up or down. This is a little annoying, but is relatively rare.
• You cannot know whether a style suits you before the clothes arrive, because you cannot try them on. In shoe shops in the real world, you can wear the shoes and actually see how they fit, whether they suit you and if they look good. Again, this is easy to resolve by returning the goods and getting a refund.
The vast majority of online shops offer returns policies for such eventualities, so this should be no problem.