Advantages & Disadvantages of

Online Shopping

Advantages

Convenience - shopping from any device with an internet connection like a computer, smartphone, tablet, you can also shop any time 24/7 and you don't need to travel, pay for parking or queue in-store etc,


Greater variety - more shops are online than on the highstreet or shopping centre and more products are stored in warehouses with more space so online shops can have a greater variety of products.


Cheaper goods - more competition between retailers can bring down prices and there are also discounts of shopping online than in-store.


Accessibility - those with a disability that limits their mobility can choose to have goods delivered.


Comparability - using the Internet it's easy to research products or services very thoroughly, comparing prices and product details in order to get the best deal and you can also read reviews to see what other people think or the products.

Disadvantages

Security concerns about using a debit card over the Internet

Not being able to physically inspect the goods before purchase

Goods getting damaged in transport

Good not arriving on time or at all

Concerns over what information retailers are storing about customers e.g. buying habits