Shopping on The Internet: The good, the bad and some pro tips
Shopping on the internet can be quite fun. It has tons of positives & perks, but it can sometimes be a headache. This article will try to cover the basics and give you some headers on how to improve your overall experience.
Internet shopping has one major advantage over conventional shopping – you can browse a thousand shops in a manner of minutes, whereas with conventional shopping you could still be in the first shop you entered for that amount of time. You can browse different products with immeasurable ease – one click and you are shopping for clothes, two clicks and you are buying a GoPro camera, three clicks and you have a new skateboard, bike, toolkit or whatever!
It simply requires much less commitment. There is no annoying shopkeeper, there is no crowd in which to bump into, there is less hassle overall and there are no awkward sounds in the background while browsing. You are your own man or woman while doing it. There is no intrusion from outside sources and you are in control. You just open your browser, enter a site and start shopping.
You have total freedom - while doing that you could be listening to whatever music you like, you could be drinking a nice hot cup of black coffee or whatever your choice of fine beverage is and best of all you can be dressed in whatever you like while doing it (you could very well be naked for all you care).
To sum it all up in a few words – Its easy, you have full control, you are free to do whatever you like, everything is at your fingertips.
Oh boy, every coin has two sides... after listing the advantages of shopping online I almost feel bad I have to point the disadvantages. But an unbiased opinion is the best opinion!
Alight, let’s do this! So while shopping on the internet provides you will unlimited access to thousands of shops, when you enter that shop you can’t do some basic stuff we take for granted while doing conventional shopping.
You can’t try a garment on. Let’s say you see a nice sweatshirt online and decide to order it. You can’t really try it until it arrives at your doorstep. And when it arrives it could be smaller or larger than what you had hoped for. Even if the size is okay, you might not like the fit. And even if the size and the fit are fine, the fabric might be bad. Yeah you can’t feel the fabric over the internet. It might seem smooth and silky on that HD photo that has most probably been edited by a photoshop savage, but it might turn out to be rough on the skin and look like a worn out rug washed on the shore after a severe sea storm. Fortunately, most online shops have a return & refund option. But of course being forced in a
situation where you have to return something you ordered online and waited for to arrive for who knows how long and then have to order again and what for another x amount of time can be frustrating as hell.
To sum it all up in a few words – you can’t try the garment, you can’t feel the fabric, you might have to wait a long time for your order to arrive.
Shopping online certainly has its advantages and disadvantages. It’s a two sided coin and how you toss the coin can determine your overall experience. Here are some pro tips that can help you make the advantageous side brighter:
You might not be able to try the garment or feel fabric, and you might have to return it in the end, but there are ways to reduce or eliminate the risk.
- Know your measures - “My measures?” you might ask. YEAH! Take your measures and the least you can do is have them written somewhere. Online shops usually have size charts with info about the garment size (i.e. shoulders, chest, waist), check the size of the garment from the chart and compare it to your own. To make an even more accurate estimation, the measures of the garment from the website and compare them to the measures of a garment you already own which is similar to the one you plan on buying. This is a good way to visualize how your future garment might fit you. Don’t pay so much attention to the officially written size (i.e. S/M/L/XL) they almost always differ from country to country. Use this method and you will save yourself a ton of time and frustration.
- On the fabrics – you might not be able to get a feel of it, but there are ways to go around this, much like with the method above. First read the description bellow the garment of your choice. Find out what it’s made of, what materials/fabrics are used in it. Look for the consistency i.e. 90% Cotton 10% Elastane. Then check your wardrobe for a garment which has similar composition, most of the time the way it feels should turn out to be similar except in few cases. To further expand your knowledge on the garment, take the info you previously read about the fabrics and materials used and google them. There is ample info scattered on the net and you can take full advantage of it. There are very detailed descriptions on the fabrics which will most certainly give you a good idea of what to expect.
If online shops lack info regarding size and fabrics, don’t shop from them!