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What is the Advantage/disadvantage thing about online shopping ?


  1. You don't have to go to the store
  2. You don't have to wait in queue
  3. You don't need to carry it to your home (from the car to your home"if it is heavy")


  1. The exhaust gas from the truck is hazardous
  2. You need to pay extra money if you want it to arrive faster
  3. Delay

asked Jun 06 '10 at 08:49

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edited Jun 06 '10 at 08:59

The items you buy in a brick and mortar store still have to arrive to the store by truck (and airplane or freight or cargo ship and all of the above.) And driving to a local store causes you to pollute your local environment and add to local traffic congestion.

You can get free 2 day shipping from Amazon via their Amazon Prime service, which pays for itself quickly if you buy from them a lot and 1 day shipping is only $3.99 extra.

(Jun 06 '10 at 08:54) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image

You don't need to carry it to your home

Carrying it to your home isn't a great problem (supposing you have a car).

(Jun 06 '10 at 08:54) Syren Syren's gravatar image

  • You get more choices in an online store
  • If you don't like what they have in one store, you can jump into another...very quickly.

answered Jun 06 '10 at 08:53

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do you like online shopping?

(Jul 10 '10 at 18:38) Stanley Stanley's gravatar image


  • The products are usually cheaper, especially computer parts.

answered Jun 06 '10 at 08:51

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And, if the seller you're buying from online doesn't have a business address in your state of residence, no sales tax in addition to the likely reduced selling price of the item. Win-Win!

(Jun 06 '10 at 08:55) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image

That's also a benefit to the consumer, as the seller generally "passes those costs along" :)

(Jun 06 '10 at 09:10) tsilb tsilb's gravatar image

The advantages:

  • You can find ANYTHING. You don't need to search around for it

  • Most things are cheaper online

The disadvantages:

  • Shipping fee
  • You need to wait a couple of days before you get it.

answered Jun 06 '10 at 08:52

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Usually online is much cheaper and the reviews are ready and waiting. But you dont get a feel for the item :/

answered Jun 06 '10 at 08:54

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  • Shipping returns can be a pain in the hindquarters (but Amazon.com rocks, especially if you're dealing directly with them or a large, respected 3rd party reseller.)
  • Items may be delivered to your home in an obviously damaged condition, but if you're not home to refuse receipt, there it sits. In a physical store, you can weed out the damaged item(s) on sight and buy the product that doesn't look like it's been drop-kicked by a mule.
  • If you receive something as a gift, and the gift giver bought it online, making a gift exchange can sometimes be a hassle versus returning an item to a local store with a local receipt.


  • It's a lot easier, and more convenient, to find the best price on a given item, including active coupon codes... and you don't have to visit 5 different stores in your area, or call each of them, to determine who has something in stock.

  • You can see through all the marketing crap on a product's box and look up all the relevant specifications, claims and warranties mentioned.

  • You don't have a "helpful" customer service rep hovering over you when you don't need their assistance nor the equally annoying instance where all available reps are clustered in a no-eye-contact huddle when you finally do require their assistance.

answered Jun 06 '10 at 09:07

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ageekmom ♦

edited Jun 06 '10 at 09:08

The main disadvantage is that any of your information that you send online can be stolen.

However, if you shop online, you don't have to leave your home. Also, when shopping for clothing, it's more probable that your size will be in stock. Some people even say that shopping online is better for the environment because there's no store between you and the warehouse.

answered Jun 06 '10 at 09:15

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Julie Typed

Pros: Cost way less Don't have to go to a store Easy and secure ( most of the time ) Cons: Shipping price

answered Jun 06 '10 at 09:08

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You don't have to take your wife / girl friend out all morning just trying to buy one thing you really need.

answered Jun 09 '10 at 03:47

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I don't have to get out & hunt down the item in question Usually a better price online, ven WITH shipping fees I don't have to worry about whether or not I can handle the shopping trip. I have chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia as well as other health & mobility issues. It's a greener alternative to getting out to go shopping Saves me $ in other ways as well -- no parking fees, no having to buy crappy food from the food court, no wasted gas hunting down an item/comparison shopping Saves time


the waiting time sometimes it can be FUN to go shopping *not able to handle the goods to check them out

We didnt have a car for about 4 years, and online shopping was a real godsend for us. Heck -- we even do some of our grocery shopping on line these days. :-)

answered Jun 09 '10 at 04:19

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Advantage: You can do a lot more shopping around in less time from your computer.

Disadvantage: You may not be home when the package arrives, which may result in further schedule conflicts or having to go drive to the distribution center and pick it up yourself, thus eliminating some of the biggest perks.

answered May 24 '12 at 23:52

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