15 Reasons Why Online Shopping Is Better Than In-Store Shopping

15 Reasons Why Online Shopping Is Better Than In-Store Shopping

Online Shopping Takes The Cake

Online shopping is one of those things that you either love or hate. Shopping in person can be pretty fun and is a good way to bond with friends or see things in person before you buy them, but online shopping still takes the cake as my preferred shopping technique. Online shopping is one of the best things to come out of the Internet and can be used to order anything under the sun. There are many reasons why I love online shopping. Here are the top 15 reasons why online shopping is better than shopping in the store.

1. You can wear your pajamas and don't have to leave your bed.

Don't feel like dressing up? You don't have to.

2. You can search directly for what you want instead of looking around a store.

There's no search bar at the store. Instead of walking around for hours to find that jacket you want, you can just search for it online and find it in a few minutes.

3. You don't have to ask people for help.

It is the perfect way to avoid awkward small talk and you don't have to rely on the sales people to find things for you.

4. There are more options to choose from.

The internet is full of different stores. Almost every store usually has more items online than they do at their in-store locations too.

5. It is more exciting to anticipate getting a package in the mail than to just buy it and get it right away.

Receiving a package in the mail is like getting a gift from yourself.

6. There's no waiting in line.

Not having to wait in line at checkout is one of the best things about online shopping. You can pay whenever you want.

7. You have more time to think before impulse buying.

If you're unsure about a purchase, you can just close your computer and buy it later.

8. You don't have to worry about parking.

Parking is the worst and on weekends it is almost impossible to find a parking spot at the mall or grocery store.

9. There are more sales and you can use coupon codes.

You can use as many coupons as you want without looking like one of those crazy coupon hoarders.

10. You can shop at any time.

Want to shop at midnight? No worries. Malls and stores usually don't open until 9 a.m. and close around 10 p.m.

11. No carrying bags.

Your arms will thank you later.

12. You don't have to worry about starting an awkward conversation when you see someone you know at the store.

One of the worst things about going to the store is that moment when you see your old math teacher who hated you or some person you barely talk to and are forced to strike up a conversation.

13. It is easier to compare prices between stores.

You can keep multiple tabs open on your computer and compare prices for the best deal. This definitely beats that moment when you see that sweater you bought for full price on sale at another store.

14. There are no pushy sales people following you around.

You have the freedom to browse as much and for as long as you want without judgment.

15. You can see reviews of the product before you buy it.

A sales person is never going to tell you if one of their products is bad, but the people of the internet are brutally honest and will guide you in the right direction on what to buy.

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The 10 Commandments You Must Follow To Avoid Retail Customer Hell

You do not want to be THAT customer.

As I’ve mentioned before, I have worked in a grocery store for six years. Working in retail teaches you a lot about people, and unfortunately, most of it isn’t good. Customers don’t seem to realize (or care) that what they do is seriously annoying.

As a retail worker, I beg you to please adopt these ten behaviors so your cashier won’t hate you.

1. Thou shalt not pay for a costly purchase in only coins.

You say that it’ll empty your overstuffed coin purse. I say it's irritating having to count out $22.38 in varying amounts of quarters, dimes, and nickels as the line grows longer. Please go to your bank – or even the customer service desk – and exchange it for bills. It’ll make your transaction a lot faster and easier.

2. Thou shalt not blame the cashier when the computer price and shelf price don’t match.

Cashiers don’t set the prices, and they don’t put them in the system, either. So it’s not our fault when your can of soup does not reflect the price of the mix and match sale.

3. Thou shalt not crack unoriginal jokes known well to all cashiers.

“You’re checking my $100 bill? I just made it!” “It isn’t in the system? It must be free then!” Just stop. They’re not funny, unoriginal, and I’m tired of fake laughing.

4. Thou shalt leave the store before closing time.

If you come into a store late at night, it’s always polite to ask when the store closes or look at the posted hours. If it’s close to closing time and you plan on buying a lot, either get only the essentials or come back tomorrow. Nothing irritates the closing staff more than the customer that sticks around for 20 minutes after closing time.

5. Thou shalt not blame the cashier when your credit card declines.

It’s not the machine or the cashier. It’s you. If you “always have a problem with your card at this store,” then maybe that’s a sign that you need to make sure your finances are in order.

6. Thou shall show your cashier ID when you buy alcohol.

As much as you’d like to believe it, we’re not asking because we think you look young. It is the law, and it has been in many states since the early 2000’s. Instead of grumbling about how it is offensive or stupid, just show the cashier your ID. It will go much faster for both of us.

7. Thou shalt not be on your cell phone during the entire transaction.

Would you talk on your phone while your waitress is trying to take your order? No, because it is not only rude, but it’ll make the process longer. Why do you do it to your cashier?

8. Thou shall interact with your cashier.

Nothing brings on the awkwardness quite like when I ask a customer a question, even a simple “how are you,” and they don’t answer. If we’re asking you a question, it means that we would like to have an answer. Even if we’re trying to make a small talk, amuse us by responding. We’re paid to be friendly to you.

9. Thou shall retain control of your hyperactive children.

It is disruptive for both the employees and the other customers when your little terrors are running around the checkout area and picking up everything in sight. Please, for the sake of everyone, be a parent and reign your kiddos in. If you need any more of a reason, if you come in often enough with misbehaved children, the employees will remember you as the woman/man with the hooligan children and will avoid you while in the store. You do not want to be THAT customer.

10. Thou shall return an item to its original place if you decide you don’t want it.

We always teach our children to put their toys back in their spot. This same logic should be applied to items in your shopping cart. If it’s too far away or you don’t remember where it goes, then give it to an employee. It’s not fun finding a bag of frozen chicken patties on the shelf or a can of fruit in the freezer.

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I Worked In Retail And It Ruined My Outlook On Humanity

Maybe the customer isn't always right

I started working when I was 16 at the local concert hall in Naples. I spent four years there as an usher and worked my way up to be a Floor Captain. I had more responsibility and made sure to assist my fellow ushers with any patron-related issues.

I started working at this place because I wanted to help people further enjoy the world-renowned live entertainment that would visit the popular venue. Had I known then that people were going to make me see the world differently, I probably would've avoided retail and customer service for as long as I possibly could.

I know that being a young adult with no experience makes getting a job in retail a lot easier than trying to work in an office as an assistant or a temp. It's easy to train people at our age and we don't complain about paychecks as much as the average 30-year-old employee would.

However naive and young we are, though, we are still human and we do have feelings. We tend to feel hurt when customers talk back to us, insult our work ethic, or are just straight up rude. But who wouldn't?

I have been called some nasty names, whether it was from the time I worked at a retail clothing store or at a grocery store. Being a cashier is probably the most painful torture we have to endure.

Having to stand all day, sometimes without a mat to cushion the hard tile beneath us, having to hear the complaints of our "terrible" store, or having to call a manager when the customer begins to make us feel a little too worthless.

The worst part is, I was always told I'd be perfect for retail or customer service because I was personable, I wanted to make the customer as comfortable as possible, and because I had a warm and welcoming disposition. So I thought, I must be able to do really well in a job where I have to smile and help people.

And then I got hired and all my predisposed notions of helping people and smiling and making their time at our establishment worthwhile went right out the window. Sometimes the hardest part to handle is when you try your best to fix the problem they come to you with, and then they dismiss your idea.

Don't get me started on managers. Let's say that a customer is returning an item and wants another item that is defective for half price. You explain that because they're the same price, you can exchange them and they'd still be getting the item for free.

However simple this explanation is, they would rather have it their way. As soon as you call a manager to set the customer straight, they undermine you and make you out to be the bad guy. That makes a lot of sense, right?

Sometimes I want to work in a small cubicle with only my colleagues surrounding me so it's not a surprise what I may have to deal with every day. Working in customer service or retail has disappointed me thoroughly and I only wish I could have the same vigor I had for wanting a job in this type of business.

I know I'll have to endure the pain just a little longer, but one day I'll be able to look back at the lousy times I had in retail and thank the lucky stars that I'll never have to hear, "Do you work here?" Especially when I'm wearing a uniform and nametag.

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