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The good and the bad of Online Shopping – From Virgin Brazilian Hair to Apple iPhone

Dec 19th 2014 at 3:05 AM

Online shopping has made it easy for the consumers to buy products at the comfort of their home. The consumer has the options of checking out all the products and comparing them before they decide to purchase. While a few people are hesitant to buy online products without having a firsthand feel, there are many advantages to online shopping as well.

Some of the benefits for choosing online shopping by the customers are


Online shopping is available every day, every hour and every minute. The consumers can buy products with the help of internet access from the comfort of their home or work. The travel to different shops for finding a specific product is reduced immensely, like finding the best wireless speakers across many shops can be done with the access of internet. Returning an unsatisfactory product has become simple in the recent days. The consumer can ship back products like handbags and clothes which are defective to the retailer after lodging a complaint and the refund of the product will be transferred to the customer.


The products that are sold online have detailed descriptions with images. They also provide safety procedures and product dimensions along with the product. The “how to use” information is also provided for the consumers to check the ease of using the product. This information is most common in technological products like apple iphone and computers.


The consumers after purchasing the product have the option of writing reviews for the product that they have purchased. These reviews can help the future customers to decide on the purchase of a product. Positive and negative reviews can be made with detailed explanation which helps the other consumers.


The main benefit of online shopping is to check for current deals and offers provided for a specific product. Search engines can help in locating a specific product like designer handbags that are on deal or sale. Shipping of the product can be done from any part of the country.

With all the advantages of online shopping, there can also be a bad side to it. Some of the disadvantages of online shopping are

Security Concerns

The consumers are generally concerned about fraud as they may not be able to inspect the product in person before making the purchase. Online shopping requires the use of credit cards and hence the risk of hacking the card details for fraudulent purposes. The risk seems too high for the consumers who purchase simple cheap products like virgin Brazilian hair and hair weave online.

Cost Disclosure

The online companies post their base prices of the product only and the hidden prices that are visible at the checkout are problematic for the consumers.

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