WHATS ON AND WHATS OFF?

In the past decade, online retail sales have grown by more than 20% annually compared with only 2.9% for retail sales overall

Online shopping allows you to duck those holiday mall crowds and checkout lines, evade the drive to stores, sidestep the cumbersome parking process, and escape wasting expensive fuel .It is also accessible around the clock and you don’t have to dress up .Besides, shopping online allows you to compare products and prices between retailers with a couple of clicks of the mouse, the same would require lots time and energy in the store. Besides, many of us feel chagrined at the thought of saying no to that ingratiating salesperson.

On the other hand, there are often shipping and handling fees associated with online shopping that don’t come with in-store purchases. Prices can be greatly influenced by these logistics. Clearance items and end-of-season merchandise hardly ever goes up on a stores web site. Department stores receive new merchandise one season ahead of time and are expected to have it ready for display and sale as soon as possible. Merchandise that is current or from a previous season needs to be sold quickly, and the best way department stores can clear it away is by tendering a deep discount. Warehouses, on the other hand, have a great amount of space and so the e-shop has the ability to avoid price slashing. Hence no clearance sale is ever organized on an online store. In the end goods are dearer on a store’s web site, and they are less expensive in the physical store.

If you shop online, you don’t get the exhilaration of walking in the door with purchases on hand. There always seems to be some impediment in receiving your online purchases in the promised time. But, in-store shopping allows that instant joy of owning your product immediately.

Online you can’t personally examine or try the product you are buying, like you can, in a store. This is important with innumerous types of products. Let’s say you are shopping for fine china or silverware, it will be very difficult to purchase exactly what you want because simply pictures will not an satisfy you . Same goes for automobiles, footwear, furniture, linen…, the list is endless. There are many online shops that sell cake but you have no way to really know if the cake is tasty ,and fresh ! With traditional shopping you get to smell and in some cases even taste the cake.

Neither are product demonstrations available, which one often wishes when buying electronics, machinery or automobiles, though online demo videos are being made available of late. However if the product quality is highly assured because of the brand credibility, people buy it online freely.

Items such as Books, CDs, DVDs, are products which can be bought without a touch and feel experience. These are particularly well-suited for online selling because they are mostly of similar size and weight, allowing the merchant to plan for standard shipping boxes and spend less time and cost in handling and shipping. The buyer is passed on the benefit, too. No wonder these have always been the top sellers year on year. Travel Tickets, Holidays, Concert/Theatre/Festival/ Cinema tickets are also best sellers because they involve no physical delivery besides high discounts can be obtained because of an auction mode selling. Computer hardware, software, toys, video games and office supplies sell easily because of high brand loyalty. Beauty and health products also do well for similar reasons. Men’s apparel also are quite saleable online because of a certain disdain most men have for traditional shopping !

Finding things online is pretty easy. You just open up a search engine like Google and type in what you are looking for. This is probably the biggest advantage of online shopping vs. traditional shopping. With traditional shopping you will need to search from one shop in the mall to the other looking for what you want, sometimes driving all over town amongst the mass of several different stores. There might also be times when you won’t find what you are looking for. With online shopping you will instantly know if you can find what you are looking for, or if you can’t, potentially saving you hours looking for what you want.

Security is a concern when it comes to online shopping .There are online predators seeking to steal identities, cheat merchants, shoppers and the card companies. The e-stores as well as credit card companies are constantly upgrading the security measures but it is safer to buy through trusted e-stores only.

There is a category where a combination of various modes is used. Say buying or renting property, used automobiles and other equipment, personnel hiring- people do the initial short listing online, fix appointments over the phone and finally buy after one to one negotiation !

Even if one stage of traditional shopping is replaced by online forays, society will have a lesser mass of polluting steel moving on the roads, benefiting the environment considerably.

Accessible

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; capable of being reached; easy to get along with or talk to; friendly; easily obtained; capable of being read with comprehension

Synonyms : approachable

Chagrined

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-conscious

Synonyms : abashed, embarrassed

Cumbersome

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight; not elegant or graceful in expression

Synonyms : awkward, clumsy

Dearer

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; costlier

Synonyms : costlier

Disdain

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient; lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; verb reject with contempt; look down on with disdain

Synonyms : contempt, scorn

Duck

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); dip into a liquid

Other Meaning(s) : noun small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs; a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents; flesh of a duck (domestic or wild); (cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman; verb to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away; submerge or plunge suddenly;

Synonyms : dodge, sidestep

Evade

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; use cunning or deceit to escape or avoid; practice evasion; avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); escape, either physically or mentally

Synonyms : hedge, fudge

Exhilaration

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; the feeling of lively and cheerful joy

Synonyms : excitement

Forays

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; adventures

Synonyms : adventures

Gratification

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; the act or an instance of satisfying; state of being gratified; great satisfaction

Synonyms : satisfaction, delight

Impediment

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; any structure that makes progress difficult; something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

Synonyms : obstruction, handicap

Ingratiating

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; calculated to please or gain favor; capable of winning favor

Synonyms : insinuating, ingratiatory

 

Mandated

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; made compulsory

Synonyms : required, authorized

Merchandise

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; commodities offered for sale;

Other Meaning(s) : verb engage in the trade of

Synonyms : ware, trade

Predators

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; entities looking to hunt & devour

Synonyms : marauders

Sidestep

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

Other Meaning(s) : noun a step to one side (as in boxing or dancing);

Synonyms : hedge, fudge

Slashing

Contextual Meaning(s) : cutting

Synonyms : Adjective

Tendering

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; offering of service

Synonyms : servicing

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