Monday, 6 May 2013

Internet Shopping: The Latest Fad

Are you that typical shopper who walks into a million showrooms just to pick that perfect piece which would make you stand out? Or are you that person who wastes hours shopping, trying to perfect your wardrobe? Well if you thought there was no other way to do it than to go out and waste your precious time, then you were wrong!

We live in an era, where showrooms and brands come to your door step to cater to your needs. ‘Online Shopping’ is the new craze among shoppers. There are thousands of brands and millions of products that one could buy only through a click, and it comes with several benefits as well.

“Previously, online shopping meant disclosing your information and paying online, which was not safe. Many people were reluctant to shop online, but now with the ‘cash on delivery option’, consumers have a sense of security and if you don’t like the product you could exchange it,” said Merlyn D’Costa, home maker and regular online buyer.

Speaking about products and brands, internet shopping knows no bounds. From machinery to fashion accessories, they have it all. Electronic items are bought online as much as clothes and shoes. Online Shopping also called E-commerce has done a lot of good to several people. Even if one doesn’t have the full amount in hand, there is an option to pay in instalments.

Highlighting another benefit of online shopping, Darshan Chandrashekar, employee at Hewlett and Packard said that online shopping is a boon for workaholics like him, since he hardly gets time off to go shopping. Half an hour on the web and his work was done he added.

The rates online are lesser than what you would see in a showroom, and another advantage of shopping on the web is that shopping sites also provide discount coupons to their consumers. Mahesh Karunakaren, working at Ocwen expresses his opinion on the online shopping trend, “I have bought several products online and I have never been disappointed. A buyer not only gets to choose a product based on brand description, but you can also read several other consumer reviews, and you would instantly know if it’s worth the buy or not. I am also a part of several online sites and I get discount coupons too, which adds to the shopping experience.”

Online shopping involves several sites such as ‘Myntra’, ‘Jabongg’, ‘Yebhi’, ‘BeStylish’ and ‘Flipkart’. They are the shopping malls in the virtual world. Each site has its own policy and benefits that it offers its consumers. Vichitra Johnson, Engineering student at Vemana Institute of Technology appreciated the online sites for their efficiency. She said that she was amazed at the speed at which the product was delivered, a message was all she got and she received her package within two days.

There are a few qualms among customers about the sites not being genuine. However, the popular sites online have hardly given consumers a chance to complain. So it is very important for one to shop on a trusted and popular site.

Internet shopping has been growing in leaps and bounds in the recent times. Teenagers and adults have gone gaga over the new shopping trend. It’s fast, convenient, consumer friendly and feasible. There’s no reason one must hold oneself back from shopping online. If you haven’t shopped online yet, don’t worry it’s never too late to start.

- Sarah Thomas

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