Buying things online is so easy it can be very tempting. It’s not the best idea, though. You’re better of shopping in person, for the following reasons:
You can’t try anything on online. No matter how cute it looks on the website, you have no idea how it is going to look once it is in your house and on your person.
When you are looking at an item on a website, you are missing a lot of information. You can look at videos and pictures, but you can’t feel the fabric, check the quality, see it on.
You have to wait for your item. Sure, when you buy online there’s often a free or inexpensive shipping option. It’s rarely a fast option though. Unless you want to wait five business days or longer to get your purchase, you’re better off shopping in a store.
You bought something for one of two reasons. Either you needed it, or you just wanted it. But regardless, you probably needed it or wanted it when you purchased it. It is not so satisfying to purchase something and then have to wait so long.
This is the major advantage to shopping in person. It may be more of a hassle to go out shopping than it is to surf and click at home, but the inconvenience is outweighed by bringing your purchase home that same day.
Returns are a pain. When you buy something in person you can just bring it back to the store. When you buy online, you have a big hassle to go through when you need to return something.
You may have to start by calling the company and getting a return number, just to get the company to accept it back. You have to package it up for shipping – which is a big problem if you had to assemble it once it arrived. If that’s the case you have to take it back apart. If it is a big or bulky item, repackaging can be very tricky.
Then you have to get your package to a post office or FedEx, or arrange for it to be picked up by a shipper. Either way, this is going to burn more of your time.