October 27, 2021

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Why online shopping might not be the best option

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There is a growing rise in the rate of online shopping in the world today. People would prefer to shop from a place of convenience instead of going to a physical store, for various reasons.

 However, different shoppers end up with different shopping experiences, depending on the company they transacted with. Platforms like USreviews are there to help customers to find the best online stores. They do this by providing feedback from previous users of the organization’s services. 

Commonly associated disadvantages of online shopping are; 

Shipping problems

This is a recurring problem with online shopping. Almost every shopper must have encountered this issue one time or the other. At times, shipping problems do not occur because the company is a bad one, it could just be one of their bad days. However, some companies are associated with regular shipping problems.  This could include late delivery, misplaced goods, damaged goods as a result of shipping, or even wrong address delivery. 

Little or no human interaction 

Doing business online always would mean that a person is always online. This is good in cases where the business is not entirely tasking and time-consuming. However, some cases would require that the person is always online almost 24/7. This will lead to reduced time spent with other people, bad social skills and communication and the likes. It could also lead to health problems as a result of much screen time. 

The internet is a good place but nothing can be compared to human interaction.  

Becoming a victim of fraud

Fraud is a common occurrence with operations involving online platforms. This is even more common with online shopping because you do not know who you are buying from or who is buying from you. All that is involved between both parties is the goods or services being exchanged. As such, it is very easy to become a victim of cyber fraud. This could come as paying for goods and not receiving them because the seller has absconded. It could also be in the form of sending goods and the buyer refuses to pay for it. This is why most sellers use the payment before service policy. 

Avoiding being a victim of these frauds can only be by following up on reviews before using a service or just trusting your gut to lead you right. 

Unfriendly websites

With online shopping, you can only see a picture of what you want and hope to get exactly what you saw. It is not the case in all situations though. You cannot exactly know what you are getting until you see it. Meanwhile, some goods might require you to feel them determine their quality  

Some websites are fair enough to allow returns in cases where you are not satisfied with what you got. However, this only occurs in a very few instances. Most of these companies have strict rules guiding their return policy that could sometimes come as a disadvantage to the buyer. 

Online shopping is a great option for buying and selling. You should however be well aware of all the clauses surrounding them so you are not caught off-guard at any point. 

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