Online shopping is the act of buying goods and services over the internet using a web browser. This is an international commercial base, which enables one to access worldwide markets. Online shopping enables one to buy goods anywhere and or overseas. Online shopping only requires a device with a web browser that can be able to connect to the internet.
There are various retailing corporations which are involved in selling the products and services online, this include Alibaba, Amazon, e-bay and Jumia. Products such as clothing, electronics, software and apps can be sold online. Consumers are able to get access to this products and services by visiting the website of the retailers. The consumer looks at the goods he/she desires and orders through the e-mail or can call through phone. After taking the orders payments are made through PayPal accounts, postal money order, invoices or credit cards. After payment the products are delivered either by shipping, downloading or printing.
This method of shopping is of high convenience as the products and services are delivered very fast thus it’s a reliable method of shopping. It also has a lower cost when taking orders and purchasing. When researching, it gives one to get apt with the market scope, and also one can get reviews of the products which may help to pick that which fits your need.
However, online shopping with all its numerous advantages and effectiveness, it may sometimes have pitfalls. That is;
This is so common where some people steal people’s credit cards and scheme up deceptive measures to get to get to one’s account thus draining it completely. This is also evident as there are hackers who hack also hack a retailer‘s website and steals the names, addresses and credit card numbers of the customers and hence gets to steal from them. This is identity theft.
Lack of full disclosure of costs.
Online shopping offers a broader selection of products and price comparisons. However, it does not show the sum cost upfront by indicating the additional costs such as the shipping costs. This makes it difficult for a person to budget with the cash he/she has.
Another concern is the privacy issue.
Not every deal is a good deal, some people who are criminals may open websites that mimicking exemplary retailers that you have used before. This is made to confuse people and steal their payment details such as the credit card and bank account details. This is much more like scam.
This is a world class problem facing many online shoppers. Very valuable and costly products are sold at throw away prices because the prices are cut. This may attract the consumer since he/she will consider the price beforehand without looking confirming the product’s outlet genuineness. As the wise words deploy, “when the deal is too good, think twice”.
Fake online reviews.
This may result in a consumer going for a product from a retail website which does not vest your interests and needs. The sites may be advertised to produce products and services that are in-existent and also purchasing fake goods which are of low quality. This means the consumer will incur a loss since the product or service offered is not serving his/her needs.