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Online vs Instore Shopping

Thu 22 December 2016

Online vs Instore Shopping

The Boxing Day sales are famous with bargain hunters and avid shoppers. From the early morning Next sale to frantic online Amazon scuffle - Boxing Day sales are a key part of the holiday season.  But which is better – online or in store? 

The traditional way of heading out to the shops to burn off those mince pies, is something that many of us look forward to. We can grab rare finds which have been wheeled out from the dark corners of the stock room at low prices, providing on the spot deals we might not find elsewhere. Visiting a store in person allows you to try before you buy and make sure the quality of what you’re buying is good.

Unfortunately, shops are often understaffed during the busy times and dreaded long queues form, cutting into your shopping time! Impulse buys are a lot easier in store, not to mention it can sometimes be a nightmare to find the correct size, colour or style, when there are 100 other people trying to do the same thing right next to you!

Online retailers, such as Amazon, are great when it comes to ease and convenience of shopping. Not only can they often offer a much wider choice and availability at competitive prices, but it’s also a lot easier to check prices online to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Even online retailers are not without their faults though, and at busy times like Boxing Day websites can experience high volumes of traffic causing site crashes or slow site speed. You can’t try before you buy either, which makes it a bit more risky, so it’s important to only shop from reputable retailers. 

Delivery times and costs can also be frustrating.  With many retailers offering cheap and express shipping this often is not an issue, however some products could take up to a week to arrive from within the UK and much longer from international sellers, so make sure you keep an eye on this.

A final thing to bear in mind when you’re decided whether to hit the high street or go online is– what happens if you need to return something? Some shops don’t offer refunds on sale items, and if you buy something online and have to send it back yourself it can turn a bargain into a pretty pricy item.

However you shop, you’re bound to find a bargain at this time of year, but remember to weigh up the benefits of both ways of shopping and be prepared.  And remember - prices are likely to stay low for longer than just Boxing Day itself, so keep a lookout.

Happy Shopping!