I find myself wondering here lately if it’s better to shop online or in store? Do you do more online shopping or driving to town and visiting the actual brick and mortar store buildings and shopping? I do a little of both, about 50-50. Some days I enjoy going to a store, browsing or window shopping (which usually ends in me buying something) and trying things on/out. It seems to be more time consuming but for some it’s the way to shop. Recently I have found in store shopping to be more of a hassle than anything. I’ll see commercials for something and go out to see if it’s something I really want/need and there will be crowds or they will be out of stock in my size or what I want or be completely sold out. Wasted trip and gas right? I love having the option to see things in person though like makeup. Makeup is something I will not buy online unless it’s something I know will work for me. Shopping online has pros and cons just as well as in store shopping. I get to search for items in different browser tabs to see who has the best deal, after all we all want the best deals right? Then I can browse coupon sites like those that offer top new year coupon codes to save even more. What is one of the downsides of shopping online? The online shipping fees, not every store offers free shipping. I have found great deals on things like clothes but then see the shipping fee and figure it would be cheaper to just go to a store and buy it there (if it’s in stock). For example I go to an online store and end up with items that are $20 and shipping is $8 but if you spend $40 you get free shipping. Do I say hmm is the extra $20 in items really worth saving the $8 shipping? No way! If you look an item up online and go to the store to buy it and the online price ends up being cheaper what do you do? Go ahead and buy it while you are there? Or go back home and buy it from your laptop sitting in your sweats while sipping iced coffee? I know I’m not the only one that shops from home like that. In-store buyers beware? Apparently, we would be better off going back home and paying the cheaper price there? If it were a big difference in the price I’d probably go back home and shop but if it were only a couple dollars I’d most likely just hand it to the cashier to ring up right then and there. The biggest example of store wars? Black Friday vs Cyber Monday.
So depending on my mood, what I am shopping for and how much time and money I have are all factors in where I do my shopping. What about you? Where do you do the majority of your shopping? Shop online or in store?