Downsides of Online Shopping

You Do Not Get To Try The Items First

This is by far the biggest downside of buying online, and it mainly applies to clothes. While it is true that online you can find a variety of clothing items that you cannot find live, you do need to know your dress size. However, even if you do know your dress size, the clothes may still not fit you right or they may not look exactly as you want them to.

Most, if not all of the online stores allow you to return the product within 10 to 14 days from the moment of purchase, should it not rise to your expectations. However, this is too much of a hassle for many buyers, who simply end up with their money spend on clothes they seldom wear.

Shipping Fees

One of the main reasons why people turn to online shopping is because the products are usually 20% to 30% cheaper than they are in the traditional, brick and mortar stores. However, what most of them seem to forget is that they do need to take the shipping fees into account.

Some of the largest retailers offer to cover these fees if you purchase items that are above a certain sum of money, but not all of them do. Besides this, the shipping time should not be neglected either, as it typically takes several working days to have the item delivered, and up to two weeks if you have it delivered internationally.

Not All That Glitters Is Gold

In other words, looks can be deceiving. Remember that the main goal of each online store is to sell as many products as possible, this is why they often hire professional models and photographers to get the best out of their products. Maybe that dress looks gorgeous in the picture, and live it is far from what you expected it to be. This is precisely why many people choose not to take any chances and stick to live shopping instead.

Security Matters

In spite of the fact that most online stores use advanced encryption software that protects the personal and credit card details of the buyer, there still is a slight risk that your credit card purchase can get hacked. Many people do not want to take any chances when it comes to paying with their credit or debit card online, as hacking these websites (although secure) has become easier than ever before.

However, if you have found an item online that you have been looking for and you were unable to find it live, then at least make sure to thoroughly read the privacy policy prior to making any purchase. Only this way you can be sure that the online store is authentic and that your personal details are fully protected. It is highly recommended to read the Terms of Service and the Return Policy of the online store in question, as well.