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The lure of online shopping is real; is it worth it?

Published on 13 July 2018|
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When you have no time to shop at the mall, a virtual one will do.
By Louise M, Carrybeans

People are clicking their way to online shopping. From ordering a meal to buying a house, everything can be done over the Internet nowadays. If we think of it carefully, it can be quite scary. But we can’t deny that it does make our life a little bit (or a whole lot) easier.

Online shopping is not all bad but they’re not all good too. Let’s take a look.

What makes online shopping good?


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You can browse and shop for anything and everything from anywhere and at any time. All you need is an internet connection, a computer or a smartphone. It makes shopping possible from the palm of your hands.

Various shopping sites

Looking for something new or preloved? There are many sites to choose from: Zalora, Lazada, Shopee, Lelong, Mudah, Carousell, Taobao, Aliexpress, eBay, etc.

Wide selection of sellers and items

You are not confined to only buying from local sellers. There are also international retailers that ship worldwide with a reasonable shipping fee. From stationeries to groceries, a small picture to big furniture, you will be spoiled for choice from all the random items you can find.


Compared to similar items sold at your local stores, most times you can get it fairly cheaper online.

Brand online store

Your favourite (non)designer brands have their online stores too! If you can’t find what you’re looking for at their physical store, go to their website instead.

Return and refund policy

Most sellers give you the option to return the item or get a refund. This is possible if you meet their terms and conditions. At least you’re not stuck with something you don’t like.

Cashback reward programme

You can take a portion of your cash back when you buy products through the service such as via ShopBack.

Ease of payment

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Pay instantly by charging it to your credit or debit card, or use an online payment service like PayPal. All you have to do is link it to your banking account.



What makes online shopping bad?


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Either the sellers are fake, or the items are. What makes it worse is that money has already been transferred and they’re not giving it back.

Lose track of spending

Due to the ease of shopping and just clicking items into your cart, you might only realise how much you’ve spent when it’s already too late.

Payment safety issues

The security of your card data and personal banking details could be compromised if you’re not careful.

Buying unnecessary items

You don’t really need it but because it’s cheap and you can’t find it or don’t see it anywhere else, you might as well just buy it.

Poor quality

Even with all 5-star reviews, it still doesn’t guarantee that the item that will be sent to you is of great quality. Labelled as authentic or original might not be a fact too.

No fitting

Sometimes the sizing given is not 100% accurate. You can’t be sure that it will fit you or whether you will look as good as the model photos.

No return or refund policy

Some sellers don’t accept return or refund. Even if they do, they make you go through such a hassle that you would rather just give up.

Long delivery time

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Unless it’s cash-on-delivery, you don’t get the item as soon as you pay. You could be waiting for up to a month, especially if it’s from an international seller.

The popularity of online shopping is not going to decrease anytime soon. Whether you shop online or you haven’t tried, the lure to get you to do so never stops. Why? Because we spend too much time on our computers or on our phones and that is where the bait is!

Don’t let what you buy today end up being trash tomorrow. Read about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch!

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