Lazy shopping. How to shop in the online store?
If you can not stand the tedious shopping rush, are limited in mobility (for example, are on maternity leave) or live in remote regions with a meager assortment of local shops, then this type of shopping is for you.
Modern technology allows you to make purchases without leaving your home. It is enough to have access to the Internet, or to know the phone number of the delivery service. But today it will be about the Internet. I’ll tell you about my own online shopping experience.
After the birth of a child, the problem of limited freedom became acute. I’m not talking about buying products (although I’ll talk about it later) – the first time her husband worked. It took new clothes a size two or more. Since the child took all my time and it was not possible to break out even to the nearest store for a pair of socks, I began to search for the necessary on the Web.
So, the first thing I realized: online stores are divided into regional, all-Russian and even foreign. Regional – this is, you guessed it, online stores in your city and region. Most often they work with free delivery in the city from a certain order amount. Remote (all-Russian) stores are engaged in the delivery of goods by mail, courier or transport company, and in addition to the amount of goods, you will be required to pay a service fee, the amount of which depends on the remoteness of your region from the head office or warehouse of the company, as well as the policy of the company itself, etc. to. from these fees the wages of packers and other employees of the network are formed.
Local (they are also regional) stores are pleased with the speed of delivery: the order can be brought on the day of the application or the next. Prices in such stores are much lower than in retail, because there you collect goods for the minimum order amount, that is, purchase small wholesale or one / pair of expensive items. At one time, they rescued me by supplying children’s goods, as well as delivering large-sized purchases (pram, crib, high chair) to the apartment.
In the remote, I purchased mainly clothes and household items. In them, prices also do not bite as much as in ordinary retail outlets. Work from the minimum price of the order. So you can’t get one cheap thing there, for example, for 300 rubles, and it’s not profitable, because you will pay almost twice as much for it upon arrival by mail at the expense of service and postage fees. Delivery times again depend on the remoteness of your region, the operation of mail, the availability of goods in stock and other factors and are approximately 1-2 weeks.
A separate type of online shopping is made up of food and drug delivery stores. It seems to be also convenient – you do not run around the city with heavy bags, but they bring everything to your home, especially when you need a lot of products. But everywhere there are pitfalls: the price for services, like in cafes and restaurants, is increasing by at least 5 percent of the total cost. Well, of course, there is a minimum purchase amount.
In addition to the convenience of shopping on the Web, as elsewhere, there are some “buts”. First of all, this, of course, is that you often buy a “pig in a poke.” And if the courier brings the purchase in regional stores and you can check it on the spot, then when buying goods on all-Russian sites, you won’t be able to feel the item before buying. Here, of course, everything is provided for by the consumer protection society: you can return the purchase within 14 days from the date of receipt, but no one will return the service and postage fees to you, and you also have to pay for shipping the goods out of your own pocket. In some cities there is courier delivery of orders from the central region, where the headquarters of such firms are most often located. But in this case, it will not be possible to completely refuse the unsuitable goods, the payment for the courier services again falls on the shoulders of the buyer.
The hardest thing on the web is buying shoes. If clothing sizes are more or less standard, then the size and shape of the legs are mostly individual. And with embarrassment very often occur. Having once bought a jacket of her size in one company, I ordered another in the same place of the same size. The first one sat down like a glove and was even a little too small in the shoulders, in the second I literally drowned. To avoid such failures, I advise you to look for content where the option of comments with customer reviews is available.
All sorts of gifts and bonuses to orders, as well as days of sales and free deliveries on holidays make shopping on the Web enjoyable. So at one time I got hold of free bedspreads, rugs, tablecloths, dishes, and even an iron with a double boiler. And all this “in gratitude” for the purchase of inexpensive and high-quality clothing.
Another undoubted advantage of online orders is the control over their own funds. After all, you don’t rush from counter to counter or through the departments of the shopping complex and don’t buy everything in order to catch it before closing, but calmly put your favorite things in a virtual basket, then just as slowly evaluate your choice and only after that make an order.