Shopping, as a phenomenon as well as activity, has taken an immense amount of importance in everybody's life in the present day. However, owing to the development of the internet, this 'activity', so to speak, has become a lot more convenient, since online shopping has taken shape pretty well over the past few years.
It is a common fact that shopping is today a very basic necessity of every household, but is also a very cumbersome activity, since everybody wants to have the best deal on the product they are buying, which basically translates to getting the best quality for the lowest price. For some, the experience of visiting different shops or stores for finding the best deal is an enjoyable one, but for the majority, it's a headache they would like to do away with as soon as possible. This leads to people buying sub-standard products, which are not only of poor quality, but also ultimately result in wastage of money. This is generally done when one is in a hurry, or not having the stamina to visit different places. However, with online shopping coming into the picture, all this has changed.
The first and most prolific advantage of online shopping is that it allows one to access many items from different brands, so that an informed decision can be taken. Had this been an offline shopper's agenda, it would have entailed visiting 4-5 different shops/stores to get an idea about the different products and their prices, which is by no means an easy task.
Further, online shopping does not have any off days, which means that one can even shop on a Sunday, or for that matter public holidays, which is also convenience personified, since there are often cases when one has to leave the workplace early to buy that important product essential for his/her home.
Online shopping also helps one do away with the hassles of shopping among hundreds of other shoppers, as the internet gives one all the freedom that is needed. Often, one hesitates in going out to shop on certain occasions because of the knowledge that many others would also be crowding shops for the same. This trend is particularly evident in case of apparel. With online shopping, one can shop at his/her own convenience, even at midnight! This is one store that never closes, and would certainly not give one a feeling of crowdedness in any manner whatsoever.
Coming to the most critical part, the payments, although the early years of the inception of online shopping in India did witness the unusual fraud or two, these days, the security front on the internet has been beefed up, with leading banks offering their payment gateways to ensure that the consumer has no chances of getting cheated in any manner whatsoever. So, it's a perfectly safe way to shop, and one that is extremely user-friendly as well!