The other day, I saw a ad for some online auto parts website. Their arguement was something along the lines of 'Why go to an auto parts store when you can have parts delivered right to your door?'. But the part they left out was the fact that it will probably be at least a few days until you actually see your parts. But chances are, you need to have that part TOMORROW. If you have to wait until the UPS truck finally rolls around with your part, you could be without the use of your car for DAYS. And what happens if you get the wrong part? You will be without the use of your car for several more days after you have to pay for shipping to send it back and then have to wait (and hope) for the right part to return. I don't know about you. But this sounds like a nightmare to me. It would have been MUCH better to just go to the local Autozone or Napa, and have your car up and running that day.
Granted, alot of the time, you don't need something this quickly. But still, I just don't like having to pay for shipping and then waiting days to get my stuff. I would rather just drive to a store and have it that day. Furthermore, I don't want to have to deal with having to ship back wrong items or items that need to be warrantied. Warrantying is much more easily handled in person. And I don't have to worry about getting the wrong item in a brick and mortar store because I can verify I'm getting the right one. And that doesn't take into account the fact that, if I buy at a store vs online, I can actually see the item right before my face to see if it's really something that suits my needs. For this reason, I only order online if I'm getting something that isn't available anywhere else.
For almost all online transactions, a credit card is required. This makes for easy transactions, but may open shoppers financial information up to unwanted access.
Have you ever heard of a brick and mortar location having a security breach? In person shopping has a more personal sentiment than online computer shopping.
I do not believe shopping online has become more painful due to data security problems and online forms. I generally shop on line at retailers that I have come to trust, most often that is Amazon. If I can not find what I need at Amazon I consider other trusty sites that I have ordered from in the past. If I don't feel like an online retailer is legitimate, then I will not purchase from them.
It is everyone's responsability to be careful. When your buying online don't buy from sketchy websites. Using sites like amazon, indigo, etc.. Are fine. The benefits still out weighs the risks. Think about it: buying from an online store is the same as buying from the store but it takes less time. The shipping cost 20$, but for you to get to the store you have to include cost of gas, milage, wear on car breaks it all breaks even except for the time saving.
People sometimes forget the aggravations and security issues that can come from "regular" shopping at a brick-and-mortar store. You have to drive there and back, carrying your parcels. You have to wait in lines, and deal with the store possibly being out of stock of the product that you want. Security can still be an issue, too. Store clerks can steal credit card numbers, and you can still be a victim of a robber or a thief. Online shopping, with no lines and delivery to your home, is much more convenient. If you are reasonably prudent, it is safer, too.
I like online shopping and continue to buy a lot of things online, since I can usually find a better deal and a bigger selection. I think that the security information is fairly safe, and most credit card companies have protective measures. The forms are a little annoying, but not enough to stop me from shopping online.
Shopping online is not without its problems or risks, but it is still more convenient for many who do not wish to travel to a real store. For example, shopping on the Internet is easier sometimes, because one can compare many offers easily. Whereas doing so at traditional stores, it would require a lot of time and travel.
Shopping online not only gives customers more choices, better prices and product reviews, but also you never have to worry about waiting in traffic, or getting robbed or mugged. And the weather never affects your purchase. The most effort you'll have to put into an online purchase is going to the post office.
I have been shopping online for many years. I have enjoyed the convenience and the variety of options. I have not, even one time, ever had my information compromised in any way, and I have no fear of it ever happening. There are virtually no forms that one needs to fill out, other than entering in your payment information, so that is not an issue. Some people might be more unlucky on these issues, but, I don't think they are a problem.
Most online shopping businesses have good, strong, encrypted software that prevents most data security problems. And, the short form that the buyer has to fill in to place an order is relatively simple, and doesn't take long to input the information. Online shopping is much easier and faster than having to go to a brick-and-mortar store. The online buyer also saves time and gasoline, and usually finds great bargains with free shipping. What could be better than this?
Online shopping is about as secure a way to shop as any. Most sites accept Paypal, which I have used for years without having any problems. The forms are extremely user friendly, and only take seconds to fill out, making it a easier process than driving to the store, waiting in line and depending on a minimum wage disgruntled employee not to steal your credit card number.
I do almost all of my non-fresh food shopping online, and have had few problems with it. While you do have to be vigilant, and make sure that you check your credit statements, I think that the time and effort for such activities is far out-weighed by the time and energy it takes to get into the car, drive to the store, and deal with the crowds of traditional brick and mortar stores.