Why do we shop online for books?
Online shopping of books provides ease of shopping. It helps to avoid the travel by bus or car to the local store. It helps to save time; as we don’t spend on time commuting. Over crowded malls are avoided, and no wandering around searching for the right store. A research has found that we humans always find a way either knowingly or unknowingly to make other peoples life difficult than it should be…
Advantages: 1. Helps to save time 2. Better value for your money as many merchants offer good deals to grab business. 3. Saving on fuel bills. 4. Product reviews help to make better decision on products 5. Helps to avoid persuasive sales guys 6. Goods delivered to your doorstep. 7. No need to move around collecting merchandise in shopping carts or basket
Cons: 1. Since there is no interaction with a sales representative there is lack of personal touch. 2. While make purchase through Credit/Debit card, user should take precaution that the merchant site is not a scam site. 3. Risk of personal information being misused. 4. Dissatisfaction as there could be a variation in the actual product received, than what the picture shows on the net. 5. Unable to admire our just purchased product. 6. Delay in delivery of items or lost in transit. 7. Incur expenses on handling & shipping. 8. Difficulty in obtaining refund for products returned or to exchange.
Tips: • To familiarize yourself with on line shopping, do some shopping at publicly known shopping sites. •Do some investigation of online traders – this will help to weed out scams. •Read reviews of other users •Cross check the company’s physical address to ensure you’re dealing with a genuine company.
Shopping online - is it a good idea
Online shopping offers many options. This is has been mine observation of shopping of e-stores. Some wholesaler sites offer really good deals, and offer better value for money. But this needs a little searching around.
Precautions while doing online shopping
Watch out the website. Give your information only to secure websites. How will you differentiate between a secure and insecure website? Check the URL address box. The address in this space should start with ‘https’ instead of ‘http’. The ‘s’ in ‘https’ means it’s a secure server. The site has an authenticity certificate at a central registry . While making payment, use the services of a major credit card. Doing so will help you to do a charge back if your product doesn’t arrive; or something has gone wrong with your purchase wherein you’ve not got your goods. The credit card company will take the money back from the merchants account, and give it back to you. But don’t misuse this right, as credit card companies keep a tab of such activities. If the customer uses it often, the credit card company could refuse this facility in future.
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