All of the large stores promote Internet shopping to their prospective customers their faith in the Internet is borne out by the latest figures. The first 3 months of 2008 saw a 50.5% increase over the same period in 2007 with sales reaching a staggering £13bn, of which £850 million was spent online in the week of the Easter holidays alone.
Online shopping in a way to encourage more people to switch more of their shopping to online virtual shops gives discounts that cannot be found in the high street. As far as the retailer is concerned no doubt the Internet provides a great margin of profit as goods are stored and shipped from warehouses instead of very expensive high street outlets. It is easy to imagine how attractive it is for any housewife to sit in front of her computer the week before Christmas and select a variety of Christmas grocery shopping from a number of retailers and have them delivered to her front door, no hassle no stress, freeing her time up for the other essential chores that occur just before Christmas, in fact she could even let her husband do the shopping on line if she gave him a shopping list.
Another major factor is the fact that with online shopping you escape those long frustrating queues at check outs, when the person in front always either wants to check items or does not have their money or credit card ready while their goods are being scanned, or worst of all the checkout person has to contact a supervisor with a query, you stand there while the queue you were thinking about joining is quickly served and on their way.
Online shopping revolution has really just started now that people are beginning to realise that if it is for sale you can buy it online, and not only that, you are able to check the prices in a number of outlets in no time at all, no need to spend a day going from shop to shop trying to save money finally forgetting where you saw the goods the cheapest.
Visiting a physical retail shopping centre will never die out, most women enjoy the social atmosphere that comes from visiting physical shops while trying clothes and shoes on, and perhaps having a coffee or lunch with a friend that someone else has prepared. Even so there is a belief that for larger items and luxury items the Internet is the ideal alternative.
With the growth in household computers there can only be continued growth in online shopping, if you have not experienced it you should try it out. Experience the anticipation of placing an order and waiting for a delivery van to stop at your door to bring that parcel to you, it is like Christmas or your birthday as you eagerly unwrap the goods even though you know the contents of the parcel there is still an air of excitement in that moment.