Shopping is something that can never go out of style. We will always have to buy new things, so shopping is inevitable in our life. It used to be that shopping meant getting dressed up and going to malls, today it can be done from the comfort of your home. Online shopping was already booming, but with the coronavirus making it difficult to get out of your home, online shopping has taken over and has become the preferred method for the majority of the market.
Children are constantly changing – their needs, wants and size can change from day to day. Every T-shirt you buy for your child will likely outgrow within 6 months. What does this lead to – more and more shopping!
So when you need to shop so badly, what’s the best option for you? Let’s take a look at the factor breakdown for offline and online purchases!
- Time saving
One of the main advantages of shopping online is that it can save you a lot of time. This can be done at home, in bed, in a car, between work calls, sometimes even in the bathroom! For a parent, time is essential with small children. The process of going to the mall can take hours, while the same can be done in minutes from your sofa and smartphones! Especially if you are a working parent, getting out of the house to shop can be next to impossible! Therefore, with online shopping, it can also be solved when shopping during dinner.
- Lucrative offers
E-commerce stores offer a wide variety of offers that one can take advantage of. As a parent, you are constantly on the lookout for quality but inexpensive things because children tend to outgrow clothes. Offline stores only offer offers for a limited number of months per year, while with online shopping there are offers throughout the year such as sales, discounts, coupon codes , etc which you can benefit from.
- More options
Online shopping offers a wide variety of options that offline stores cannot compete with. The internet is an endless place, which also makes the options endless. For every sweater you might want to buy your child, you may have a thousand options to search through. This can help you make the best choice in terms of design as well as price!
- Ease of handling children
One of the hardest things about being a parent is getting your kids dressed and taking them out into the outside world, all while praying that they stay on their best behaviors. Children can be unpredictable, they need attention and care, which is hard to do while trying to run from store to store to buy their clothes. With online shopping, you no longer need to dress up! You and your child can just sit on the table and go through the clothes together – if your child is picky, they can also actively and voluntarily participate in choosing their clothes, hassle-free!
- Easy returns
Online shopping allows for easy returns and delivery – almost free! If the size is too small for your child? With one click, you can return it. You can also change the size to whatever you want. Shopping has never been easier.
- No pressure purchases
The biggest disabler of offline shopping may be the constant pressure and vigilance of store staff. You’re under a microscope, and with kids it can become an even more tedious activity, as the staff subtly push you to buy and try various things. Online stores allow you to browse to your heart’s content without anyone hovering around!
- no crowd
Crowds have become a major source of anxiety for many people now. Since the pandemic, people have become increasingly aware of how many outings they go on and how many people they come into contact with. Especially with young children, going out in a dense crowd has become a risky business. For this reason, online shopping has grown in popularity as it is a contactless option. So, for your safety and that of your child, shopping online can be a way to do your work without going out!
- Feel of clothes
Buying things in person gives you the ability to smell the clothes. The quality of the material is easier to judge. When selecting children’s clothing, it is important that the material does not itch or feel uncomfortable. When selecting clothes in a store, you can get an idea of the fabric, which allows you to make a more informed choice.
- Help from staff
The staff at any store are well versed in the many pieces at the outlets and therefore their recommendations are worth their weight in gold. Especially in larger multi-brand stores, the staff can point you in the right direction and help you choose select pieces. It helps you save time and discover new things you didn’t know before!
The opinions expressed above are those of the author.
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