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By Jonathan Kistner
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Five Perks To Online Shopping
“Of moms with smartphones, 62% use shopping apps.”
With all the technological advances in the past 15 years, you’d be crazy not to consider online shopping. Since 1932, Black Friday has been regarded as the beginning of the “Christmas shopping season.” However, in 2005 The National Retail Federation coined the term “Cyber Monday”, which refers to a noticeable rise in online traffic and revenue. This first Monday after Thanksgiving is considered to be the mark of the “online shopping season.”
Does this online shopping trend carry out through the rest of the year? Absolutely! There are many benefits to online shopping, especially for new moms who can't manage to leave the house with baby. More and more we see retailers becoming accessible online. Also, it’s become a common trend to only have an online store. As opposed to a physical location, those with an online store are accessible for just about anywhere− as long as you have an internet connection.
So what are the perks of being an online consumer?
1. Online shopping suits my indecisiveness.
Truth be told, I’m a very indecisive person. There have been instances where I’ve been at Target in the same isle for 20 minutes trying to decide whether I’m about to make a good purchase or not. Online shopping eliminates the guess work! I simply add something to my wish list, and in a week or so I can come back to it. This gives me time to think about my purchase and when I revisit my wish list I’ll either decide to hang on to it or say “What was I thinking?” and delete it.
2. Internet-only options.
Sometimes there will be special sales or products that are only available online. This ranges from rare collector’s items, to hard-to-find sizes, or specialty beauty products. And if you buy directly from a brand, you'll likely get VIP options only available to those who sign up with them...
3. Buying online can save you money.
Many stores will send out email alerts for sales and deals that they have going on if you choose to sign up. This is a great way to save some cash and know that you're buying from the people that make the product and know it best.
4. Shopping on the go.
One of the things I love about online shopping is you can do it from anywhere! Lots of people like to play games on their phones to kill time, but usually if I’m waiting at doctor’s appointment or about to go out I will hop online and check out the latest deals!
5. House rules.
Some stores can be so strict, “No shoes, no shirt, no service”…no thank you! If you’re a mom, I’m sure you don’t want to round up your kids and hope they behave themselves while you’re out shopping. From home, you can breastfeed while you click “Confirm Purchase”. That is multitasking at its finest.