We all know that shopping online is by far the most convenient option when it comes to time, energy and efficiency. With just a click of a mouse, you could be the proud new owner of the latest iPhone, your summer package holiday or tickets to see Beyonce.
But are you aware of these additional advantages of doing your weekly shop online?
1. It’s cheaper
Time is money, and once you’ve added your bus fare or petrol to the mix, the simple act of grocery shopping has gained a good £5. But shopping online is also cheaper for the retailers; online retailers do not have to splash out on the sky rocketing rent of their brick-and-mortar counterparts. This means that they (should) have more freedom to offer fair prices to us consumers.
2. Online shops know what you’re looking for, even if you don’t
We all found this incredibly spooky at first, but those ‘you might also be interested in…’ pop-ups can actually be very helpful. A brick-and-mortar shop doesn’t have quite the same personal experience to offer when you walk in and doesn’t remember what you purchased last time.
3. So much choice
Shops can only display so many products at a time, which often means compromising on what you intended to buy. Online retailers, on the other hand, have the luxury of offering many, many variations of the same product. Plus, there’s no need to ask a shop assistant whether they have any more of a certain product in the stockroom; what you see is what you get online.
4. Open all hours
We millennials can be extremely busy, and the weekly food shop often drops off the end of our to-do list. Online shopping is available 24 hours a day, so you get to choose when is most convenient for you, whether that’s on the bus, in your lunch hour or when you have the munchies after a night out.
5. Queue, what queue?
There’s nothing worse than popping to the shop to do a quick food shop after work and ending up spending three hours queueing to pay for your five items. Just imagine how much time you will free up to do much more exciting and important things by switching to queue-free online shopping.