Have you ever thought about how technology has made our lives so much easier and faster? I am talking about Online Shopping. We can order almost anything we want off the internet, from accessories and clothes to furniture and home appliances. Heck, my friend even ordered Cannabis pills online (Medicinal, of course). So due to COVID-19 pandemic, I am currently back in my home country, India. And India is a country where there is no lack of labour This enables online shopping to be a huge success in India because due to the large labour force, companies can offer very fast delivery, including same-day delivery. During the pandemic, there was a lockdown in almost all countries. For India specifically, shops selling essential items were open but still most people preferred to order stuff online to avoid going out unnecessarily. Even after the lockdown was removed, and shops were opened, most people prefer to shop online. One of the main reasons for this is the ease of shopping online with the convenience of staying at home. The evolution of this sector and the growth opportunities in the sector were already on a rise but have grown exponentially due to the pandemic. People can buy almost everything they can think off online. This online market is also probably the most competitive market ever as people have the option to look at various options and varieties of the same product without having to physically go to different stores. This enables the people to explore products and get the best out of it. Moreover, nowadays, online shopping is not even restricted only to products as you can even order services online. For example, there is an app in India called UrbanCompany which allows you to book appointments for beauty services, plumbers, electricians, cleaning services, etc. It is as easy as downloading the app. People don’t even need to be tech-savvy to take advantage of these different online-shopping apps and services as they are designed to be easy to use by everyone. At the same time, because of the boon of online shopping, people are definitely becoming technologically advanced. For some, looking at products online on these websites is also a hobby or time-pass. For example, my grandmother loves to scroll through Amazon all day on her mobile. However, this can also easily become an addiction for some and people can lose track of how much money they’ve spent on online shopping since it’s so easy. Further, there are obviously some websites which scam people and entice them through low prices. They may steal the credit card information or take the money but not deliver the product, or deliver something different than promised or fake product copies. For example, there was a scandal a few years ago, where someone ordered an iphone but they got a bar of soap instead (actually happened a few times). Therefore, while the world of online shopping has its benefits and can be an amazing place, we should still be wary of deals that seem too good to be true.
What is your take on online shopping? Do you shop online often?
I personally love online shopping because it is just so easy and fast.