Is Internet shopping killing the traditional shopping experience?
survey by the British
Retail Consortium predicted that by 2025 up to 74,000 shops of the 270,000
trading in the UK today will close.
been much made of the decline of the high street retail sector in recent weeks,
fuelled by the collapse of retail giants British Home Stores, Toys-R-Us and
Maplin. The argument rumbles on with analysists offering up several different explanations:
from rising business rates, Brexit and more importantly the rise of internet
shopping and online consumer trust.
are hungry for new and innovative shopping experiences and retail giants invest
millions in a bid to discover new methods of tempting us into bricks-and-mortar
shops. But, for the modern shopper, cost and convenience are key factors in the
shopping experience. If a product can be purchased for 10-25% cheaper online,
delivered to the door, it’s hard to make a reasonable argument against the online
Below is a
compilation of the most common arguments for and against online shopping.
ONLINE SHOPPING PRO’s:
stores are never closed
parking hassle, annoying crowds or checkout queues
dealing with aggressive salespeople
access to customer reviews
ONLINE SHOPPING CON’S:
online does not offer a direct personal experience
sometimes be difficult to get money refunded
cannot physically inspect a product
influence your shopping choices and where do you site on the Online vs High
Street debate? Join the conversation HERE!