When you think of shopping you traditionally think of grabbing your credit card and hitting the high street on a Saturday afternoon. But with more and more of us choosing to shop online, could all that be about to change?


As we move ever further into a culture of convenience we expect services to be available 24/7. In turn, of course, that requires many of us to work shifts and the traditional Saturday shopping trip into town simply isn’t an option for a lot of us anymore.


There are plenty of benefits to online shopping, that’s for sure. For pure convenience there’s really no contest.


Those living in rural areas, or those with young children to look after, can find getting into town a mission in itself.


The same goes for elderly shoppers who may find their mobility isn’t what it used to be.


Online shopping can be a benefit when you consider that in less time than it takes to find your keys, find your wallet, put your coat and shoes on and get out the front door, your online purchase can already be on its way!


With most online retailers also allowing you to save your credit card details on your account, buying online takes literally moments and becomes as simple as a couple of clicks of a mouse. Or simpler yet, a couple of taps on a smart phone app!


There are no crowds to contend with when you shop online. The items you’re after will almost certainly be in stock, your choice will be far greater and if you want to look around for a good deal on a purchase, there’s no walking from shop to shop until you’ve lost the will to live – you just go to a price comparison site and it’s all done for you.


Of course, with shopping online you don’t get the instant gratification that comes with traditional high street shopping.


Waiting for your shiny new purchase to be delivered isn’t quite the same as coming home laden with bags and laying your new purchases out on the table.


Additionally, if your parcel is too big to fit through the letterbox, you better make sure you’re home when the postman calls or you’ll spend all the time you’ve saved going to the sorting office to pick it up!


There’s also definitely something to be said for the social side of traditional high street shopping.


Meeting up with friends and stopping for lunch half way through the day is all part of the joy of a good day’s bargain hunting. Not to mention the value of having a friend with you while you try on clothes or shoes.


Most online retailers have great policies for trying on and returning shoes and clothing, but if the items you’ve bought online aren’t right, that means another trip to the post office that could have been avoided.


No amount of convenience will ever replace the pleasure we get from browsing in a real bookshop or rummaging in an end of line clothes sale, so it’s hard to imagine a time when the high streets will no longer attract shoppers at all.


But whether you prefer to buy online or on the high street one things for certain – where there are shops there will always be shoppers, reaching for their credit card and ready to snap up a bargain wherever and whenever they see one.


This article was written by Les Roberts, who regularly writes about all things personal finance from mortgages to savings.



  1. The cons that you may run into when it comes to traditional shopping is that the store you are shopping at may not accept your payment method. There is also the fact that they may not have what you want. You may even find that the item they have is more expensive than what you want to pay. You may know that another store carries it, but they are out of it because they sell it at a cheaper price.

  2. I would personally go with traditional shopping. With online shopping there is no way of you knowing that someone is stealing your data. Quality is the biggest issue when it comes to online shopping. There is no way you will know if what you are purchasing is of the quality you want. There are actually pros and cons of both, where finding things online is easy while you will have to visit many shops in traditional shopping.

  3. Shopping has its own fun when done traditionally. I love to hang around with friends and buy stuff. It’s a good way to meet friends and have a memorable time.

  4. What I like most about online shopping is that it is very convenient. It takes less effort to purchase a product. However, the price is higher due to the shipping cost. On the other hand, traditional shopping is a tiring task, but it is worth it as you will be able to check the product if it is of good quality or not.

  5. Online shopping is more convenient like in some point in this post. Online shopping offers conservation of time,energy and effort unlike going to the market to suffer from the long lines over the counter. Not to mention the caution about scams online. For me, the good thing about traditional shopping is that you get to check the quality of the product personally and gets it in no time.

  6. Online shopping gets better day by day. Well, since most of us are busy with our ecommerce websites, we better make the most out of our online presence so we can get more sales and earn more revenue. A good shopping cart software with a merchant account will do the job for you.

  7. Traditional is better for girls. They feel good and refresh their moods while shopping. Online is better for men because not all of them enjoy spending hours in a mall looking for a small thing!

  8. Hi Les,
    I agree that there are lots of benefits when it comes to online shopping – I do not have to wait in long lines and when I do not have the time to go out (or the weather’s bad), a few clicks will do the trick. However, there are times I like to shop, meet up with friends, or spend time with my family outside for dinner. So I guess there are pros and con on both offline and online shopping. The important point is that we must always be wise when spending with our credit card.

  9. I am more of an online shopper than the traditional mall shopper. My major complaint is having to wait in line. I find it to be a waste of time when I could be doing more important things, more productive things like finishing paperwork, making plans, discussing business with partners etc. I’m a guy and like most other guys, find shopping to be too time-consuming. Thank God, online shopping is now possible.

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