The Internet has changed the music business in a major way, ruined the newspaper industry, and took down major retailers with massive retail stores. Does anyone remember Blockbuster, where you could rent videos, or Borders where you would buy books? These are both major businesses that are gone. We all now know the names Netflix and Amazon.
Shopping online is such an advantage to a busy mom or a career woman who has little time. Although shopping until you drop has the advantage of burning calories; clicking your buy button is easy and convenient.
The growth of online retail shopping is stunning. Each year more and more consumers venture online to do their shopping. We are lured by websites and smart phone apps that make it easier than ever before to spot deals, compare prices, research products, and ultimately make a purchase while on the go or from the comfort of your own home.
Personally, I still do shop the “old way” visiting retail stores, trying things on, comparing different products, and enjoying a Starbucks while strolling down isles. We all obviously still shop the way we always have in the past. I just don't do it as frequently as I once did. I think that a lot of us are trading in some of these ventures for a shopping experience online. Last year I found that I changed some of my buying habits to avoid the craziness at the stores during the holiday season. Yes I said holiday season, hard to believe but the thoughts of Christmas shopping are starting to creep back into my mind. Last year, not only did I buy more Christmas presents than ever online, I also enjoyed the convenience of staying home while the products shipped to my door. I have to say; I enjoyed mixing my shopping up to include more online shopping and avoiding the lines.
That all being said, in my opinion, just because more people shop online doesn't mean they'll stop shopping at stores completely. None of us know what the future holds in 20 years from now. I do know that online buying is easy and is increasing as a percentage of purchases made every year. I also know I do enjoy trying things on, the experience of shopping in retail stores, etc. I do not think the store is dead by any means. I just feel that shopping online with shipping to your door helps you. Shop without the drop!.