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How Are Online Stores Changing How We Shop?

March 8, 2017

Shopping online is such a handy tool. I love when I need something, especially an item I know is going to be difficult to find in my area, and being able to jump online and find it immediately. The large majority of us use online shopping as a consistent tool and have at least relied on it once in our life thus far. It’s convenient! However, with online shopping becoming more prominent, the way we shop in-stores, is changing. In many ways, you might not even notice it.

Back in the day, walking into a store, especially places like Best Buy, you needed as much help from the sales people as you could get. It was difficult to understand and keep up with all the new gadgets and jargon. However, now, it’s easy to walk into Best Buy and already know what we want as well as know all the specs and jargon like the sales person. A quick Google on our phones and any word we don’t already know is quickly understood. A salesperson job, while still holding for now, will soon be unnecessary or replaced by a machine as we have already seen happening at McDonald’s.

Online shopping and in-store shopping is treated in a similar fashion. No longer are they two separate entities—they work together. For example, (I will use Best Buy again) when most of us walk into Best Buy, we already have in mind what we want because we’ve already looked online. Then, when we walk into the store, we most likely have a link on our phone with either an online coupon or we have a link to another store that can be price matched for a lower price, etc.

If we wanted to, we don’t even need to leave our houses to get what we need. Groceries can be brought to our door, freshly prepared dinner or partially prepared dinner can be brought to our door, and any item we really could ever want can be brought to our door. Further, I sometimes don’t go grocery shopping before checking online to make sure the store I’m going to actually has some of my items in stock. Back in the day, you just went down to the store to check or called. However, we no longer have to rely on that.

Before, we had word of mouth on whether an item we bought was satisfactory or not. If we didn’t know or were unsure, we just bought it and tried it for ourselves. These days, there are so many reviews online for every item, that we often base our reasoning for purchasing an item on the amount of stars and good reviews it has gained. Which, in many ways this is extremely helpful but it other ways, it can cause us to easily miss out on an item we might truly enjoy in a way others didn’t. Opinions have been given a large amount of weight due to online access.

The convenience of online shopping as well as the convenience of online in general is truly the heart of what’s changing our shopping habits and routines. Many stores even offer free shipping for online orders on a consistent basis. The only difference is that we can’t get the item immediately. However, I have a feeling with as much as we advance in technology and science every day, there will soon be a way to cover that as well. There has already been a major decline in physical stores closing or going solely online in order to keep up with the changing times. I predict that before long, physical stores will be a thing of the past. I doubt it will be in my lifetime, but then again, stranger things have happened.

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    March 10, 2017 at 4:05 am

    I absolutely think that there will be a big shift in physical stores in the future. I suppose that I now shop online more often. But I’m usually happier with my purchases when they are made in a store.

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    March 10, 2017 at 4:07 am

    I don’t think brick and mortar will ever be as popular again as it was before. There are too many people out there like me who just want to shop at home in their PJ’s.

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    Kelly Hutchinson
    March 10, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    My husband and I share a car. This makes shopping at traditional stores difficult. I do a lot of shopping online now.

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    Vera Sweeney
    March 10, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    I love the freedom that online shopping affords me. Although, I’ll still peruse the store if I go for a store pickup.

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    Pam Wattenbarger
    March 10, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    I like online shopping and I use it quite often. I still have to go to the regular store pretty often too.

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    Bill Sweeney
    March 10, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Online shopping is the greatest thing in the history of great things. When it came on the scene, I knew everything was going to be SO much better.

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    March 10, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    I do way too much online shopping- it is just so easy. I find it is the best way to save as well.

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    Meagan Goepferich
    March 10, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I prefer to shop online. I hate running out to the store with the kids.

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    March 11, 2017 at 3:07 am

    I do love the convenience of shopping online, but I also love to walk into a physical store to check out the wares. I love to touch products, it’s part of the fun of shopping for me, so I hope that they don’t ever completely disappear.

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    Mandee Suchland
    March 11, 2017 at 4:09 am

    I LOVE shopping online, especially with 2 young kids at home. I can focus on what i want to buy when they’re sleeping or occupied instead of having them screaming in the store while I’m trying to read the label or ask a store associate.

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    Annemarie LeBlanc
    March 11, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I use online stores to shop for household items and other services. However, when it comes to clothes or shoes, I choose a physical store because I need to see how it fits before I purchase it.

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    March 11, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I shop online more than I go out to stores. It’s just easier, and less time consuming. Not to mention lugging 7 kids to a store is a huge pain in the butt!

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    Louise Bishop
    March 11, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Shopping at home is a bi draw for me. I’m traveling often for work so grabbing things is not as easy as it used to be.

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    March 11, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    I shop less and less at physical stores. I do appreciate that there are such great options online. Sure does make a busy mama’s life easier.

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    Dawn McAlexander
    March 12, 2017 at 1:15 am

    My husband works for a company that makes in-store displays for companies like Walmart. He says that there has definitely been an impact on his company’s business from online shopping. Stores are ordering less and less displays because less people are coming into stores.

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    Shannon Gurnee
    March 13, 2017 at 4:32 am

    I love being able to shop from the comfort of my own home…and in my pjs! I don’t have to worry about traffic or rude people. Win win for me!

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    March 13, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I sure hope that all the physical stores don’t go away. Even though I’m not doing ANYTHING to help because I barely shop in physical stores anymore.

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    March 13, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Shopping online is highly popular. I think it is a big shift that is happening that will make life more conveinent for consumers.

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    Amanda Love
    March 15, 2017 at 2:29 am

    I got pretty addicted to online shopping when I first started working at home. It’s really convenient especially if you’re a mom and you can’t go out often. I think it’s awesome that we can buy the things that we need without having to leave the house.

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    March 24, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Oh changes are already in the works in many places! In the UK many huge chains (originally brick-and-mortar) have started to go online-only; especially if their target market is young people! It’s a new day in commerce!

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    L.C. @ A Life of Authenticity
    March 24, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Technologies bring positives and negatives does it not!! I love love love being able to shop online but you are so right, one could become a recluse if they really wanted to. I mean, I could order my groceries online and have it delivered to me…why leave the house?!?!? To engage with other people… LOL, Great post.

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    Jordan Colby
    March 25, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I’ve always preferred online shopping. Espiscally for shoes since I wear a size 13.

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    March 27, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Online shopping tends to be more affordable in terms of deals! I prefer online mainly because I am not a person that like to go shopping daily or even weekly

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    March 27, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    I’m not happy with this online for everything way of life that we are heading too especially for clothes. I need to try on and feel items. Guess I need to get with the program though :/

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