With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping us from going outside, we’ve solely dedicated all our shopping hours online. But not all are sold on the idea of online shopping. Some people still want to buy goods the traditional way, harping on data security and safety of your financial accounts.
So, should you shop online or brave the pandemic and go to groceries? Here are some pros and cons to help you decide.
Pros: Keeps you safe during pandemic
Shopping online means you don’t have to go outside and interact with people who may be infected. You lessen your risk while still achieving your goal: grocery shopping.
Pros: Gives you more choices
Online shopping allows us to have access to goods that would not have been available to us before because they were only being sold in an area where we cannot go. Now, everything is already in one place. All you have to do is search. There’s so many more choices and we can actually compare prices of the same products.
Gone are the days where you have to look through every store or every aisle just to find what you need. Now, it just takes a few taps and clicks, you’re done. It’s all so easy. No need to go out, spend hours in traffic, and line up for the counter. Shopping has never been this safe, fast, and worry-free.
Cons: Leads to impulse buying
The convenience of it all means that it’s so easy now to also buy the things that we DON’T need—that novelty item that’s cute but we don’t know what for; that pair of shoes to add to the hundreds more you don’t use; that accessory that no one will see coz well, you’re on WFH.
If you don’t curb it early, impulse buys like those can hurt you in the long run and may even lead to unnecessary credit card debt.
Cons: Risk account security
Buying online means exposing your credit card and bank details to potential hacking incidents. Those details, once shared with online platforms, will be stored in their systems and may be vulnerable to cyber attacks and scams.
Cons: No guarantee of what you’ll receive.
We don’t actually see what we are buying. We only see the pictures. So one downside of buying online is running the risk of receiving an item that’s substandard or even damaged. Know that viral term “Expectation vs. Reality”? That may have been spawned by people who thought they were purchasing one item but got a lower quality item instead.
Online shopping is a double-edged sword and has its pros and cons. Ultimately, it’s all up to you which method you are more comfortable doing. What’s important is that we accept the consequences of our choices, whatever they may be.
Gelene Peñalosa is a Content and Engagement Writer Intern from De La Salle University-Manila, with International Studies – European Studies as her degree. She has a penchant for any kind of coffee, drinking at least 2 cups each day, and an interest in international relations, history, and culture. She also has a taste for fashion, beauty, KPop, and makes YouTube videos in her free time.