Inflation, price hikes, lack of time and fuel shortages might have confined people to their homes but all this failed to impede the shopaholics from suppressing their utmost desire for shopping as the online shopping trend has become increasing popular in recent times. Inflation stricken public can now save a lot of time and money by purchasing things online. With the advent of technology and internet we are exposed to wide range of things which are easily accessible to us as the whole world is just a click away. The shopping aficionado find online shopping more convenient, reliable, hassle free and cheaper comparatively as it gives them a wide range of expediency and options to choose from.

One of the biggest perk of shopping online is that you can easily escape the burden of paying tax for the purchased item. While you have to pay taxes for every article you buy at store, online shopping on the other hand is free from this hassle which saves considerable amount of money overall. So when you purchase an item online you don’t have to worry about the extra money which silently disappears from your pocket while purchasing. Online shopping offers numerous advantages for the customers and gives them a wide range of options to choose from. Online shopping is a hassle free practice that provides convenience for the purchaser. Online retailers accept orders twenty four hours a day while consumers who wish to shop at traditional stores have to be available to visit the store during normal business hours. This can be a major inconvenience especially for shoppers who work long hours or those who work at odd hours. Online shopping eliminates this concern because customers can simply access online stores from their computer whenever they have free time available. Another convenience of online shopping is the ability to order products from around the world. Shoppers are no longer limited to products offered by local retailers because the vast majority of online retailers offer shipping to many different locations. This can make it easy for online shoppers to acquire hard to find items or items which are a regional specialty of a particular area.

Similarly if we buy airlines tickets online, they are less costly and comparatively cheaper. As a result it provides a good discount to the online clientele.  Another great benefit of online shopping is the ability to comparison shop with ease. Instead of running around to several different traditional stores and trying to remember or write down details such as prices and features, the bargain hunter can simply open two or more websites and easily compare more than one item. Moreover, there are several websites and online retailers which make comparison shopping trouble-free. These websites may even provide charts which compare features for similar products to enable the online buyer to make an accurate comparison of two or more items before making a purchase. Similarly there are many discount deals available online which you might not get on any retail store. The sales for different brands online provide wide range of options to choose from unlike shopping at a store.

Online shopping also facilitates the consumers by giving them options to compare the product which is not available within their location. This is important because some items may only be available in certain parts of the country. This can make comparing items difficult for traditional shoppers. However, online shoppers are easily able to make these comparisons and learn more about similar products which helps them to make the right choice.

One of the distinct advantages of online shopping is the shipping methods which are available. Nowadays everyone has access to internet and that is how they can easily pick anything online and get it delivered at their doorstep. Many brands do not even include shipping charges and deliver your selected item at your desired location, free of cost. For those who do not have access to credit or debit cards a new system of cash on delivery has been recently introduced which helps you pay for the purchased item at your very own door step. This saves time, fuel and money.  These options are especially beneficial to online shoppers who are guilty of often waiting until the last minute to purchase items as gifts or items that are necessary for other reasons. For these online shoppers express shipping is one of the most beneficial features. Although the buyer will pay significantly more for express shipping options the purchaser will have the advantage of being able to purchase an item the day before it is necessary and have the item delivered directly to the preferred place. Moreover the shipping companies also offer the inclusion of gift receipts as well as gift wrapping options. This is especially important for online shoppers who are interested in sending gifts to friends and family members. This can save the customers a great deal of time because they can have the gift shipped directly to the friend or family member as opposed to having the gift shipped to themselves first and then having to wrap the gift and re-ship it to the recipient. The ability to send gift receipts are also important because it enables the recipient of the gift to return or exchange the item but does not divulge the price paid for the gift.

Recently different brands in Pakistan have also started online shopping which helps you place an order online and pay for it via credit card or use the cash on delivery method. The famous brand Kayseria started this and their new collection sold like hot cakes on internet. Thus online shopping has become an increasing popular and much liked trend which has gained a lot of momentum in by now. If it continues to facilitate people like this it might take over the retail stores and become the new buzz of the business.