A widely-increasing trend that is occurring in the global market these days is the use of online shopping while the traditional way of buying stuff that happens in physical stores seems to become replaced by the former. While some think that this is good, in this essay, I would argue that it is the opposite and give reasons as to why it is so.
One of the benefits, perhaps a major one, of visiting a standing shop, is customer satisfaction. Purchasing items such as clothes, appliances, and instruments, to mention a few, would require fitting and testing inside the shops to examine their quality. If this conscious phase of shopping is side-stepped, it would result to unnecessary frustration and issues in satisfaction. Another advantage of keeping physical stores opened, and one that positively impact the economy, is the generation of jobs. A large percentage of workforce in the past and even more so in our modern times may be found in the goods and supplies market, which contributes significantly to the gross income. For instance, the booming economy of a country like the Philippines, owe its advancement to the presence of small and large-scale retail shops set up nationwide.
An obvious disadvantage to buying in a shopping store, which could be one of the leading cause why many customers prefer buying online, is the issue of convenience. Buying over the internet does not require queuing and the purchased product can be delivered right at at the door in no time. This, along with not experiencing traffic for a shopping trip, nudge people to just relax and wait in the comfort of their homes. However, I would argue that with the current improvements in the paying system of the shops today, customers can enjoy the same level of convenience that online shops offer.
In conclusion, although there is a presenting benefit for choosing online shops over physical ones, I tend to argue that the latter brings positive effect both to individuals and to the society´s economic growth.