The Internet has forever changed people’s lives and society as a whole. One of the greatest conveniences it has brought is, of course, the entrance of every electronic storefront right into our homes. Boot up the computer, log online, surf and search for a few moments, and you have in front of of you clothing, books, movies, music, watches, cell phones, TV sets, shoes, bags, jewelry and gadgets galore. And that list barely touches the surface of all that’s available to us on the Internet.
You want a gizmo that was invented in 1890, first mass-produced in the 1920s and has long been the final item in what would become a world-class gizmo collection? No problem—use your favorite search engine, and within a few clicks, it will be on its way right to your doorstep.
You got a quick glimpse of an evening dress that will finally put “the little black dress” in second place in your wardrobe? No problem there either. You can look for the best price, the best shipping rate, and the best discount rate from multiple retailers.
Don’t know quite what style of bag or shoe you want but know you need another pair? Find basic styles, colorus and brands then find different retailers and literally window shop right from the comfort of your living room couch. You don’t even need to always pay for high shipping rates either, for a local retailer might have it: Order the shoe directly from them and pick it up from the store the next day on your way home from work.
You can even order food on the Internet. If you are disabled, you might even find a local delivery service that can shop for items on your list and deliver them to you, and you have food for the next week or two and never leave your house. As you run low on items, log back into your account, add the item to your list, and never worry if you forgot to write something down—it’s right there for you to review before you place your order.
And speaking of ordering, that dress you ordered is already on its way to you. You’ll arrive at the corporate cocktail party on Friday, knowing that you look fantastic, and every woman there is turning green while seeing red as their significant others stop and stare.
Why do we shop online? That is so easy to answer: We find the latest fashions, research clothing, shoes and even interior fashion trends, find the hardest-to-find items, comparison shop, and shop all around the world, and not once do we have to deal with weekend crowds, construction zones, accident back-ups, rush hour traffic, inclement weather, rude shoppers or harried salespeople, wailing children or just missing the last item on the shelf because a mess in the aisle slowed our approach.
A better question might be: “How did we ever survive NOT shopping online?”