Over the last 20 years that the internet has been around (thanks Al Gore) everyones' purchasing methods have changed. Little did we know the invention of the internet would be such a UBER disruptive moment for so many industries. One of those platonic shifts is in how people purchase products.
In my own life, I've used the internet to primarily purchase only certain products now primarily from online retailers. In my own changing purchasing methods there has been certain products that I've exclusively switched to buying on the internet. Here are my top 9 products I prefer to buy online vs in-store:
I love being able to search for shoes on the internet and compare the lowest prices amongst thousands of online retailers. I usually stick with a standard set of running shoes and dress shoes, so as long as I know the product size & fit will be the same, then I can depend on the order. In addition, if I order from vendors that have 30-90 return policies, then I'm really not out much.
I love stacking up on toilet paper! I love stack up on it even more when it is on sale. Shopping around online gives you the best chance to comparison shop and apply coupons.
I don't ask for a lot from my paper towels, so if I can pick these up at the same price per role without leaving the comforts of my home then that is a win-win for me.
If you can score free shipping online, then purchasing laundry detergent online just might be the way to go!
When we had two boys back to back in 2008 and 2009 I knew I had to work extra hard to get my boys through diapers without depleting my bank account. I use to get boxes that were the size of a bathtubs full of diapers just to save a couple of cents per diaper by buying in bulk.
Comparison shopping is real important to me when I'm searching for electronics. I want to see what how fast the processor, how much RAM, how many GB/TBs, and whether it is a SSD or SATA disk. Then I can compare how much I get with each option. If I walk into a store I can only compare the different specs of the items the store stocks. With online vendors in the electronics category it makes it easier to compare comps and prices amongst a larger selection.
I'm a sucker for wanting to buy the same watch for the last 8 years. As you can probably tell I don't like a lot of change in my life! :) With that being the case, I have a harder and harder time finding my same watch in stores. That is why I prefer to go online every time I need to replace my watch!
Seems odd, but often times I get my bars cheaper online, because I can order a larger quantity.
These are just a few product I prefer to buy online to get a little better deal on. What products do you prefer to buy online? What items are hardest for you to buy online? What things do you look for in purchasing from an online retailer?