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6 Reasons Why You Should Shop Online

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More and more Brits are ditching the high-street for online shopping, and it's easy to see why with our online shopping top tips...

With every passing year, online shopping is becoming the preferred way to shop. In fact, according to Eurostat, 68% of internet users in the EU shopped online in 2017.

It probably comes as no surprise that those aged 25-34 are the most active online shoppers (77% of internet users). However, interestingly, the proportion of online shoppers varies a lot across the EU, ranging from 23% of internet users in Romania to 86% in the United Kingdom.

Having a young family, there are many reasons why it makes sense to shop online if you aren´t already. Here are six:

1. Convenience

As a young family with a baby, we understand the most important thing is spending time with your newborn. Raising a child is no easy task and finding time to look after your family and stay on top of everything, from grocery shopping to clothes shopping, is near impossible. That´s where the convenience of online shopping comes in.

The ability of shopping anytime and anywhere without having to leave home is one of the biggest advantages of online shopping. Online stores make the trip to the shopping centre or supermarket less and less attractive.

2. Time is Precious

Time is precious, and there is no better use of your time than time spent with your baby. As a parent, there are not enough hours in the day to do everything let alone nurture and raise your child.

By shopping online, you can conserve your energy to do other things that require your time and energy which can´t be done online. 

3. Find Everything You Need

Anything you can possibly need, you can find on the internet. Online stores generally have a wider range of goods than their physical store counterparts.

With few exceptions, when shopping online, you´re not restricted by low stock, finding the right colour, or right size. It can be frustrating to go through all the effort of going the shopping mall only to discover they don´t have the right size or colour you need.

When shopping online, you can also find unusual, rare products, which can´t be found in traditional retail stores.

4. Save Big

In addition to convenience, lower prices is also a big drawcard for shopping online. Since online stores are not paying for physical retail space, they can afford to sell goods at a much cheaper price.

Many online retailers also offer free shipping when you spend over a certain amount, which makes the purchase even cheaper. However, even if you are still required to pay shipping, you are still more than likely going to finish on top in terms of price.

5. Safe and Secure

While online fraud and cyber attacks can happen at any time, the security used by online stores and e-commerce platforms is becoming more and more effective in protecting the security of our transactions. 

By following a few basic rules such as purchasing only from trusted retailers, using buyer protection for your purchases, and not using a public computer when making purchases, you can feel comfortable, safe, and secure purchasing online. This article published on CNET has some good pointers to put your mind at ease.

6. Special Offers

As if the low prices weren´t enough reason, by subscribing to your preferred online retailers´ newsletters, you will likely receive special offers for sales, discounts, and even free shipping, all making your online shopping even more attractive.

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