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Online Shopping Trends: The Positives and the Negatives

Technology has changed lives. Chitrangada likes the old ways of communication, but also loves to explore the many advantages of technology.

Online Shopping—The Popular Trend in Shopping

Online Shopping—The Popular Trend in Shopping

Online shopping is in

Online shopping is in

The Latest Trend of Online Shopping

Online shopping has been going on since long. But during the pandemic, it has proved to be a boon. When we have been advised to avoid crowded places, especially the markets, maintain social distancing, online shopping has been beneficial.

  • Even earlier, during the festival season, especially the Diwali festival, When I wanted to send sweets and dry fruits to my relatives in the US, it took me few minutes on the Internet, to do so. There were many attractive gifts, along with sweets, from reputed sweets shop.
  • When my daughter had to send 'Rakhi' to her brothers, on the occasion of 'Rakshabandhan', it was so convenient, to send the same. Just browse, select and choose, pay and that's it!
  • Whether it is books, trendy fashionable clothes, fashion jewelry, kitchen essentials, bags, shoes, sarees, Indian and Western dresses for Women, Woollen clothes, groceries, fresh vegetables and fruits or anything--you name it, and it is available on the Internet.
  • In the normal circumstances too, If both the husband and the wife have busy office schedules, online shopping is a blessing for them. It has become popular, even to order readymade meals, if you are too tired to cook, or not in a mood to cook, or just for fun and some change, to order food online.
  • Whether shopping for special occasions, or for your daily requirements---the tech. savvy people can do it all from the comforts of their home.
  • Not only, is it convenient, but they are affordable, and come with attractive discount offers.
Surprise your loved ones by sending online gifts

Surprise your loved ones by sending online gifts

Amazon and eBay are the most popular Online shopping websites around the world.

The other popular online shopping websites in India are as follows:








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** Happiness is —Receiving, what you ordered online.

** Stay home and shop online. You are too pretty, to look for a parking spot.

** It’s a ‘Add to kart’, kind of day.

The Positives—Why should you opt for Online Shopping?

The meaning of shopping has changed altogether, over the years. Today the smart shoppers, prefer to shop, sitting at home.

Whether it is clothes, electronic gadgets, jewelry, furniture, kitchen utensils, toys and so many items, can all be bought, sitting in the comforts of their home or office or even when you are traveling.

The latest Shopping trends in India, has undergone a major change. This could not be without any reason.

Advantages of Online Shopping:

  • Online shopping is so convenient and gives the shoppers, a variety of choice, not only from your own country, but from around the world.
  • Online shopping saves your time and energy.
  • You can avoid driving on busy roads in peak hours, parking and parking fee, save fuel and save money.
  • Going to a crowded market, or Shopping Mall, can sometimes be very tiring. Moreover, good deals are not available round the year. But Online shopping, gives you impressive discounts, and offers various money saving schemes.
  • Smaller towns and cities, where latest fashion trends may not be available, can also buy their favourite items, by means of Online shopping.
  • Many Online shopping websites provide heavy discounts, customer friendly schemes, option of flexible delivery date and time, insurance of the items and if required, hassle free returns. You can always track your order.
  • You can compare price of products, available on different websites. This enables you, to avail the best discounts and best products.
  • You can browse through the customer feedback section, which most of the websites provide at the bottom of the product display. This information, helps you to decide correctly, according to your requirements.
  • Many Online shopping websites announce, special discounts on social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, during festival season or wedding season. This information is useful, if you are planning to buy something.
  • If you are a regular buyer, you may be offered discount coupons codes, for your future shopping.
Online shopping trends

Online shopping trends

The Negatives: What are the drawbacks of Online Shopping?

Like anything else, Online shopping also has it‘s limitations.

  • One major drawback is that you can't physically see or hold or test the product before buying it. Although you are able to read the description of the product, which is mentioned in detail, along with the display picture of the product.
  • There may be some difference, in sizes and quality.displayed. In that case, it is very important, to go through the return policy in detail, as provided by the website.
  • Many people, are not comfortable in sharing their credit card, or debit card, details for making Online payments. There is a provision of making payments, once you have received your selected item. This option is called COD or cash on delivery.
  • Try not to do, Online Shopping at public places, such as the cyber cafe.
  • Make sure, that your computer does not auto save your card or bank details.
  • Save a copy of your order no. till the delivery of your product. You do get email confirmation, once you buy something Online.
Smart shopping from the comfort of your homes

Smart shopping from the comfort of your homes

Acrostic poem on ‘Shopping’

Shopping is enjoyable for some,

Hopping on and hopping off,

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Online shopping, I prefer,

Pandemic made it more popular,

Prices, discounts, options, convenience,

Increased the sales,

Need based or otherwise,

Great to go for shopping.

To Conclude:

Our life today revolves around technology. While there may be some negatives of technology, but the fact can not be denied, that technology has simplified our lives.

  • Some two to three decades back, who could have thought that we can buy anything and everything, without even going out.
  • Who could have thought that we can send gifts to our dear ones, living miles away, just by clicking a button.
  • There are many people out there, who have some issues in going out frequently. There may be some health issues. Online shopping is advantageous for them.
  • But we should be careful and aware of 'Fraud' websites. Ensure the credibility of the site, before making any purchases.
  • Pay attention to the urls---look for the https at the beginning of the web address on the page you are about to transact. Addresses beginning with http, without the 's' are not safe and credible sites.
  • Your bank details or password may not be secure in such fraudulent sites.
  • Life is a bit easier with the latest trend of online shopping, and there is no looking back for such smart shoppers.

Just be aware and careful and enjoy the shopping.

Further Suggested Readings:

1. Online shopping—Do’s and Don’ts

2. Be careful, while shopping online

3. Stay safe, when shopping online

How to use debit card, in online shopping? Source: YouTube

Tips for safe Online Shopping, source: You tube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Chitrangada Sharan

Do you like Online shopping? Please share your views in the Comments section.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 02, 2016:

Thanks Vijayjangid, for your kind visit and appreciation of the article!

I am glad to learn that you liked the hub.

The younger generation loves to do their shopping online and that includes my children. They like to explore different sites and keep on encouraging me to do the same. I agree with them that it is much more convenient way of shopping.

Thank you so much for your comments!

Vijay jangid from India on June 01, 2016:

you are right chritrangda, jewellery shopping is the nice step.

And i have to say that this article is interesting to read. It has pleasant flow of writing.

online shopping is the best way to buy and sell. i have been purchased a gold plated ring for my ex-gf at This online jewellery store has easy option to buy and offer fast delivery service.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 13, 2016:

Thank you Prasad ji, for reading and commenting on this hub!

You are right Online shopping has made life easier. Especially it is the favourite way of shopping for the young generation .

Thank you for your kind visit and comment!

Prasad on May 12, 2016:

I really enjoyed reading about online shopping. It has made our life very easy. now school accessories are also online. Recently i bought my younger brother's school uniform in India from


Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 04, 2014:

Thank you RonElFran, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

I quite agree with you that Online shopping has become so popular due to the reasons you mentioned above.


Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on September 02, 2014:

Online has become my shopping venue of choice. It's literally been years since I visited a mall. The convenience of having purchases delivered directly to my door, plus knowing I can return them at no cost if need be, has made me a loyal online shopper.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 29, 2014:

Thank you Journey *, for your kind visit and appreciation!

I am glad you found this useful.

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on August 28, 2014:

I always look for a coupon code from retail me not and generally have really good experiences when

shopping online. You make lots of good points and give sound advice about the cautions to take when shopping online. Voted useful.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 28, 2014:

Thank you Sunilji, for your kind visit and comments!

I agree that merits of Online shopping outnumber the demerits. My children also buy electronic items through Online shopping, since there are attractive discounts and a hassle free delivery at the doorstep.

Thanks for your appreciation and support!

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on August 27, 2014:

I do agree that online shopping is a wonderful experience. Most of my purchase are from flipkart for books. I also bought two digital camera and even the laptop I am currently using. It has a lot of advantages like some savings, quick delivery and a lot more. On merits and demerits of online shopping I will say that merits outnumber demerits. You have written so well. The topic of your selection is fine and interesting. Thanks for this post.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 27, 2014:

Thanks DealForLiving, for your kind visit and comments!

I like Online Shopping for exactly the same reason that you have mentioned. I find it very convenient to send gifts to my relatives living abroad, which is so difficult and lengthy process otherwise.


Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 27, 2014:

Thank you Audrey, for reading and commenting!

Appreciate your positive thoughts, votes and share. Glad you liked the hub.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 27, 2014:

Thanks Michelle, for stopping by and I agree it is a rage nowadays. Thanks for your support!

Nick Deal from Earth on August 27, 2014:

Online shopping has really changed the way I gift shop for others. Especially when I've put things off and need to send something last minute, I can usually get expedited shipping and make sure my gift gets there on time.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on August 26, 2014:

I do most of my shopping on-line. I like the convenience and some stores offer free shipping.

I enjoyed reading your hub about on-line shopping. Thanks so much. Voted up and will share. Happy thoughts to you. ~ Audrey

Michelle Liew from Singapore on August 26, 2014:

It's all the rage these days, Chitra!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 19, 2014:

Thank you aviannovice, for your visit and comments!

Online shopping is quite convenient for those, who are busy and do not have time to go for shopping.


Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on August 18, 2014:

I buy many things on line, as I don't have a car(A camera takes the place of that!) Books, kitchen things, and even lately, gluten free groceries are on my list. It works out well for me, as long as I am home for the delivery and not working.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 13, 2014:

Thank you janshares, for your kind visit and comments!

I am also old fashioned and although I browse a lot to see what is selling, usually end up not buying Online but going for the traditional way of shopping.

But many people are buying Online and they are very much satisfied. I do believe that you get very good deals in Electronic items purchases, much lower in price and good in quality compared to shopping malls.

Many Retail outlets have started their websites too for e-shopping, may be after seeing the rise in Online shopping.

Thank you so much for appreciating and voting up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 13, 2014:

Hi Suzanne!

Thanks for reading and commenting on this hub! My children do lot of Online shopping. They have purchased Watches, T shirts, Mobile phones, and even T.V. and it was quite satisfactory experience as well. However, I am a bit apprehensive like many others. But I have observed that for Books or Novels, Electronic items, it is very good and one can get good quality products, with lot of options and impressive discounts. But for clothes I have not tried so far. For sending smaller gifts, cakes, sweets, flower bouquets etc. to my relatives living far away in different countries, I have found this wonderful and very convenient.

Thanks for voting up!

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on August 12, 2014:

I've only purchased a few things online and prefer shopping at the store. I buy more online now than ever, like computer gear, books, and cosmetics. But clothing, jewelry, and shoes, I must touch, feel, and fit. I'm an old school girl when it comes to shopping but your hub was infofmative. For example, I didn't know that "https" means the site is more credible and safe. Thank you Chitrangada. Voted up and useful.

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on August 12, 2014:

I really enjoyed reading about online shopping and thanks for the list of top Indian sites, will go have a look! I sometimes find that the item can be photographed in such a way as to hide its flaws until you get it (usually when it comes to plasticware) but most online shopping purchases have worked out well for me, with a couple of them being significantly better quality than walking around a standard shopping mall. Voted useful and up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 12, 2014:

Same here! I also do a little bit of shopping Online, but more comfortable with traditional ways of shopping.

Thanks AudreyHowitt, for stopping by, commenting and sharing the hub!

Audrey Howitt from California on August 11, 2014:

Great hub! I do some online shopping, although I really like to feel things with my hands before buying!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 11, 2014:

Thank you Imogen French, for stopping by and sharing your views!

You are right, there are certain limitations and drawbacks as mentioned by you and I pointed it out in the hub. One should be careful while accessing sites for their credibility and go only for reputed sites.

I also prefer buying some items Online. Certain things must be physically seen and analyzed before buying.

Thanks for your valuable opinion!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 11, 2014:

Thanks Jasdeep Singhji, for your kind visit and comments!

I agree some of the shopping sites are becoming popular day by day, for their attractive offers and quick and efficient services. And they certainly have changed the shopping behavior of many people.

Glad you liked the hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 11, 2014:

Thanks teaches12345, for your kind visit and support!

You are right--the convenience of getting things delivered at home is great, when you do not not have time and energy to go out. Most of the times even I visit the Malls for window shopping.

Glad you liked this hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 11, 2014:

Thanks Ericdierker, for your kind visit and support!

And I agree, they are great tools of modern people. Thanks!

Imogen French from Southwest England on August 10, 2014:

I do a bit of both. I tried internet shopping from the supermarket, but found it took too long to make my order and also you don't get to see which things look nice or are on offer, so have gone back to traditional food shopping.

Clothes and shoes are better tried on too - I always end up sending clothes back that I have bought on the internet because they don't fit properly.

I do find it good for finding specialised gifts, books and music, and household items though.

Laddi Singh from (Punjab) India on August 09, 2014:

It has made our life somewhat easy and Flipcart, Amazon online shopping companies is proving a big danger to various Retail outlets , this is a latest news. By the way very interesting Hub.

Dianna Mendez on August 09, 2014:

I do like window shopping at the mall but I prefer to shop online for the convenience it provides me when I need something fast. Great post and so helpful!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 09, 2014:

It is a great tool for modern man and woman. Certain things you can only get online. Great hub.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 09, 2014:

Thank you Devika, for stopping by and sharing your opinion!

I agree, Online shopping is not for everyone. Thanks!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 09, 2014:

Thank you Nadine May, for your kind visit and comments!

I agree, not everything can be shopped Online. Even I use it very rarely. But it is getting popular day by day.

The simple process of sending gifts to friends and family living far away, is something I like about Online shopping. Otherwise even I shop in the traditional way. Thanks for sharing your views!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 09, 2014:

Thanks billybuc, for stopping by!

Even I do it a little bit. I find it more comfortable, when sending gifts to relatives and friends living far away.

Thanks for your support!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 09, 2014:

Thank you RachaelOhalloran, for your kind visit and comments!

There are some items which can be bought only the traditional way, while for others you have the option of buying Online.

Thanks for appreciating the hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 09, 2014:

Thank you Jodah, for your kind visit and comments!

Yes, on some items you get great discounts. Glad you liked this hub. Thanks!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 09, 2014:

Thank you chakravarthyds, for your kind visit and comments!

I am glad you liked this hub and thanks for sharing the link.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 08, 2014:

I prefer going to a shopping mall. Online shopping is not for everyone.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on August 08, 2014:

Interesting hub. Last week I signed up for ebay in SA but I never buy anything online, except for books or ebooks for my kindle. What was so surprising was that within a week I sold two of my novels at ebay! At least I think I did. Its still all very complicating. ebay I mean. Online shopping is not all that popular in SA. Not yet anyway.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 08, 2014:

I do a bit of it...mainly because I don't like the Malls with all the I can definitely understand the appeal of it.

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on August 08, 2014:

If I could buy everything (milk, fresh meats,produce, etc.) online, I'd do it. I hate going into crowded stores. The only thing is that I then miss great sales, so I sacrifice my comfort to venture to the stores when there is a great sale. Otherwise, I buy online and always make sure I have a promo code for free shipping or % off. Great article, voted up.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on August 08, 2014:

Very good hub Chitrangada. I shop online all the time for everything except groceries. It is so convenient and even paying postage from overseas is cheaper than buying the product here in Australia.

Chakravarthy D S from India on August 08, 2014:

I agree with you. Online shopping gives us impressive discounts.

When buying online we have the choice to compare prices of a product.

usually when i have to buy a book online I visit .

Here, the price of the product is compared with several online stores.

we can get a valuable book at the lowest price.

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