Brick and mortar versus online shopping. Some of the benefits and key takeaways are obvious, but here are a few things about each we may not be taking into account.
Look for stores going out of business. In-store (1), Online (0).
There are always stores going out of business in your area, especially if you're in a large city. Not only that, but they usually have large clearances that take place to get rid of as much inventory as possible. To name a few:
Gymboree Group filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January of 2019 and had plans to close around 800 stores under Gymboree and Crazy 8 names. It had sales from 30% to 50% off.
Payless Shoes also filed bankruptcy in February and planned to close all of its 2,500 stores making it the largest retail liquidation in history.
Charlotte Russe closed more than 94 stores in February after filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and in March announced that it would liquidate the rest of its 416 Charlotte Russe stores and 10 Peo Kids stores.
Shopko closed 251 stores
Sears, 70 closures
Destination Maternity: 67 stores
Kmart, 50 stores
Christopher & Banks, 40 stores
You’re purchasing something you don’t know will fit. In-store (2), online (0).
More and more online stores have free return policies, but its no secret that if you make a purchase at a brick and mortar store, you can also usually try the item on before purchasing it.
More deals are available online and its easier to search for them. In-store (2), online (1).
That's one of the greatest perks of online shopping. You now have access to so many great discounts and you're not limited to shopping just in your city or county. You can even buy start from the manufacture a lot of times, which brings me to my next point.
Find more ways to buy straight from the manufacturer. In-store (2), online (2)
If you are looking to saving and don’t really care for name brands, you can always look to purchase from the manufacturer using cites like AliExpress, wish.com, and other really awesome supply websites.
Free shipping. In-store (2), online (3)
While free shipping is a possibility with brick and mortar, there are so many free shipping offers nowadays online. For example, Amazon has Prime, 2-day shipping that a lot of other websites, brands, and companies cannot compete with.
Pricing matching is easier. In-store (2), online (4)
In 2019, you can literally sit home and match the prices of some of the top brands in the world. Think about that.
The Experience. Draw
This was a hard one. When it comes to experience, its quite amazing what online shopping platforms have been able to do in the past few years as far as the experience goes. Some even prefer shopping online as therapy vs in-store shopping. Its more clean, more convenient, and just easy.
Easier to find exactly what you are looking for. In-store (2), online (5)
That's right. All you have to do is type what you are looking for into Google and your search will pull up an almost exact match. Though you can search online for stores that have what you are looking for, its easier and quicker to get right to the exact product without looking online for a store, and doing more searching for what you are looking for once you get in the store.