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Online Shopping vs In Store Shopping: Which Do You Prefer?

Mallorie Cohen, Journalist

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The holiday season is notorious for massive long lines to check out, and or to get a dressing room in stores. Why wait in those horrific lines when you could order it online without all the time wasted? Online shopping does have the upper hand in lines, because there is no line at all. You can order all your gifts with the click of a button. Where as in store you could be there for an hour just waiting for a dressing room. Then when you finally figure out what you are purchasing, there comes the struggle of there check out line. Who knows how long that will be.

A disadvantage of online shopping is that you can not feel what you are purchasing. Especially when buying clothes this is a major downside. Many people are drawn to clothes because of how they feel, but when people are not able to touch the material they may not buy it. Junior Simone Oberreiter says, “I love how easy online shopping is to buy something, but the down side of not being able to feel the fabric and try on the clothes is an issue for me. Often I end up having to return what I bought, and than having to go in store to return which ruins the whole online shopping experience. Overall I believe it depends on what you are buying. Online shopping is great for buying makeup, but not clothes.” Oberreiter brought up a valid point about dressing rooms. When purchasing clothes online there is no way to try on the clothes. You must buy them and hope that it fits, so you do not have to return it. Shopping at the mall is nice because you have the opportunity to feel the fabric and try on clothes. The down side is the never ending lines to check out. Online shopping eliminates all the lines, but you run the risk of clothes not fitting. You choose what route to take knowing there are pros and cons to each.

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