Implicationsof Online Shopping
Nowadays,Internet means a lot more than sending emails and social medianetworks. In this paper, I will explain and discuss how onlineshopping is changing the modern society. Online shopping is becominga new lifestyle, it is cheaper, faster, and it provides customer withmore choices. However, there are many disadvantages of being highlyvisible online and it might have a huge implication in the future. Myfootprint is established when I started online shopping since 2008, Ireally liked it because there are many advantages. In 2010, I startedbecoming a seller on eBay, and started earning money online. However,I thought out that there are many disadvantages of being highlyvisible online. When people are shopping online, they might thinkthey are safe, (no one knows who they are). However, shopping onlinecan cause large amount of information leak, if there is securityvulnerabilities it means that certain group of people can haveapproach off your personal information. This paper shows how Iestablish my footprint, and my personal view of what is “highvisible online” means and how it might change the future.
Internethas many pros in our modern life compared to ancient life where therewas no digitalization. Among the advantages of Internet is being ableto shop online without necessarily having to spend much time. What isonline shopping? How advantageous is it over traditional or physicalshopping? What are its side effects to the future life and evenonline life? These are just a few questions that one has to put inplace before choosing digital life over the so called ancient oranalog life. Since I have done a bit of online shopping, I willdefine, the best way I know how, what online shopping is. Onlineshopping is the exchange of goods and, or services on the Internet.It is more or less like E-commerce just that E-commerce is a bitmuch wider than online shopping. It is the act of buying goods orservices over the Internet. Online shopping has grown in popularityin the last decade or two. This is purposely because people find itconvenient and easy to bargain and shop from the comfort of theirhome and offices. One of the major enticing implication about onlineshopping, especially during a vacation and holiday season, is it doesway with the need to wait in long queues or search from shop to shopfor a certain item or service. These are just a few disadvantages ofonline shopping. I am not an exception when it comes to these pros.The sole reason why I started online shopping was to make sure that Idon`t stand in the long lines just to wait for an item. I eventuallystarted selling items on eBay and I began earning money online.
Anotheradvantage of online shopping, as compared to the traditional orphysical shopping is the price as well as variety of items that Ihave to choose from on the Internet. This is so enticing since theprices are so competitive plus there is a wide range of products andservices that I can choose from without having to leave my office orhome couch. The main reason why online shopping is cheaper ascompared to physical shopping is electronic retailers incurs or hasfewer expenses than traditional stores and shops. As a buyer, I don’tneed to spend any money inform of transport to go from store tostore, or town to town to look for what I want. I just do it from myliving room! This saves a lot of money! Internet is not just a hugemega shop or store. It is also, and this is less often discussed, agreat tool for linking supply and demand, otherwise known as amarket place. Just the other day, I used to struggle to buy and sellmy old items, but currently, with Internet, through eBay, oralternatively other market places, I can buy as well as sell goodsand services with much ease. This international vast optimizedconnection between demand and supply has in a great way leaded tocontraction of the modern products market.
Onlineshopping has as well enabled me to sell items that I no longer need.For instance, trough eBay, I sold a book that I had bought and wasthrough using it. This is creating second-hand market. This helpedthe buyer to spend less than he would have bought a new book, andthus making it another advantage of online shopping. This has a greatdisadvantage on physical seller since he has to sell brand newproducts at a higher price as compared to the prices offered via theonline. According to Toffler (1980), traditional stores and shopsseems to be becoming obsolete since their time is out. They arediminishing one after the other. This means that there is no futurefor physical stores and shops (Sundar, 2014).
However,as noted by Kaplan & Haenlein (2010), leakage of information is avery big disadvantage of online shopping. I have been a victim ofthis cruel vice. Someone hacked my account and I become a victim offraud. I lost a lot of money since my credit cards were hacked. Myinformation was also taken and someone began their own blogs using myinformation.
Assumingthat these hypotheses are confirmed, in addition to financial andsocial impacts resulting from the disappearance of a number of storesand shops of our environment, we will see a helpful navigation in ourbig and small towns and markets. Will going shopping disappear aswell as window shopping? What about the role of social link played bystores in a society where everybody is linked via social media butnobody knows even the other person next door? There is a high chancethat physical or traditional stores and shops will disappear in thenear or long term future due to online shopping (Schau & Gilly,2003).
Fromthe economical point of view, most companies and businesses will haveto lay off their staff due to lack of customers (Kaplan &Haenlein, 2009a). The demand will be lower than the supply thecompanies will not have any need for workers. This is due todecreased demand of new items as people will be buying thesecond-hand hand products through online shopping (Kaplan &Haenlein, 2009b). The growth of our industrial world is stronglylinked to an intense production of new products. What will be theeconomic and social effects related to the globalization of thesecond-hand market? How many employees will organizations lay off soas to adjust their production capacities to the lowering demand ofnew items? The economy will be lame in a way since lack of employmentmeans people have no means to support their livelihood.
Onlineshopping has its own advantages as well as disadvantages. But fromthe above discussion, I have seen that the advantages outweigh thedisadvantages. From the look of things, it seems like all physicalstores and shops will have no future since most people seem to likeshopping online, myself included. No one wants to be left behind inthis world of digitalization.
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