There are many advantages of online shopping in Australia. The statistics of the past few years show a steady incline in the online shopping trend. According to figures released by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), more than 78% of Australia’s internet using population opts for online shopping. Although the ratio of Australian male internet users is slightly higher than the female users, there are more women than men going for online shopping. The reason could be the wide range of products offered on sale. From grocery to clothes and from gardening tools to industrial motors, there is everything for everyone here. Following are the reasons for which internet users prefer e-commerce to shopping stores purchasing that has led to a surge in Australian online shopping retail.
Online retailers store a huge amount of products to interest prospective buyers. Shopping malls that have a limited storage room may run out of stock sooner than the demand exhausts and this causes the frustration in buyers that makes them turn towards online shopping. Online sites are retail stores that just have to deliver from their warehouse storage and may even have your desired item at all times of the year.
What can be better than buying your grocery or books or gift items from the comfort of your home? You not only save a lot of effort but also a good amount of money in commuting cost, parking fee and the surcharge that shops have to spend on staff salary and premises fare and that is automatically transferred to you. Another major factor is the convenience of shopping from remote areas. Australia is a huge country and when it comes to the regional areas, for purely logistic reasons people prefer online shopping to up street shopping because it alleviates the need to having to travel long distances for something that can be delivered to their doorstep. May be that is the reason why in Australia most of the e-commerce activity is carried out in the Eastern states capitals.
Majority of the people opting for online shopping are the ones looking for affordable prices. As we mentioned earlier, the online shopping is cost friendly because it saves in a lot of areas other than price you actually pay for a product. But good pricing is not just the marketing gimmick. Prices are low in online shopping sites as the storage, hiring, advertising and shipment costs are low. A major boom in the industry is provided by price comparison sites. These are becoming immensely popular with the online buyers. These are sites that serve as a host to hundreds of stores all over Australia and connect the buyer with the retailer. The buyer gets to see the product detail along with its price. Buyer has the advantage of comparing prices of items of the same specifications without having to leave the comfort of home. They can then choose the store that offers the best price and make the purchase.
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Most retailers on the online shopping scene are big businesses that can afford to deliver the product free of charge. They deliver at the given address and are responsible for breakage or damaging. They offer assistance in installation of appliances also. Buyers can also choose their own mode of payment. They can either pay in cash at the time of delivery or pay through the credit card at the time of purchase.