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Shopping in person is an experience that you will not receive when shopping online

Ava Liuzzo, Staff Reporter

The sound of music floating through a somewhat organized slightly looked-through Aerie store will forever be better than being overwhelmed by the thousands of clothing options mixed with the uncertainty of shopping online. Though shopping online is preferred by the majority of people, shopping in person allows you to enjoy shopping and appreciate it for what it is. 

Imagine waking up, grabbing your keys, and driving to your favorite coffee shop. With a warm coffee in your hand, you head to your favorite shopping center, excited to see what a day of blissful shopping brings.  

Young girl drinking coffee inside a car in the fall season (Getty Images/iStockphoto).

There are so many positive reasons for shopping in person, one of them being the instant gratification you receive just after you purchase the perfect pair of shoes. On top of this, you can walk away from the store knowing that you have supported a local business as opposed to a large corporation. 

When you online shop, are you able to know exactly what you’re going to receive when you press order? Is the uncertainty of online shopping worth the wait of shipping when you could just drive a few minutes down the road and purchase exactly what you want right away? Why should you wait to get something that you may not like instead of getting something that you love immediately? 

Aside from the thousands of positive reasons for in-person shopping, many reasons are supporting the idea that online shopping is worse. Shopping online opens your eyes to millions of other products that are not necessary for you to buy, which causes you to spend more money. Additionally, online shopping could lead you to virus-filled websites, as well as possible fraudulent online stores. One of the most pivotal reasons to not online shop is to protect the environment. When you purchase an item from an online store, you then receive it in layers of unnecessarily wasteful packaging. This could have been avoided had you purchased directly from the store. 

Shopping online is a great place to purchase specific products that may be difficult to find in-store, but as for the majority of items, shopping in person is ideal.