Modern information technologies have influenced greatly people’s lifestyle and their daily routine. Today we can do shopping not only at markets and stores but also on the Internet. There is a great variety of online shops on the Internet and they sell all kinds of goods: from cars or airplane tickets to books or food. You can buy anything just with a few clicks of the mouse. The first online store appeared in England in 1979. And since then shopping online has become really popular and widely-used. Currently the largest world online corporations are “Amazon” and “eBay”.
It is often faster and cheaper to buy online. For instance, finding and buying books on a website is easier and more convenient than walking around a large bookstore. Moreover, customers save not only their time but money as well: warehouses are normally cheaper than shops, so online companies offer lower prices even when delivery charges are included. Although shipping a small number of items from another country could be sometimes quite expensive.
It goes without saying that not all products can be purchased online as easy as books. People prefer to try on clothes, for example, to feel the quality and choose the right size. So they often go shopping first, choose the product in stores and then place an order for it online, having found some attractive discount.
Online shopping is also an ideal way of buying goods for extremely busy people or for the disabled. Online stores are usually available 24 hours a day. All you need is the Internet access and a valid method of payment: credit cards, electronic money or cash on delivery.
The main disadvantage of online shopping is insecurity. There is always a small risk that your financial and personal information might be exploited by hackers. Other frustrating disadvantages are additional costs for delivery and long waiting time, up to several weeks. Besides, online shopping is a bit risky because you can get goods of bad quality, broken or even wrong items.
As we can see, shopping on the Internet has both advantages and disadvantages. To my mind, it is a very useful and convenient invention. We should just be careful when choosing a website and placing orders.
Современные информационные технологии в большой степени повлияли на образ жизни людей и их ежедневную рутину. Сегодня мы можем совершать покупки не только на рынках и в магазинах, но и в интернете. В сети существует большое разнообразие онлайн-магазинов, которые продают все виды товаров: от автомобилей и билетов на самолет до книг и продуктов. Вы можете приобрести все, что угодно всего лишь при помощи нескольких кликов мышкой. Первый онлйн-магазин появился в 1979 году в Англии, и с тех пор покупки онлайн стали очень популярными и широко используемыми. В настоящее время крупнейшими онлайн корпорациями считаются «Амазон» и «иБэй».