Online shopping = money + internet
- credit card
- immediate debit from your bank account
- intermediate parties eg. Paypal
Once the transaction is done, you'll check-out: you should receive a notification as well as the purchased item. Sounds simple? But...
What can go wrong?
Online shopping involves revealing private information as well as access to your monetary funds. If you're not careful, you may expose your finances to hackers and there's a lot to lose! You need to take better precaution to ensure your information is hack-proof: use a complicated password and never, EVER reveal your bank account/personal information to anyone!
Similarly for buying online deals, spend some time to read up reviews on the deals provided. I've experienced a terribly organized buffet dinner with a limited spread when the deal supposedly promised a wide variety of dishes to feast on! So you can imagine how hungry a group of 16 adults can be when we've to wait 30 min for the food to arrive because the organizers didn't EXPECT such a huge turnout.
- remember the difference between need and want
- make a conscientious effort to review and survey to ensure you get a good bargain
I'd say online shopping is in: previously it may be difficult for me to buy that particular songbook but now I can have it delivered at my doorstep with little difficulty and at an affordable price. I'd say it definitely opens many doors and increases the variety of goods/services you can afford. I'm now more inclined to try different experiences offered at a discounted price; in Sept I'll be going on a 4WD adventure that includes hiking and river crossing. Online shopping can trim away a lot of the hassle that goes with offline shopping but it has its fair share of hazards so always be a wary shopper online and offline :)