Online shopping has its benefits


Online shopping is a way for busy or lazy people to buy cute clothes, home decor, accessories, and more from the comfort of their own couch. Online shopping is not only convenient, but very easy. As long as you have a credit or debit card, you can order anything from any website. However, all websites have their pros and cons such as time it takes to ship, shipping costs, and price of the actual merchandise.

Amazon is one of the most basic online shopping sites. The site has many departments such as books, movies, clothing, music, home, electronics, and Amazon’s own electronics like the Echo and Kindle e-reader. Amazon’s premium program, Amazon Prime, allows members to receive free two day shipping and instant access to Amazon’s collection of movies, music, TV shows, and books. The price for Amazon Prime is $10.99 per month but can also be tested through a free 30 day trial. Without a Prime membership, standard shipping takes an estimated four-five business days for $5.48. If you need your product immediately, you can also choose from one day or two day shipping options. Amazon also offers free shipping for any order over $50. From experience, orders usually come in a day or two before the day expected when you place your order if the item was already in stock and ready to ship. I ordered a skirt from Amazon on a Friday and it arrived the next Wednesday even though it originally said it would not arrive until the next Saturday. If you order the wrong size, style, or type, you are able to print out a return label and ship it directly back to Amazon. Amazon also offers selling or trading programs on its website if the item isn’t what you expected.

Another site that I order from is Forever 21. With the closest store location in Coralville, it is sometimes inconvenient to shop in person. I ordered two shirts, a skirt, dress, and pants from Forever 21, and my total was a little over $50, making my shipping free. Shipping did take a little longer than Amazon, about nine days, but it did arrive on the day that the confirmation email told me it would arrive. Forever 21 also carries more sizes and styles online than in its stores. It also has extra online sales often, making it easier to get more for your money. Forever 21 isn’t the greatest quality clothing, but is still wor