Is eCommerce the Future of Buying?

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As time goes on, more and more of us become more open to buying online. Even people who were very resistant to it are now jumping in and giving it a go.

But will there ever come a day when eCommerce becomes the main way that we all make our purchases?

Despite the fact that internet shopping has become more popular as time has gone by, it's a long jump from that to it becoming the main way to shop. Some would argue that the future of buying is here already, since so many of us do use the internet for buying whatever it is we need.

But even though internet marketing is attracting our attention like never before, is it really in a position to take the top spot against more traditional shopping?

When it comes down to it there are certain things that we would simply go out and buy, rather than getting them online. The one factor which does become a problem in many cases is postage. Depending on the item we don't always like to pay postage when we buy online. But having said that there are companies which don't impose a postage charge - and they must experience a higher volume of orders as a result.

So how else can the high streets compete when they go up against the internet? After all, we know already that price can be an area in which the internet often wins, thanks to the lower overheads. Where can the high streets step ahead of online shopping?

One clear area is that of speed. However fast the ordering process is online, the fastest you can expect to take delivery of an order would be overnight. If you are in a real hurry for something then you can go to your local shops to buy it. That can take less than an hour depending on where those shops are.

You can see the problem. Perhaps we should be asking ourselves whether eCommerce can be an equal with high street shopping, rather than taking over from it entirely. We can certainly expect to see the landscape of our high streets changing in the future. The recession could affect that situation as well. It could be that smaller shops survive, while larger ones run into more trouble.

In the end we really have to wait and see whether the continued online website promotion tactics work in pulling in a higher percentage of customers. eCommerce undoubtedly has a much better future ahead of it, but whether it is capable of becoming the main source through which we buy things remains to be seen. It has plus points to recommend it, but then so do bricks and mortar businesses. So in order to offer the best array of buying choices and options, we can expect both types of business to remain and develop long into the future.

The question is, will they ever be complete equals - or will one always have the upper hand?

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This article was published on 2010/04/02