I was being all intelligent by listening to CBC on the radio the other day and one of the radio shows was talking about the recent surge of internet purchasers in Canada.
According to Statistics Canada, the value of orders placed online in Canada was $18.9 billion dollars. Yes, you read that right, BILLION! This value has increased by at least 50% since 2010, the survey was conducted in 2012. 77% of respondents indicated that they did some research on goods and services or window shopped online.
Most people in the Statistics Canada survey, 58%, purchased travel related goods such as hotel reservations and flights. This is interesting, because with the ease of purchasing flights on the internet, will places like Flight Centre be obsolete? I don’t know if it will because my mother still uses travel agencies, and she prefers it to buying a ticket online. I think that sometimes travel agents can find you a good deal too, especially for places like all-inclusive vacations. I personally don’t use them at all when I purchase international tickets or tickets without any packages included.
If you like infographics, here is a good one related to Canadian internet shopping habits.
I personally have had bad/ mediocre experiences buying clothes online just because they never fit properly when I receive them and I am just too lazy or have too little time to ship it back and return them.
Here are some pros advocating for why I prefer shopping online:
Not Having to Deal with Pushy Sales People
As an introvert I don’t really like to make small talk. Although meeting sales people in stores is nice, I will ask for help when I need to. I am pretty vulnerable to pushy sales people, but I think I have gotten much better over the years and can stand my ground. Sometimes I do feel bad when I waste a sales person’s time and don’t buy anything. The inverse is true, sometimes when you go to a place like Canadian Tire or The Bay, you will be hard pressed to actually find a sales person to talk to and ask questions from!Continue Reading