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Online versus the Mall, Which is Better

Online shopping is a thing now, considering that the internet has advanced to degrees most of us never imagined. Today, almost anything you could at the mall, you can do while sipping a cup of coffee at the comfort of your home. Be that as it may, which among the two is more preferable? The best decisions are informed decisions. An informed decision can only be made with information. So let’s look at what each side offers so that we determine which one is better.

Product Availability

Online – You can get almost anything online just by searching from different merchant websites or even generally doing a Google search. The good thing about shopping online is that, instead of going from shop to shop looking for the product of interest, you only have to use your keyboard and mouse to do the searching. It’s more efficient in terms of time and energy.

The Mall – Malls may have whatever it is you need but when you’re looking for a product, you’ll have to literally move from shop to shop to find the ideal product you want. If you have ever shopped for something that is limited, moving from shop to shop is not very fun for most people.

Purchase Procedure

Online – You must have a means for doing transactions online (PayPal, credit cards, etc.). And then you have to wait for at least a day for your product to be shipped to you; depending on your location. You can search for your product from different sites to compare prices and check if you can get exactly what you are after. For instance, an outfit that is your size, or a particular model of an electronic device.

The Mall – As long as you know where the mall is and how to get there, you’ll probably have the product of interest by the end of the day. You can also go to the mall and check out the products for yourself; try them on or check if they function as they ought to.


Online – Acquiring stuff online is often relatively cheaper, considering that most online stores don’t necessarily have a huge and expensive physical shop where they display their products. Some online shops are even run on garages. So they don’t have to deal with rents, and bills that retail stores do. You also have to include taxes, and shipping expenses, where applicable.

The Mall – since most shops at malls have to deal with bills that accrue owing to renting a place at the mall, the prices are usually higher. Including taxes and delivery expenses, the prices can be significantly high.


Online & The Mall – Any enterprise that establishes its presence online as an online store, ascertains that secure transactions between clients and the enterprise are of utmost priority. Besides, today, the technology being utilized to ensure safe online transactions is very secure, even the best hackers in the world have a very difficult time hacking it, that is if they ever do. There’s a very small chance that you’ll lose your money while shopping online – provided you’re shopping at an online store with a good reputation. The mall is not better than online shopping. There’s still a small chance you may be mugged on your way to the mall, or at the mall. You may still be a victim of some kind of crime at the mall. However, the chances of this happening are minimal.


Shopping at the mall is great if you prefer one on one experience. You’ll have more options with products, and you’ll have your product as soon as you pay for it. If you’re an extrovert or like hanging out at the mall with friends, this may be your best option. You can also pick to shop at the mall if you’re not sure of what you’re looking for. Nonetheless, shopping online is ideal if you know exactly what you’re looking for, and don’t mind waiting for its delivery.

Precisely knowing the product you want is the number one indicator that you may prefer shopping online. You don’t want to buy something that you’re not sure of, only to return it once it’s delivered because it wasn’t what you expected, or worse, suffer the buyer’s remorse. If you’re an introvert, you may also prefer to stay at home and do your shopping online.

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