The Pros and Cons of Online Shopping
*Convenience: Online shopping can be much faster and easier than schlepping out to the mall, but slow connections, busy Web sites, and user inexperience can all slow you down to a crawl. You can't take your purchase home with you, but online retailers offer a variety of shipping options. Some also offer gift wrapping and guaranteed holiday delivery.
*Price: You can find great deals online. You can also comparison shop without leaving the house. You will pay shipping and handling, but there is no sales tax on Web purchases.
*Inventory: It is often possible to find high-demand items online that are not available at local retailers. But individual online retailers may carry a more limited inventory than their retail counterparts.
*Security: With a little common sense, shopping online is at least as safe as traditional shopping. Use a browser with 128-bit encryption, purchase only through secure sites, and know with whom you are doing business.