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Model Essay: Compare/Contrast

 
 

Shopping in a Mall vs. Shopping Online

Some people really enjoy shopping while others hate the whole process of buying things. Those who dislike shopping will try to find ways to find what they want as quickly as possible and then move on to other activities. There are two ways to reduce the amount of traveling that you must do while shopping: visit a mall or order things online. Whether you decide to go to a real store or shop through your computer, there are advantages and disadvantages to consider. When you take convenience into account, online shopping is the clear winner. You can pay a “virtual visit” to your favorite store without worrying about the mode of transportation, bus or subway tickets, or parking fees. You do not need to put on nice clothes. You will not need to spend time traveling to the mall, looking for a parking place, or walking from shop to shop.

Security is an important concern for shoppers, and not everyone is comfortable with the idea of using a credit card online. The process is fairly safe nowadays, as various programming tools have reduced the possibility that your information will be misused. Nevertheless, there is a risk that your credit card number might be stolen when you shop online. From the aspect of security, there is an advantage in shopping in person. Clearly, online shopping must be carried out with caution.

When it comes to seeing, touching, and trying out a new product, there is no substitute for actually going to the mall and examining the item in person. You cannot always tell what the merchandise is really like by seeing a picture of it on the Web. The color may be somewhat different online than it appears in real life. The exact size and proper fit may be critical when it comes to clothing. On the other hand, if you want to buy a product that you have already used and are familiar with, the hands-on experience may not be so important.

Price is always a consideration. You may be able to use various tools on the Internet to compare prices and quickly come up with the lowest price. Online auctions may permit you to save money, and companies like eBay offer additional cost-saving opportunities. However, in some situations, you may be able to get a lower price by taking advantage of an unadvertised sale at the mall. In this case, you might never know about the sale if you do not go to the shop in person.

As we have seen, there are benefits and drawbacks involved both in shopping in a mall and online shopping. It seems more likely though that those who enjoy shopping may prefer to do it in person while those who detest it may be just as happy to shop online.