In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in online shopping. Despite tough economic times, online shopping is thriving. There are a number of reasons why online shopping has become more popular than going to traditional shopping malls.

Below are a number of reasons why shopping online is better than going to the mall:

1. Going to a traditional mall requires getting ready, wearing the right clothes, grooming your hair and putting on makeup, making sure you have your money, getting in your vehicle, and driving there. When you buy online, you simply turn on the computer, connect to the Internet, and start shopping. It's easy, convenient and it doesn't matter what you wear and how you look.

2. Transportation can be a hassle when shopping at a traditional mall. You have to spend money on fuel, fight traffic, locate a parking spot, and take all purchased items to the car. With online shopping, you don't have to worry about transportation issues, and often your packages are delivered right to the door. If you don't have a car, taking a bus can be a real hassle when you go to a mall.

3. Shopping malls are well known to the crowds. It can be frustrating trying to get the items you want to buy. With online shopping, there are no pushy crowds and you can relax and enjoy your online shopping experience.

4. Buying online is better for the environment. Most online retailers keep their items in a central distribution center so that less energy is used, which is better for the planet. Retail stores have items that consume as much energy as lights and heating and cooling units. Also, shipping from online stores is better for the environment. According to the Climate and Energy Solutions Center, "shipping two 20-pound packages by air overnight, the most energy-intensive mode of delivery, still uses 40 percent less fuel than driving 20 miles one way and back to the mall or store. "

5. Online shopping is definitely a time saver. Most people shop on the weekends. Many shopping experiences in a traditional mall can take an entire day. Online shopping saves time so you can enjoy the rest of your weekend. Or, you can have the weekend free if you shop online during the business day. You can buy at any time of the day or night.

6. You can save a lot of money when you buy online. There are many offers on the Internet waiting to be picked up. Also, most online stores offer free shipping on a certain amount purchased. You are also paying a cheaper price because online stores have less overhead.

7. Buying online gives access to millions of different products. When you shop at a mall, you only have access to what stores have in stock, so you end up going from store to store trying to find what you're looking for. Sometimes it is not always available. When you shop online, you almost always find what you're looking for. You can also compare prices to find deals.

Online shopping continues to grow at staggering rates. With improvements in secure payment processing, the online shopping industry shows no signs of slowing down. More consumers are discovering that it is a great way to find exactly what they are looking for at a low price.

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In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in online shopping.