How to shop online

Online shopping is in today’s world a given for many. The past year in particular has made online shopping somewhat of an essential in our day-to-day life and has been a great way to stay safe and get the supplies you need, and not only for yourself but for your loved ones or those in need.

More and more shop online

We are being encouraged to shop online, since this means we don’t have to go outside and elbow hordes of people in physical shops. If you were an avid online shopper before all this, then the reset might not have been a big one. But even though it might be a given to you, there might be people close to you that need help when it comes to understanding online shopping and how it works. This guide will touch on the ins and outs of online shopping and also give you some great tips that you can share with your loved ones that might need some extra guidance.

This is what you’ll need

If you haven’t previously shopped online we understand that it can all seem quite foreign. But it is actually much simpler than you might think. There are online shops that sell everything you could possibly need, and in most cases, they will deliver it straight to your doorstep. Simple right?

The only thing you need to be able to shop online is:

  • Internet access
  • A bank card or other form of payment method
  • An email address so you can get a receipt for your purchase

How to go about it

A useful piece of information if you haven’t previously shopped online begore is that the process of online shopping is essentially the same to the one’s you usually make in store. This hopefully means that once you’ve done it, it will feel a lot simpler when you go to online shop the next time. We will walk you through a typical online shopping session step by step.

  1. Find the right online shop

    You can find all sorts of online shops, such as food shops, pharmacies, book shops, florists and many more. You can easily find out if the stores you usually shop from offer home-delivery by going to their website, calling them or using search engines.

  2. Search for products

    Once you enter your chosen store’s webpage you can either search for the products you wish to purchase or browse through the different categories to find the products you want to buy. When you’ve found a product you wish to buy you need simply select a “buy” or “add to cart” button or something like it and it will be added to your basket. You can also change the quantity of the product if you wish to buy more than one of the product.

  3. Go to your basket

    After you have picked all the items you wish to purchase they will all end up in the so called “basket”. You can often find a symbol of a shopping basket somewhere at the top of the website. When you click said symbol you should be taken to a list of all the products you have selected. When you have everything you want to buy you can just click on to “checkout” where you will be able to complete your purchase.

  4. Choose delivery method

    Now you can choose you delivery method, so how you want the products to be delivered to you. In most cases you will be asked to enter your postcode to be able to see which delivery options are available in your area. Choose a delivery option that either mentions “home delivery” or “to your door”. If you are buying food from an online shop, they will always deliver straight to your doorstep. By creating a customer account with the store, they can save your address and contact information, that way you won’t have to fill it out again the next time you want to make a purchase. When you have all the items you want to order, proceed to checkout.

  5. Pay

    Now it’s time to pay. First you will get to choose how you want to pay, card payment will always be an option. After entering all your payment details, the shop will verify the payment and once it has gone through you will receive your receipt via email. You have now completed your online shopping, all you have to do now is relax and wait for your package to arrive.

Would you like a more in detail description of how to shop online, or get other tips and tricks on what is good to think about when you shop online? Read our complete guide here.

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