Needless to say, online shopping is pretty convenient. It saves you from the hassle of visiting a store and looking for different products.
Imagine being tired and visiting one clothing store to another only to find out that the size you needed is currently out of stock. How frustrating would it be?
It is precisely why I prefer online shopping over visiting the stores in person. It saves my time and energy. Due to the same reason, I suggest online shopping to everyone.
Although there are a lot of myths attached to online shopping, people usually think of online stores as a scam, which is entirely incorrect. I’ve been shopping from online stores in Pakistan for quite some time now, and I must tell you that I’ve always had a pleasant experience.
No wonder online shopping has become a trend in Pakistan. It is, of course, for the right reasons. Do you know how to filter the best stuff when shopping online? Well, I do have a few tricks up my sleeves.
Let me share them with you so that you can have a similar experience of online shopping. I’m sure they’ll be helpful for you.
Opt for Secure Browsing
Although most online stores in Pakistan offer cash on delivery, which is the safest payment mode, there are a few that only deal with credit/debit card payments. I reckon that paying online via credit cards is tricky.
Why? Because it can fall into the wrong hands, causing more damage than you can imagine. You wouldn’t want to compromise the security of your credit card, or would you? Therefore, you must take the required precautionary measures when shopping online.
Make sure the website you choose is secure. Alright. Do you know how to find out if the website is secure? It’s simple. You can see a padlock icon on the URL of this website; if there’s one, you know you’re at the right website.
Consider the Card Type
What card do you use when shopping online? Is it a credit card or a debit card? You may think of it as something insignificant, but it’s actually of great significance.
I suggest you stick to a credit card when shopping online rather than a debit card. When using a debit card, the amount is directly withdrawn from your account. On the other hand, the amount is extended by the bank when using a credit card. Thereby, if your debit card details fall into the hands of the wrong person, it can be more damaging than a credit card.
Always Check the Ratings
First and foremost, the customer ratings matter. Even though most people tend to ignore the ratings on a product, they can actually save you from getting into trouble later down the road. Henceforth, I suggest you check the product ratings before making a purchase.
Other than that, a number of people also attach images of the products they’ve bought from online stores. It is one thing that always helps.
Follow Your Instincts
Oftentimes, sellers buy online reviews. Can you differentiate between the actual reviews and the fake ones? Are you confused? Well, it isn’t as hard as it appears to be.
If you see online reviews that are only positive or a dozen nameless accounts leaving five stars, it’s an indication that the customer ratings and reviews are gamed. Here is the point to ponder!
Think about the product, if you actually need it, if it’s worth buying, and follow your instincts. Although online shopping platforms like Baraq.pk are 100% genuine, it’s still wise to be careful.
Go for Seasonal Stuff
Online shopping isn’t always about the clothes. Yes, you’ve heard that right. You can shop all the grocery items online without having to think twice.
I can give you a suggestion here, shop for stuff that’s seasonal whenever buying fruits or vegetables. There’s minimal to no chance of a faulty product when buying seasonal fruits and vegetables. Since such things are locally available, they’re mostly fresh.
Ask for Support
If you’re looking to buy grocery items, I’d say you must inquire about the products through live chat or WhatsApp support, anything that is available. A lot of people fear ordering grocery items online because of the expiry dates.
For inquiries such as product expiry date and more, you can always reach out for support, and they’ll be happy to help you out. This way, you can ensure that you’re ordering the right product. Isn’t it what you want?
Bargaining is a common practice in Pakistan. Women love bargaining for little things here. In other words, it’s the essence of shopping. It may surprise you, but online shopping in Pakistan is all about bargain hunting. Yes, it is correct. You don’t necessarily need to buy all the things at once; just be consistent with checking the prices.
Online stores offer sales and discounted offers often. All you need to do is check the website religiously and buy whenever you find something at a reasonable price. Is it too much of a task? Well, it isn’t. It won’t take more than 10 minutes of your time to browse an online shop and see the available offers.
It’s simple. Isn’t it? Online shopping is super convenient in every way. It is also cost-effective as you’d need to pay minimum charges for the shipment. Still, if you don’t want to pay for the shipment, what you can do is purchase the products in bulk. Many online stores offer free shipping after a certain amount. How wonderful is that?
There are countless benefits of online shopping in Pakistan, especially when we’re in the middle of a pandemic. Perhaps the only disadvantage is the time that it takes for the shipment, and that’s about it. Rest assured, you’re all covered by online stores. Enjoy!
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