Global trend of using the Internet to buy and sell various goods in recent years has been steadily increasing. Even in tough times of crisis, in contrast to the major economic indicators, online shopping and internet auctions have only increased their sales volumes. This is not surprising – because there you can buy the same items as in conventional stores, but much cheaper. The possibility of making a purchase from the comfort of home and the range of goods, which is bigger than even in the largest supermarkets, made the trade through the World Wide Web is optimal for any modern man.
Now with major electronic trading platforms you can buy, without exaggeration, almost everything: aircraft carriers, ballpoint pens, and toilet paper. Along with the goods priced at $1, there are other almost priceless items with the initial price of six figures. For example, one of the most expensive items was a 340 year old manuscript of Shakespeare “Prince of Tyre” valued at 5,000,000 English pounds.
According to experts, the growth of online sales in the foreseeable future awaits a new upsurge. Internet is the same sales channel, but in many ways more attractive than the classic.
However there are some security risks associated with some countries. According to statistics, often fraudulent attempts are recorded in such countries as Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Egypt, Israel and Pakistan. Some retailers refuse to deliver the goods ordered from those blacklisted countries. For example, some online stores in the United States flatly refused to work with buyers from Eastern European countries.
But apart from the refusal coming from the stores and auctions, a buyer who has decided to benefit from the purchase of foreign goods on the Internet may face problems of a different kind. Difficulty with payment and delivery of goods may scare not only a novice buyer, plus the lack of language knowledge may possess a huge issue.
Percentage of scam sellers is very small, in most cases they care about reputation much more than money, especially when they are involved in long-term trading. Besides a payment made though PayPal is very secure, so in case the goods are not received within 30 days, you are likely to receive a full refund including shipping costs. Of course, if the purchase is delayed through no fault of the seller, then you risk getting a negative review, but the money still remains with you.
Initially you will be confused with things like bidding at auction, delivery and payment terms, money transfers, and customs clearance, but over the time and will a little more experience you will realise that the time and nerves saved with online shopping will pay back! And if we think of money saved on the cost of the goods, then we can say that online shopping is one of the best and safest methods of purchasing goods that has ever been invented!