Yifeng Wang

Online Shopping Doesn’t Save You Time

We usually consider online shopping time-saving. In most cases, however, this thought might not hold.

Online shopping has two major problems:

  1. Over-informed
  2. Under-informed

For whatever you want to buy, there are too many options to choose from and there is too much information to search for. In the meantime, there is no way for you to actually feel the items or see them in person. Many times photos, images, or videos just don't cut. All of these result in your consuming excessive amount of energy and time for determining the best, which unfortunately often turns out to be far from your perception.

I’ll avoid shopping online as much as possible unless I'm buying books, CDs, or similar things that require very little comparison.