Pros and Cons of Online Grocery Shopping

Online Grocery Shopping

Online grocery shopping is obviously one of the trends that have come to stay. Lots and lots of people are embracing the idea and this gives the impression that grocery shopping has taken a new dimension. While dozens of customers embrace Walmart and certain other grocery stores for their online shopping services, some people have complained about the quality of the groceries delivered to them. By reason of this, we would like to throw some light on the pros and cons of online grocery shopping. Hopefully, you’ll be able to decide whether online grocery shopping is suitable for you or not after reading this article.

Pros of Online Grocery Shopping

Quick and Convenient Shopping

Unlike traditional shopping, online grocery shopping saves you the stress of taking your kids to a grocery store, staying in queues for probably a couple of hours and searching endlessly for what to buy. Online grocery shopping is so quick and easy that you can make an order right from the comfort of your home. While you’re attending to daily chores at home, somebody at the grocery store is already helping you to bundle up the groceries you ordered for.

You Tend to Spend Reasonably

Believe it or not, online shopping saves you from extravagant spending. If you’re hell-bent on what you need and wouldn’t like to buy the unnecessary items grocery stores display to persuade customers, online grocery shopping is likely a suitable idea for you.

You Are in Perfect Control of Your Cart

Online grocery shopping lets you easily check your cart to ensure you’re choosing only what you need. Compared to traditional shopping where you have to take an item you wouldn’t be buying back to where you picked it, online grocery shopping lets you exclude something from your cart easily just with the aid of a few taps on your phone.

Easy and Quick Comparison of Prices

While shopping online, it’s easy to compare the unit prices of groceries and other items. Most people seldom take their time to compare the unit prices of commodities while shopping around in grocery stores because they find it stressful. However, online grocery shopping makes it convenient for anyone to see a whole lot of prices and easily decide the suitable item for their buying capability.

Cons of Online Grocery Shopping

Possibility of Higher Delivery Charges

At times you may have to pay higher delivery charges for popular slots especially during weekends. Moreover, many people hurry to get their bookings done when New Year, Christmas and other festive periods are around the corner. This usually causes too many slots to be booked up beforehand.

What You Get Might Not Please You

While popular grocery stores deliver fresh and healthy groceries, it’s still possible that you end up getting what wouldn’t please you after shopping online. If you’re so choosy that others seldom please you when they select things for you, online grocery shopping might not interest you. Of course, somebody at the store will be the one choosing your groceries – such as snacks, cookies and fruit – and at times, you might not get satisfied like you’d normally feel if you were at the store to select the items by yourself.


In conclusion, online grocery shopping offers convenience, cost-saving benefits, and easy cart control. However, it may come with higher delivery charges and the possibility of receiving items that do not meet preferences. Weighing these factors will help you decide whether online grocery shopping is suitable for your needs and preferences.

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Dr. Jade Marie Tomaszewski is a pathologist-in-training at McGill University, where she also did her degree in MSc Pathology. She obtained her medical degree (MD) from the University of the Philippines, after completing a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. In her (little) spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, curling up with a book and a large mug of tea, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. You can follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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