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To Shop Online or In Store: The Debate Between Students' Shopping Choices By Caroline Applin and Casey Ball

After much debate on which form of shopping is superior, The Rebellion decided to settle the argument once and for all by researching the reasons behind people's choices on shopping. So, the next time you want to shop, which method will you choose?

Is Shopping IN STORE the Best Option?

From Lululemon to TJ Maxx, shopping in stores, by far, is the preferable option according to Walpole High sophomore students, as opposed to online shopping. The Rebellion sent out a survey to sophomore boys and girls that researched their preference of clothes shopping in stores or online, and 72.7 percent chose the option of physically going into the stores rather than buying the clothing online.

72.7 percent chose the option of physically going into the stores rather than buying the clothing online.

Annika Massey, a sophomore who was interviewed about her preference, says she thinks that in store shopping has many more advantages. These pros of shopping in store include trying things on, getting what you need faster, promo codes, and being able to ask workers for help, according to Massey.

There are many reasons why this form of shopping also is favorable. Many students, like sophomore Samuel Donovan, believe a major factor in their choice was how much cheaper in-store shopping is rather than online. There are more sales in the stores in general, like Black Friday, according to Donovan.

Pieces of different clothing on the clearance rack

Timothy Sullivan, who shops at stores such as Nike, Supreme and Adidas, agrees with Donovan that shopping in store tends to be cheaper than shopping online.

“You can use military discounts, and outlets might have discounts throughout the store,” Sullivan said.

Many students on the survey also expressed how convenient it is to have the ability to try on your clothes in store to avoid the hassle of returns.

Try on your clothes in store to avoid the hassle of returns.

“You can really see the fit of what you’re buying like how long or how tight something is on yourself,” sophomore Liz Hinton said.

Is Shopping ONLINE the Best Option?

E-commerce is rapidly growing three times faster than ever before, as many now prefer to shop on their laptops, rather than going out of their way. An estimated 27.3% of sophomores prefer online shopping over In store shopping. The comfort of one’s own home and the advantage of not having to drive anywhere is appealing to many students, such as sophomores Brenna Hughes and Sophia Richer.

27.3% of sophomores prefer online shopping over In store shopping.

“I like being able to sit and watch TV and [have the ability] to go online shopping,” Richer said.

Hughes added that it is more convenient for most to online shop, because they do not have to leave their houses.

“You do not have to leave your house; that way, it is more convenient,” Hughes said.

Sophomores Abby Krug and Skyla Nigro said that they think online shopping is more fun, better and surprising.

“It is much easier to find clothes that are my size, and it is faster because you don’t have to drive anywhere,” Krug said.

Nigro agreed with Krug’s statement but also added that ordering clothes online is more exciting because of the anticipation of receiving a package in the mail.

Another positive attribute is how online shopping gives people more options. Sophomore Shannon Jordan said that she likes the fact that online shopping has many more choices, whereas some stores might only have seasonal clothes.

Online shopping has many more choices, whereas some stores might only have seasonal clothes.

“Some stores like Shein are only online, and American Eagle has more clothes on the online store rather than in the store itself,” Jordan said.

Research from Every Dollar states the pros and cons of online shopping: this article said the same reasons as many of the other sophomores at Walpole High; however, the author brings up a good reason that one can shop on his or her own timetable without having to check store hours when online shopping. This idea is applicable to busy teenagers who have commitments such as homework, jobs, sports and extracurriculars.

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