Online Shopping vs In-store Shopping, Which is Better?

The way we purchase our necessities is evolving. In this era, we have the option to either purchase it online or at a shop. If we have free time, we could easily go to a shopping mall to buy what we need. However, if we are too busy for that, we can just make the purchase online.

It is true that making a purchase online is faster, more convenient and the choices are limitless, However, bear in mind some things that are found online may not look as perfect as we thought it would be. This can be seen with the countless cases that we have heard or read where the items bought were not as good as what they painted on the sites. Therefore, we should take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing online and purchasing at a shop.

Shop Online
PROS
  • No delivery charges.
  • Don’t need to wait for the items to arrive.
  • Can assess the quality of the items yourself.
  • Various choices of brands for one product.
  • Prices are more competitive
CONS
  • Lack of choices for brands
  • Highly likely the prices are more expensive compared to the ones sold online
  • Not able to look at the quality of the items bought.
  • Has delivery charges.
  • Has to wait for the goods to arrive at the house
  • There is a chance of getting an imitation of the original item

For goods that are used on a daily basis, it would be wiser to buy it straight from a shop. You will be able to immediately assess the quality, price, as well as the brand of the goods and the best part, is, there is no delivery cost involved. It can only be free if the goods were bought by yourself right?

Let’s look at MR. D.I.Y. to compare the prices whether is it worth to buy it from a shop or online for any goods that you are looking for. Here are a few items that we can compare using price.

Product MR. D.I.Y. Online Seller A Online Seller B
Document Bag

RM0.70
No delivery cost
Document Bag Brand CBE

RM3.82
Delivery cost RM5.00(West Malaysia)/ RM10.30(Sarawak)/ RM10.30(Sabah)
A4 Button Document Bag

RM1.00
Delivery cost (RM7.00(West Malaysia)/ RM10.00 (Sarawak)/ RM12.00(Sabah)
Women Socks

RM1.90
No delivery cost
Socks Brand ELENXS

RM9.47
Delivery cost RM5.00(West Malaysia)/ RM10.30(Sarawak)/ RM10.30(Sabah)
Socks

RM1.50
Delivery cost RM5.77(West Malaysia)/ RM11.97(Sarawak)/ RM11.97(Sabah)
Kitchen Anti-Oil Sticker

RM1.70
No delivery cost
High Quality Home Proof Temperature Anti Oil Sticker

RM7.70
Delivery cost RM7.99(All over Malaysia)
Fashion Kitchen Anti Oil Sticker

RM6.50
Delivery cost RM6.00(West Malaysia)/ RM9.00(Sarawak)/ RM9.00(Sabah)
4 Tier Shoe Rack

RM8.50
No delivery cost
Shoe Rack Brand Sokano

RM22.90
Delivery cost Free(West Malaysia)/ RM5.30(Sabah)/ RM5.30(Sarawak)
Shoe Rack

RM10.90
Delivery cost RM7.00(West Malaysia)/ RM15.00(Sarawak)/ RM15.00(Sabah)
Ironing Board

RM29.90
No delivery cost
Ironing Board Brand 3V

RM29.70
Delivery cost Free(West Malaysia)/ RM5.30(Sarawak)/ RM5.30(Sabah)
Ironing Board Brand ZIB88

RM32.90
Delivery cost RM7.00(West Malaysia)/ RM80.00(Sarawak)/ RM80.00(Sabah)
Water Bottle 500ml

RM8.50
No delivery cost
Water Bottle OEM Brand

RM12.32
Free postage
Water Bottle Korean Brand

RM9.90
Delivery cost RM8.00(West Malaysia)/ RM11.00(Sarawak)/ RM11.00(Sabah)
Lava A4 Drawer

RM19.50
No delivery cost
Lava A4 Drawer

RM39.90
Free postage
Lava A4 Drawer

RM29.90
Delivery cost RM6.00(West Malaysia)/ RM14.00(Sarawak)/ RM14.00 (Sabah)
Flexi Wall Sink Tap

RM25.90
No delivery cost
Flexi Wall Sink Tap Brand Yes+Plus

RM50.00
Delivery cost Free(West Malaysia)/ RM5.30(Sarawak)/ RM5.30(Sabah)
Flexi Wall Sink Tap Brand VARENO

RM59.00
Delivery cost RM9.00(West Malaysia)/ RM17.00(Sarawak)/ RM17.00(Sabah)

We took some items and compared it with products which are similar but selling online. Every product will be compared against 2 other brands that can be bought online. From here, we will have a clear answer as to whether purchasing at a shop or online is better. Without further ado, let’s compare one by one every product mentioned above.

The way we purchase our necessities is evolving. In this era, we have the option to either purchase it online or at a shop. If we have free time, we could easily go to a shopping mall to buy what we need. However, if we are too busy for that, we can just make the purchase online.

It is true that making a purchase online is faster, more convenient and the choices are limitless, However, bear in mind some things that are found online may not look as perfect as we thought it would be. This can be seen with the countless cases that we have heard or read where the items bought were not as good as what they painted on the sites. Therefore, we should take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing online and purchasing at a shop.

Shop Online
PROS
  • No delivery charges.
  • Don’t need to wait for the items to arrive.
  • Can assess the quality of the items yourself.
  • Various choices of brands for one product.
  • Prices are more competitive
CONS
  • Lack of choices for brands
  • Highly likely the prices are more expensive compared to the ones sold online
  • Not able to look at the quality of the items bought.
  • Has delivery charges.
  • Has to wait for the goods to arrive at the house
  • There is a chance of getting an imitation of the original item

For goods that are used on a daily basis, it would be wiser to buy it straight from a shop. You will be able to immediately assess the quality, price, as well as the brand of the goods and the best part, is, there is no delivery cost involved. It can only be free if the goods were bought by yourself right?

Let’s look at MR. D.I.Y. to compare the prices whether is it worth to buy it from a shop or online for any goods that you are looking for. Here are a few items that we can compare using price.

Product MR. D.I.Y. Online Seller A Online Seller B
Document Bag
RM0.70
No delivery cost
Document Bag Brand CBE

RM3.82
Delivery cost
RM5.00(West Malaysia)/
RM10.30(Sarawak)/
RM10.30(Sabah)
A4 Button Document Bag

RM1.00
Delivery cost
(RM7.00(West Malaysia)/
RM10.00 (Sarawak)/
RM12.00(Sabah)
Women Socks
RM1.90
No delivery cost
Socks Brand ELENXS
RM9.47
Delivery cost
RM5.00(West Malaysia /
RM10.30(Sarawak)/
RM10.30(Sabah)
Socks
RM1.50
Delivery cost
RM5.77(West Malaysia)/
RM11.97(Sarawak)/
RM11.97(Sabah)
Kitchen Anti-Oil Sticker

RM1.70
No delivery cost
High Quality Home Proof Temperature Anti Oil Sticker

RM7.70
Delivery cost
RM7.99(All over Malaysia)
Fashion Kitchen Anti Oil Sticker

RM6.50
Delivery cost
RM6.00(West Malaysia)/
RM9.00(Sarawak)/
RM9.00(Sabah)
4 Tier Shoe Rack

RM8.50
No delivery cost
Shoe Rack Brand Sokano

RM22.90
Free (West malaysia)/
RM5.30(Sabah)/
RM5.30(Sarawak)
Shoe Rack

RM10.90
Delivery cost
RM7.00(West Malaysia)/
RM15.00(Sarawak)/
RM15.00(Sabah)
Ironing Board

RM29.90
No delivery cost
Ironing Board Brand 3V

RM29.70
Delivery cost
Free (West malaysia)/
RM5.30(Sarawak)/
RM5.30(Sabah)
Ironing Board Brand ZIB88

RM32.90
Delivery cost
RM7.00(West Malaysia)/
RM80.00(Sarawak)/
RM80.00(Sabah)
Water Bottle 500ml

RM8.50
No delivery cost
Water Bottle OEM Brand

RM12.32
Free postage
Water Bottle Korean brand

RM9.90
Delivery cost
RM8.00(West Malaysia)/
RM11.00(Sarawak)/
RM11.00(Sabah)
Lava A4 Drawer

RM19.50
No delivery cost
Lava A4 Drawer

RM39.90
Free postage
Lava A4 Drawer

RM29.90
Delivery cost
RM6.00(West Malaysia)/
RM14.00(Sarawak)/
RM14.00 (Sabah)
Flexi Wall Sink Tap

RM25.90
No delivery cost
Flexi Wall Sink Tap Brand Yes+Plus

RM50.00
Delivery cost
Free (West malaysia)/
RM5.30(Sarawak)/
RM5.30(Sabah)
Flexi Wall Sink Tap Brand VARENO

RM59.00
Delivery cost
RM9.00(West Malaysia)/
RM17.00(Sarawak)/
RM17.00(Sabah)

We took some items and compared it with products which are similar but selling online. Every product will be compared against 2 other brands that can be bought online. From here, we will have a clear answer as to whether purchasing at a shop or online is better. Without further ado, let’s compare one by one every product mentioned above.

1.Document Bag

RM 0.70

Online Seller A

Online Seller B

Document bag is very useful when it comes to storing all your important printed documents. It’s only selling for RM0.70 at MR. D.I.Y. compared to CBE’s document bag (RM3.82) and A4 document bag (RM1.00) which are selling online as well. Not only it does not charge any delivery cost, the document bag which is selling at MR. D.I.Y. also the cheapest on the internet.

2. Women Socks

RM 1.90

Online Seller A

Online Seller B

At MR. D.I.Y., women socks are selling at a price of RM1.90 only compared to the brand ELENXS (RM9.47) and the non-branded socks (RM1.50). The price of the non-branded socks is indeed cheaper at first sight but after delivery cost (RM5.77/RM11.97), the price will become higher.

3. Kitchen Anti-Oil Sticker

RM 1.70

Online Seller A

Online Seller B

Those who rarely enter the kitchen may not know the purpose of these stickers. These stickers are used to prevent the any oil splattered due to cooking from staining the wall and is usually stick on the kitchen wall. The anti-oil sticker is selling at the price of RM1.70 only compared to High Quality Home Proof Temperature Anti-Oil Sticker (RM7.70) and Fashion Kitchen Anti-Oil Sticker (RM6.50).

4. 4 Tier Shoe Rack

RM 8.50

Online Seller A

Online Seller B

We heard this is one of the many items that are considered to be the best-selling at MR. D.I.Y. The shoe rack is selling at a cost of RM8.50 only while the brand Sokano is selling at RM19.90 and a non-branded shoe rack is RM11.50 online. Because of its low price, might as well buy it immediately from MR. D.I.Y. You can use it straight away and start organising your shoes.

5. Ironing Board

RM 29.90

Online Seller A

Online Seller B

It is selling at a price of RM29.90 at MR. D.I.Y. compared to the brand 3V (RM32.90) and ZIB88 (RM32.90). There is no other contrasting comparison that could be found for this item. At the end, it is your decision to whether buy it online or at a shop.

6. Water Bottle 500ml

RM 8.50

Online Seller A

Online Seller B

A 500ml bottle water is selling at the price of RM8.50 at MR. D.I.Y. The bottle water with the exact same capacity of water storage is selling at RM12.32 (OEM)  and RM9.90 (Korean brand). Although the water bottle from OEM offers free delivery cost, MR. D.I.Y. is still the cheapest and the most worth it to purchase.

7. Lava A4 Drawer

RM 19.50

Online Seller A

Online Seller B

Lava A4 Drawer is selling at the price of RM19.50 at MR. D.I.Y. whereas an A4 Drawer with the same brand is selling at RM39.90 and RM29.90 online. The same item with the same brand but with contrasting prices are selling online. It is obvious that MR. D.I.Y. has no competition when it comes to price.

8. Flexi Wall Sink Tap

RM 25.90

Online Seller A

Online Seller B

Have you ever tried to fix a leaking faucet yourself? MR. D.I.Y. sells good quality faucet at the price of RM25.90 compared to the brand Yes+Plus (RM50.00) and another brand VARENO (RM59.00). Looking from price and quality perspective, MR. D.I.Y. is the most worth it to buy.

Now that we have compared, buying online is obviously cheaper and the choices are endless but the cost for each item will be more expensive after including delivery costs. It would not make sense to buy a pair of socks for RM1.50 but to have incurred an additional cost of RM6 for delivery cost right?

In conclusion, you can get a better deal if it was bought from a shop. Every item in the shop can be assessed by our own eyes and the quality can be judged immediately. When purchasing an electrical item, we could even try it to know whether it was functioning well.

Every item that has been used to compare above is according to MR. D.I.Y.’s “Poket Selamat 3” promotion. Not only these 8 items are on promotion but there are 50 more other great products that are also included in the “Poket Selamat 3”.

At MR. D.I.Y., every item does not incur the delivery cost and you don’t need to wait for days for the items to be sent to your house. MR. D.I.Y. offers a variety of products to choose from and they are all the best of quality that can be found on the market. Don’t believe it? Go ahead and take a look yourself at MR. D.I.Y. shops near you now.

The “Poket Selamat 3” promotion at MR. D.I.Y. will start from 1 – 31 August 2017. Save the date and don’t miss the chance to get quality items at the lowest price!

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