How Online Shopping Works
To describe how online shopping works, we look into typical online stores that sell physical objects for shipping. Most online stores have an interface that allows you to search for products, a shopping cart where you can list items you want to purchase and a checkout procedure.
The following describes the process of shopping on a typical online store:
1. Most online shops have a catalog of products which you can browse and search for specific items.
2. As you find the items you want to buy, add them to your shopping cart.
3. When you are done shopping, the price of all the items you selected are totaled, then the taxes and shipping costs are added.
4. You provide your shipping information by filling-out an online form.
5. To pay, you will either provide your credit card information or the online store will bring you to secure payment gateways such as Paypal. If the online shop accepts offline payment methods, payment instructions will be provided. Order fulfillment is pending until your payment is received by the merchant.
6. You will receive an online confirmation. Some online shops may also send confirmation emails.
7. Ordered items will be delivered to your address. If you opted for cash on delivery method, you will pay for the item upon delivery.
If you haven’t tried shopping online, we provide a listing of some online shops that you may want to try.