Forget online when shopping for toys

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Apparently internet shopping is more popular in the UK than any other country and you and I spend more than £1,000 a year buying items on the World Wide Web.

I’m not quite sure how much I spend online in a year and it’s probably best I don’t find out.

But I admit that when it comes to shopping the internet is always my first choice.

The main reason for choosing to shop online is the convenience. I can shop whenever I want from the comfort of my own home, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at a time that suits me and I’m not limited by any opening and closing times.

Another major advantage is simply the sheer number of online retailers which means when I find the product I want I can easily and quickly compare the prices and make sure I am getting the best deal. To compare shopping in the same way on the high street would take hours if not days and would probably leave me exhausted.

Another advantage is shopping in comfort. I can search for a bargain on my smartphone while lying in bed or even on my tablet during the ads on television.

But obviously online shopping also has its disadvantages, like having to buy a product purely on its photo and description and not being able to touch it or try it out before parting with my money.

Another disadvantage is when you need to return a product. Instead of simply taking it back to a store you have to spend time repacking it and then taking it to the post office to send it back.

For me the major disadvantage of online shopping is it doesn’t give you satisfaction in the same way going to a store does.

I realised this recently when I visited a large toy store with my daughters Caitlin and Alyssa.

It seemed to give them the same excitement as visiting Paultons Park earlier this year.

Their faces lit up with huge smiles when we entered this children’s paradise with aisles and aisles of toys stacked high.

All their favourite children’s television characters were there in toy form like Spongebob Squarepants and Bing from Bing Bunny.

Of course at this time of year the store was very busy, but this only added to the feel-good atmosphere.

Having such a good time looking at the toys with Caitlin and Alyssa I lost track of time, but we probably spent more than an hour walking up and down the aisles.

It also helped Caitlin and Alyssa decide what to put on their Christmas lists before they were sent to Father Christmas.

I will continue shopping online but when it comes to shopping for toys nothing beats a visit to a big toy store.

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