Online shopping: Not everyone is buying it

Alycia Mintze, Staff writer

Online shopping is expanding rapidly, but not all Archbishop Carroll shoppers are buying into the experience.

“I would rather shop online because I am above six feet tall, so it is hard to find pants in my size in person,” said junior Gabriel Cuffey. “I feel as though it is more efficient because it is easier to find things online than it is in person.”

In contrast to in store purchasing, online shopping is not more popular. With 80.9 percent of sales occurring offline and 19.1 percent occurring online as of 2021, in store shopping is still more popular than online purchasing. Only 21 percent of all global sales will be made through online shopping in 2023, according to Zippa. 

“It is surprising that people rather go in-person to shop but I would rather shop online because I am a very difficult person,” said Gianni Russell, senior. “I like having time to go back and look at my clothes before I buy them instead of being rushed and not liking the clothing.” 

As e-commerce expands, so will the number of online shoppers globally. As of 2023, there are 2.63 billion digital consumers worldwide. This represents 33.3 percent of the world’s population. To put it another way, one in three people you encounter online shop, according to Oberlo. 

“I feel like ever since 2020 and COVID it has been a convenience to shop online and it makes sense that the online shopping rating is going up because I believe it is more beneficial,” said Mariah Kinder, senior.