The development of online shopping
More and more of our daily life is spent interfacing with a computer terminal, which can provide entertainment (e.g. games, films and TV programmes) communication (e.g. email, internet chat rooms and video links), shopping and banking, in addition to work-related use such as emailing and video conferencing. Discuss this situation, and explore some problems caused as a result of these new developments.
[...] Buying online is becoming more and more popular thanks to the development of famous websites such as Amazon or eBay and there are some great bargains out there to take advantage of. Yet consumers need to know that there are some risks of fraud scams, debts and addiction words. Bibliography: Author unknown (2004) Consumers flock to online shops. BBC News website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4000365.stm, 11th November 2004. Author unknown (2005) Fraudsters turn to online crime. BBC News website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/441708.stm, 8th November 2005. Author unknown (2006) Festive boom for online shopping. [...]
[...] Due to the development of new technologies and the globalisation, the internet is increasingly important in our way of living and shopping; a BBC survey (2006) showed that 24 million UK consumers shopped online in 2005 spending on average £816 each during the year. Kotler and Keller (2005) argue that marketers and especially retailers, such as Amazon or Tesco, see in this new way of communication a mean to improve their profitability. Therefore they develop their websites to encourage customers to do shopping online. Fischler (2007) explained that online buying habits have changed dramatically. [...]