5 - #itb8 Is the better shop online?

in itb8 •  last year 

My students have never seen a world without online-shops. So I want them to understand the discussions about the pros and cons of them.


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By the increasing distribution of broad band internet the e-commerce started to become meaningful. Also the decreasing costs for transportation and delivery and
the improved diversity of goods fueled this trend. As there are so many, I do not want to mention one in particular.


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Because of that stationary vendors have been complaining about the new competition for a couple of years because an online-shop. They argue that online-shops have
unfair advantages because they do not have to pay high rents for a shop, need less staff and have unlimited opening hours.
Also they point to the customers who first get the advice of the stationary working sales personnel and than buy online for a cheaper price. What they do not mention
is that the opposite, getting advice online and buy stationary, is also happening similarly frequently.


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Environmental activists criticize the energy consumption and pollution for the increased delivery logistic by online shops. Although they do not take into account
that a customer consumes energy and causes pollution for his way to the stationary shop. It goes on with the environmental impact of heating and lighting a shop.
That complicated balance gets even more difficult phenomenon of cloth-buyers, who order online different sizes and send the unfitting back, is added.

I do not want to say, that the environmentalists are completely wrong, but as far as I know nobody has ever done a clean calculation for the environmental effect
of online-shops in comparison to stationary ones, though quite some discussion about it is happening in the mainstream media.


Please also take a look at my former post of the #itb8 series


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