The World Of Online Shopping [INFOGRAPHIC]

Mark O'Neill 07-02-2012

I remember when I was a child that every Saturday was shopping day. My mum would take my brother and I to this huge shopping center where we would get what we needed and then go for lunch before heading home. This was the 1980’s, a time when there was no Internet and the only way you could buy what you wanted was to go out to the shops and get it yourself.

Fast forward 30 years and the situation has completely changed. Now the Internet is King and everyone is buying their items online, turning online shopping into a major industry in itself.  Amazon rules in a lot of areas but there is still room for other heavy hitters such as supermarkets who offer home delivery for groceries, eBay for that hard to find item and Groupon for that last minute unbelievable deal. You can download a lot of stuff too – all that’s needed is a fast Internet connection, some patience and a credit card.  The shopping experience has been turned upside down and it’s bricks and mortar stores that are suffering as a result.

Our infographic today comes courtesy of and it displays some staggering figures such as the total amount spent online in 2010 ($143 billion!), the rising influence of mobile phones in online shopping, who dominates which retail sector, and finally what kinds of stuff people tend to buy the most online.

Let us know what you think of it. How much of your stuff do you buy online?  Do you ever go out to a “real shop” anymore or is everything bought on a computer with a credit card?  How do you see online shopping progressing in the future?  Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. JustDl Betty
    February 7, 2012 at 1:24 am

    For me this is all I can do, housebound on oxygen, Thank goodness I can shop online and still get things for gifts and for myself, the home, etc. There isn't much you can't buy online including a bad of real dog poop and have it sent to your  person of choice, no I did not do it but I was tempted LOL

    • Mark O'Neill
      February 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm

       Sorry to hear you don't get out much. This is why the Internet is such a Godsend for people like yourself. You can order whatever you want and have it delivered right to your front door.  The only distance you need to travel is to your front door.

      However, I am curious as to where you can buy dog poop and why anyone would want it!!  LOL!