When you shopping online, most retailers give you the option to check out as a guest or register with them. The latter can make it more convenient to check out next time, but here’s the case for buying as a guest.
Shopping Online is a form of electronic commerce which allows consumers to directly buy goods or services from a seller over the Internet using a web browser. Consumers find a product of interest by visiting the website of the retailer directly or by searching among alternative vendors using a shopping search engine, which displays the same product’s availability and pricing at different e-retailers. As of 2016, customers can shop online using a range of different computers and devices, including desktop computers, laptops, tablet computers and smartphones.
A Shopping Online evokes the physical analogy of buying products or services at a regular “bricks-and-mortar”retailer or shopping center; the process is called business-to-consumer (B2C) online shopping. When an online store is set up to enable businesses to buy from another businesses, the process is called business-to-business (B2B) online shopping. A typical online store enables the customer to browse the firm’s range of products and services, view photos or images of the products, along with information about the product specifications, features and prices.
Of course, there are benefits to registering and creating an online account with a site. Again, it’s more convenient, and hey, maybe they’ll send you coupons down the road. However, CNET makes an important point against it:
Nearly every online retailer will ask you to create an account before checkout. If you can check out as a “guest,” you should. Using a guest account will keep a lot of your personal data off the company’s servers and safe in the event of a hack.
If you don’t shop at a retailer often, it’s probably worth staying on the safe side and just buying as a guest. For more tips on how to shop safely online, check out their full post at the link below.