Today, the concept of shopping has dramatically changed. This is the real difference of a retail store compared to an online store. If western shops have higher prices, it certainly does not necessarily mean they are ripping you off, they may simply be determining price based or cost price and running a viable business.
Make sure, however, that yours is not an “all sales final” type of purchase. It is quite common to see items offered at a discount of 50% or more, and sometimes even better deals can be found by watching the daily specials. Although their costs may be higher, you’re much more likely to get the right products first time, instead of having to try a few.
In this highly competitive business environment, it is imperative for businesses to have a full-blown picture of its customers. Taking all this into account, there is still variations in price between stores in similar locations that we may not be able to explain.
Partly due to the efforts of manufacturers, who discourage unauthorized retailers, consumers may be reluctant to purchase legitimate products from an unauthorized retailer who is offering a genuine product. Online shopping is accessible round the clock. As the timer ticks, more bidders will join in the auction, bidding more and more, increasing the item price by 1 cent each time they bid, losing 25 cents every time (both numbers vary with the sites).
Products bought online or the ones purchased on a trial basis and with a money-back guarantee use the USPS parcel post. Most stores will accept refund as long as the item is in its original packing, and you have the confirmation slip. Complex procedures, incomplete information on product or shipping and exchange policy, lack of good customer services and much more can contribute to higher shopping cart abandonment rates.