In a world where the convenience of technology is growing more important each day, it’s no surprise that more consumers are starting to do their online shopping on their mobile devices—whether that be cell phones or tablets. Some people still enjoy sitting down at a desktop computer to shop (especially for very full online carts), but nothing beats the ease of shopping on the go.
Mobile commerce has become an ordinary task for many young individuals, but it’s becoming more popular among the general population across the globe as well. In fact, nearly 70 percent of iPhone users in the US have made a purchase on the device. People cite the main benefits of using a mobile device to shop as follows:
- Checking prices at anytime: While you’re away from home, a flash sale may occur or the spot price for a metal you’re wanting to invest in may hit just the right threshold to buy. Carrying a smartphone or tablet gives you the ability to stay connected to this information from any location.
- Redeeming digital coupons: Many retailers offer coupons or discount codes through their site or email newsletters. You can use these to shop online right from your device, or you can show a coupon to a cashier in a brick-and-mortar store without having to print it out at home.
- Securing your information: Unfortunately, anything done online comes with the possibility of your data leaking or being hacked. This happens despite people’s best efforts to install firewalls and avoid clicking suspicious links. And while mobile shopping does not eliminate this risk, it does help reduce it since mobile devices are far less susceptible to malware and other viruses than desktop computers.
The benefits of mobile shopping extend far beyond the ones that are most commonly discussed. Perhaps you wish to buy something that you need within a few days and you forgot to order it while at home. You can simply visit the site on your mobile device and place your time-sensitive order as soon you remember.
Mobile shopping is also a great way to do some price comparison. If you see a desired item in a store, you can perform an online search for it on your phone to see if an online retailer is offering a better deal. The ability to quickly access prices from numerous retailers allows you to make smart purchasing decisions. Additionally, you have quick and easy access to any pictures you have saved on your device of desired items for your reference while shopping.
With this is mind, Provident offers a mobile-friendly version of our site that makes it simple to check spot prices, make a purchase, and read our blog with a few taps on your screen. You never have to miss that great price on a coin, round, or bar so long as you carry a mobile device. And with mobile shopping, you can always take a screenshot of an item you wish to purchase later and use that as a reminder to yourself.
Have you shopped on a mobile device? If so, what’s your favorite part of the process, and what do you wish could be even simpler?