This IELTS Writing Task 2 post is about ‘online shopping and its merits and demerits’. Here, I’ve discussed the advantages and disadvantages of virtual/online/e-shopping and presented a model answer on this Task 2 question. This model answer can guide you to write an answer to any online shopping related essay.
Let’s have a look at the question we are going to discuss today.
The language of this task 2 question can be different in different exams.
Here’s another example of the same question:
An increasing number of people are buying what they need online.
What are the advantages and disadvantages for both individuals and companies to shopping online?
Nowadays, e-shopping or shopping online has an increasing trend among shoppers. It has both positive and negative sides. First, we need to make a plan for writing on this topic.
Here’s a short plan that may help you.
Planning and organisation:
Here is how I’ve planned the essay with a 4-paragraph structure:
- Introduction: topic + thesis (2 sentences can be sufficient):
Introduce the topic – ‘online shopping getting more popular’. Then write a thesis on how you are going to show that there are some positives and negatives of the issue.
- Body paragraph on the reasons behind virtual shopping being so popular:
You can write about straightforward ideas e.g. people get more convenience, and availability or choice of products. Give some real-life examples here.
- Body paragraph on the negative sides of online shopping:
Again, present some very general ideas e.g. customers get cheated and people become more isolated. Give some real-life examples here too
- Conclusion: restate your ideas
Online shopping has both advantages and disadvantages. You can give your personal opinion on how the disadvantages can be reduced.
Now let’s take a look at the model answer.
Model answer: expected band score – 7.5 to 8.0
In recent years, the rate of in-store shopping has plunged due to vast opportunities for buying different products including daily necessaries from hundreds of online stores. This essay will try to demonstrate chances such as convenience and product availability as the reasons behind the popularity of e-shopping whereas it will focus on swindling and isolation as the pitfalls of this issue.
Initially, the prime reason behind the popularity of e-shopping is convenience which can be easily understood from the thousands of virtual shops all over the world. To illustrate, people nowadays are busier than ever because of the fast pace of the world and they want to save as much time as they can for relaxation. Virtual shopping gives this magnificent prospect of time-saving and so people enjoy taking it. Besides, superstores sometimes run out of products in the precise moment when people need them which online shops rarely have this crisis. For instance, I needed a flat-screen monitor a few months ago but my local store had it out of stock. When I peeped into some online stores I found it easily on eBay.
Meanwhile, though shopping on the internet looks very promising, it is not without its setbacks. Many people, mostly the newcomers, regularly complain of getting tricked on virtual shopping and the rate of complaints is increasing at a faster rate. To explain, one of my friends has recently got swindled when he paid in advance for a smartwatch. Additionally, people often become isolated in their rooms through e-shopping which can affect their feelings and behaviour. As an example, a friend of mine started shopping online a couple of years ago even though the nearest superstore was only 500 metres away. His neighbours, nowadays, describe him as an ill-mannered and antisocial person which, needless to say, is the result of being home and becoming isolated from the outer world.
In brief, virtual shoppers obtain greater benefits if compared to in-store shoppers. Converting such shopping to a stress-free experience, it is turning out to be progressively more convenient. However, as clients may sometimes get deceived and become cut off from the social world, concerned authorities should look into the matter cautiously.
Here are some other Task 2 questions which can be answered taking help from the given essay example on online shopping:
- Some people support online shopping because it is convenient, while others argue that shopping on the internet poses threats. Discuss both views and give your opinions.
- Nowadays on-line shopping has become more popular than in-store shopping. Is it a positive or a negative development?
- Nowadays many people go shopping in their free time. Shopping has replaced many other activities that people used to choose as their hobby. What are the reasons for this? Is this a positive or negative development?
If you have written any answer to this question, you can post it in the comment box and we can discuss about it in details.
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