As the Internet and online shopping is growing at a very fast pace worldwide, investigating this phenomenon within a South African context is crucial considering that it is a relatively new trend in this country. Typical of new trends and phenomena is the absence of research already conducted, resulting in a lack of existing literature. Very few studies have examined the factors and reasons that entice South Africans to utilise this modern shopping channel, and even less have used an in-depth, qualitative approach. To assist in filling this void, this research study examines people’s reasons for taking up or not taking up online shopping, from a South African perspective. A snowball sampling method was used to identify participants fitting the predetermined sample criteria and in-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with all participants. The theoretical approach used in the analysis was social constructionism. Findings are presented by means of constructions identified during the data analysis, and these indicated that saving time, the convenience of products being increasingly available and accessible and being able to make price comparisons easily are the main advantages of online shopping. Main disadvantages were not being able to touch and feel products, and the absence of a salesperson. Limitations of the research are discussed, along with recommendations for online retailers and future research.
Online innovations have been growing rapidly in the past number of years. The integration of online learning with these technological advancements creates significant challenges in determining how the use of technology can ...
De Swardt, Maray; Wagner, Claire(Unisa Press, 2008)
As the Internet and opportunities for online shopping are growing at a
very fast pace worldwide, investigating this phenomenon within a South
African context is crucial considering that it is a relatively new trend in ...
Kigwana, Ivans; Venter, H.S. (Hein)(Computer Society of South Africa, 2018-07-10)
Some institutions provide online courses to students to ease the courses’ workload. Online courses can also be
convenient because the online course content management software conducts marking of tests and examinations.