Online shopping gaining popularity during MCO

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 21 Jul 2020

JOHOR BARU: The movement control order (MCO) has led to a surge in online shopping.

More people are buying items such as electronic items, video games, clothing and collectibles online instead of visiting stores to get them.

This could be attributed to them wanting to avoid the hassle of restrictions or adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOP) in place under the new normal at public places.

Company director Stephen Goh, 49, said he now bought clothes online for his children.

“I used to take them to shopping centres to buy what they need but do not want to take risks with their health now. Besides, some stores do not allow children aged below 12 into their premises.

“I know the measures in place are to protect the people from the Covid-19 pandemic and will wait before taking them out to crowded places.

“Online shopping allows me to shop in the comfort of my home.

“I save time and as I can return items that do not fit, it is convenient,” said Goh.

Veterinarian Dr Afiq Sazwan Abdul Aziz, 29, is of the same view and prefers buying what he needs online for now.

“I have been doing this since the MCO was imposed on March 18.

“The items are delivered to my doorstep, saving me time and preventing the risk of infection.

“I do not waste time driving out, finding parking space and queuing up,” said Dr Afiq.

Nurul Aisha Mohd Yusoff, 33, who teaches special needs children, said during the MCO many online traders were lowering prices and giving buyers good deals, especially for clothing.

“I bought three sets of baju kurung online and these cost me only RM100.

“This is very affordable, besides being convenient,” she said.

Shop owner Lee Wing Seng, who sells plastic model kits, said most of his customers would ask about a product online before picking it up at the store.

“They do not want to spend time at the store. With details obtained online, shopping is made easier and faster,” he said.

Another shop owner, who only wanted to be known as Tan, said a majority of his customers were now buying items sold at his shop online.

“I have seen a 70% decrease in the number of walk-in customers during the MCO,” he said.

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