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    E-commerce Advantages and Disadvantages

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    Many traditional retail businesses now maintain a Web storefront. Visit the e-commerce site for a retailer whose physical store you have shopped. Go through a sample purchase (no purchase is required) using the shopping cart and various information-delivery features. Analyze five aspects of the transaction, comparing the online experience to a traditional in-store experience. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for each aspect of the online purchase. What ethical or legal issues do you recognize?

    Response should be no less than 2-3 pages (not counting the cover page and references page), supported with credible references and submitted in a APA format.

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    Walmart is the largest retailer on the planet, and I've been able to shop at its locations in two separate countries, which were quite similar experiences. Although I grew up in America and lived there for 28 years of my life, I also lived in Brazil for 5 years after the age of 30, and I was able to shop at Walmart in Brazil, which was an experience that was remarkably similar to my experiences at the retail giant while growing up in America. Nevertheless, I was reluctant to shop online at the retail giant because it was not known for its online presence, and I had previously conducted my online shopping at Amazon and Ebay, two of the largest online retailers in the business who began as online retail pioneers.

    My experience online with Walmart was obviously different than the experience within the store as I was able to neglect having to ...

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    The expert examines the advantages and disadvantages of e commerce versus traditional retail businesses.