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From Retailer Magazine Apps to Virtual Window Shopping

 - Jan 8, 2012
These online shopping sensations put emphasis on society's reliance on social media. Many are surfing the web, working online, running errands online and often skipping out on in-store visits by shopping online.

Virtual shopping platforms range from interactive websites to time-saving technologies. Interactive phone and tablet apps allow users to shop on the go while virtual mannequins and fitting rooms help buyers decide on desirable items.

From socially conscious shopping networks to luxury online purchase platforms, online shopping is proving more convenient and addictive than in-store buying. While offbeat online markets aim to sell distinctive items, fair trade virtual sites hope to raise awareness, hoping to contribute to a greater cause.

Whether one is searching for a gift, a singular clothing item or even an investment piece like a car, online shops are proving that nothing is impossible when it comes to the virtual marketplace.