Purchase of building materials via the Internet. Does it make sense? What can we gain by using the online offer? In recent years, we have seen dynamic development of online stores. This tendency also affected the construction industry. Online stores offer numerous building materials, tempting with large selection options and an attractive price. Is it worth being interested in such a solution? We check the benefits and possible threats. Online shopping solutions for the future? Online stores with building materials stand out with the versatility of choice. By searching the resources of the network, we can easily find tiles, lavatories or construction chemicals with the corresponding parameters. The choice is so big that every consumer will find a solution tailored to their own needs and financial capabilities. Choosing a purchase via the Internet, we gain the ability to quickly verify prices and efficient product comparison. In almost every online branch store, we find construction materials from an economical, intermediate and also a luxury price shelf. The ability to quickly compare and trouble-free purchase of selected goods makes online stores an interesting alternative to traditional purchases. A cost effective way to save money. There is no doubt that the Internet gives us the opportunity to quickly compare rates in many places. We can take advantage of price comparison websites or analyze sales offers ourselves. The possibility of efficient comparison makes us able to choose the product at the best prices. It is worth remembering that the cost of purchasing the same building materials may differ by up to several percent. Comparing prices in stores requires the sacrifice of much more time and effort on the part of the client. Therefore, it will not be a convenient solution for overworked people who do not want to spend a few hours on commuting and browsing offers of subsequent traditional shops. Fast and easy shopping. Quick and easy are the undoubted advantages of online shopping. Every customer can now buy building materials instantly without leaving home. Most online stores already have an extensive user menu, and there are clear descriptions under the pictures of the offered products. It is enough to put the shopping in the basket, choose the payment method and order the goods. Importantly, the most refined solutions and the most attractive prices do not always have large chains, but also smaller stores – such as wholesalers of building materials, which usually offer good purchase prices besides good prices. Thanks to internet shopping, we do not waste time getting to the store. This is particularly important for people who live in smaller towns. In their situation, access to larger DIY stores is very limited, and commuting often takes a few hours. Security and the possibility of returning goods. Online stores may be associated with some risk associated with the delivery of the wrong goods. This is one of the main concerns of people who plan to buy construction materials online for the first time. Fortunately, Polish law provides for the possibility of returning the goods and withdrawing from the contract. If the purchased building materials are not consistent with the description, we can return them to the store. The statutory payback period is 10 business days, however, some stores extend this time for a further several or even several days. And what about the risks? Online shopping has a group of its supporters, as well as opponents. The second group of consumers indicates the risk resulting from the purchase of building materials via the Internet. Fortunately, most of the risks can be easily eliminated. The opponents of online shopping believe that only real contact with the product gives the possibility of full adjustment to your preferences. It is true that the tiles or paints seen on the monitor may have a slightly different color (depending on the monitor settings). This is especially important in a situation where we need a perfect color matching. That is why many people watch building materials in a real warehouse or market. Online shopping is done only after viewing and touching the product, and after analyzing the best price. The inconvenience resulting from online shopping is also the lack of direct contact with the seller. In traditional supermarkets and building depots, you can meet an experienced employee who will help you choose the materials needed for renovation or finishing. Fortunately, more and more online stores are introducing the opportunity to talk with an advisor. Thanks to this, we get valuable advice on choosing the materials we need, and shopping can be a pleasure for us.