Shopping cart

What is it?

A shopping cart is a feature of websites that sell things. Items you select to purchase are gathered until you are finished shopping. Generally, the shopping cart area of the site is identified with an icon of a shopping cart. When you are finished selecting items, you can proceed to checkout and provide your payment information, such as credit card or PayPal.

When you finalise this process, and your items are paid for and shipping details provided, the shopping cart will be empty until the next time you visit the website to purchase again.

Some shopping sites such as supermarkets allow you to temporarily store your basket so you can return to complete the ordering later.

How does it work?

Shopping carts are an ecommerce feature that websites selling products and/or services use to manage the choosing and buying process

Why is it useful?

A shopping cart function in a website is generally a useful feature which allows you to add, delete or change your order before checking out and making payment.

What do you need to keep in mind about your child and using shopping carts?

As using a shopping cart can mean that products and/or services are purchased (so long as someone also has a way of making online payment), it may be a good idea to discuss shopping carts with your child and that they cannot use this function of a website without your permission.

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