It is not common for most people to associate economics with Selling online. Generally, Selling online would be thought to have no real effect on our economic situation, but there are in fact many effects. The sales industry associated with Selling online is actually a 2.3 billion dollar a year industry and growing each year. The industry employs nearly 150,000 people in the United States alone. It would be safe to say that Selling online play an important role in American economics and shouldn't be taken for granted. Local business love the fact that seasonal products are often cleared by online sellers in clearance sales.
After a long time selling online, I've been able to conclude that eCom doesn't negatively effect the environment. Selling online did not seem to result in waste products and couldn't be found in forests, jungles, rivers, lakes, oceans, etc... In fact, Selling online produced some positive effects for me.