This challenge comes from a small writing group. We have a large series of random questions that we answer and share. The goal is to answer at least one per week. My personal goal is to do this for 1 year.
Do you prefer online shopping or in-store shopping? Why?
A Shopping Spree
Let me start by explaining that this group was formed in September of 2019, no idea of a world wide pandemic was even a concept at that time. All these questions were simply looking at a changing world.
Fast forward to 2020 and this question takes on a whole new meaning and resonates with people who never even considered online as an option. (Note to self, check with my non computer comfortable friends and see how they are shopping.) Needless to say, my response to this is very different today than last year.
In today’s world for almost everything but fabric and shoes online shopping is the new winner for me. I tend to spend less online because I can hop from screen to screen and check out all the prices, I can also do this at 3 AM when I can’t sleep because I am worrying about the pandemic. I am not a drunk shopper which some 3 AM shoppers are so no surprises arrive two weeks later. Some friends are on both ends of this scenario, they will remain nameless.
Fabric is hard for me to buy online. A friend once said it was fun to watch me in a fabric store because I shop mostly with my hands. I walk down the aisle with my hands touching on both sides and my second reaction is to color or pattern. So I have to be backed against the wall to buy fabric online.
The other thing is shoes. I have wonky feet and had one surgery and don’t really want more so I do wear the comfy granny type shoes. My granddaughter is the queen of online shoe shopping, before her wedding a shoe box arrived every other day it seemed. She ordered a variety knowing she would not keep them all. Some had to be shipped back but some had returns to their local store. This is a good thing to check when shopping online.
How do you feel about online shopping? I’s a bit sad to see the changes in the brick and mortar shops. I would like to see a world where a mom and pop local store could expect to fill a shop and have walk in traffic. It has been a while since I have been in any remote locations where they have those 10 foot by 25 foot shops that a single person can operate. There is no mall where that fits, if they have a kiosk the rent is usually out of range. So maybe online is the only answer now????