Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Lets Talk Shopping

Once upon a time I couldn't wait for the weekend to come round.  I would head into town with a bestie in tow, or alone if I was on a serious shopping mission, and arrive home with bags and bags of goodies.  Not quite on the scale of Blair Waldorf and certainly not the same shops but you get the picture.  Somewhere along the line the internet has replaced my weekly shopping trips and I for one am glad.  Since the advent of broadband internet shopping has come on leaps and bounds.  I no longer have to live for the weekend to get my shopping buzz,  I can get it 24/7 from the comfort of my own home.  No more dirty, crowded changing rooms.  No more queueing because the store decided they only needed to open two checkouts on a Saturday.  No more achey feet from traipsing around many stores only to go back to the first one and buy the first dress you tried on ;)  I can spend my weekends doing lunch or a leisurely coffee or two and actually catching up with my nearest and dearest.  All whilst wearing the stuff I bought online that week which was delivered the very next day for less than the price of a car park ticket.

Most online stores offer free returns so if the item arrives looking nothing as expected you haven't lost out.  You can try it on in flattering light and see if it works with those shoes you bought it to go with.  Stores such as asos do most of the hard work for you, their catwalk feature lets you see how the fabric moves and how it fits the model which will give you some idea as to how it will look on you.  If even the model doesn't look that great, don't bother!   There are also lots of online only stores now such as asos, half of my wardrobe has been bought from them and whilst I used to wish they had some actual stores I am now glad they don't.

I do still pop to the shops, but if there is something specific I want most stores now allow you to check the stock online before you go.  This is so, so useful.  If you are a store and you don't offer this option yet please, please consider it.  There is nothing worse than wanting an item and not being able to find it in store.  I do like being able to wander around a store and touch different fabrics as I go but this just isn't a fun experience at the weekend.

The one thing I do miss is the element of surprise.  I no longer visit most high street stores hoping to find an undiscovered gem.  I check the new arrivals most days so usually know their stock before it has even hit the stores.  Guess that's a small price to pay.  Are you an online convert like me or do you still prefer the thrill of shopping instore and stumbling across that must have item?

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3 comments:

  1. I was just talking about this very topic with my husband yesterday. Like you, I do most of my shopping online. I just find it so much easier and brands like asos make it so hassle free. When I do go shopping I usually know what's in store from browsing online and I am usually looking for something specific that I have seen online. Whist there's plenty of things I don't miss about shopping in store I do really miss that buzz of a spontaneous purchase and there is something more exciting about buying something in store and having it straight away that I do miss.

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  2. I sort of like traipsing around the shops, but I do find that I've fallen into a bit of a rut of which shops I visit in my local town, and in what order. I do that if I'm not looking for something specific, otherwise I tend to either order online or use the click and collect option, although I do begrudge having to pay a few quid to pick my item up from a shop, when they'd have a lorryload going to that store anyway!

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  3. I do buy A LOT online but I still like popping in town to try something on! I can't buy footwear online because I'm a dodgy half size so I guess I'll always need to go into a store. I agree, stock checkers are a lifesaver. I enjoy a good wanter around stores like Primark and TK Maxx too!

    Tara xo

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