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13 January 2018

SHOPPING


I am one of those people paving the way to getting rid of shops. As we all know, shops are closing left, right and centre because more shopping is done on line. In my present situation I don’t have much choice. Without the ability to shop on line I would starve. Once upon a time I only did one on-line weekly shop in order to have heavy groceries delivered, now it is a case of starvation avoidance. I have had to rethink my domestic arrangements because of an inability to get out and about.

On-line shopping is my saviour. Through it I have found that I can have cat-food delivered along with heavy boxes of litter. And then, of course, there’s Amazon, now known as THE place to shop. Whatever I want I seem to be able to get through Amazon. Even cat food, although I haven’t done that yet as it comes with the weekly grocery. 

I ran out of shampoo the other day and, damn and blast, the hairdresser no longer stocks that particular brand. With my fine hair I avoid what I call ‘heavy’ shampoo and the one I was using was perfect for me. I had no choice but to look on Amazon and, of course, there it was. It is now on route from the US in record time. Is there anything Amazon doesn’t sell?

Henceforth you need never run out of reading material, games, pins, needles, sewing implements, bedlinen, household implements, furniture, invalid cars, food, clothing, shoes (Skechers especially), underwear, outerwear, medicines, flea remover, paint……... need I go on?

15 comments:

  1. I will miss store shopping where you a=can touch and see products better, but most will soon go away. Progress, always some good and a little bad.

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  2. I've been a loyal Amazon customer since back in the 90's. I probably did 95% of my Christmas shopping online. With free delivery and nearly everyone offers that, it beats the price of gas. And I love the convenience. Sitting at my computer I can visit dozens of stores in the time it would take to drive to town.

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  3. Me too, Janet, but hitheto purchases were spasmodic and less essential. Now I can only shop to on line and I love it.

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  4. DH does the weekly shopping, but online shopping is getting popular with me too, and not just for Christmas. It is a help for the UPS guy to bring in the 30# bag of dog food instead of DH! Mark brings it right into the back hall for me, yes, we are on a first name basis, lol.

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  5. Yes Valerie, that is absolutely the BEST advantage to shopping online, for anyone who does not have easy access to driving/walking to a store in order to purchase things.

    But as you said, online shopping is slowly making shops disappear because many people, even those who can drive or walk, find it easier to simply shop online.

    However, the retail business I'm in, still (thanks heavens) draws foot traffic business because people enjoy coming in and touching, smelling and seeing things before they purchase them. What I sell is very sensory; therefore, it often requires one-on-one contact.

    Have a faaaaaaaabulous weekend, my friend!

    X to you and Charlie

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  6. Valerie I actually did all of my Christmas shopping online this year, Amazon is definitely the place to buy almost anything that you want including groceries now, I am afraid brick and mortar shops are going to be a thing of the past sooner than we think.

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  7. Joeh, I used to love browsing in shops, sadly no more. Mingling with other shoppers is what I miss most.

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  8. Sharon, most of our delivery men are helpful. I treasure that. This last Christmas I bought all my Christmas cards on line, including the special ones for close family.

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  9. Ron, you are right. Oh how I remember searching for absolutely the right perfume as well as chats with the assistants but even those things can be purchased on line (the product, not the assistant!). The negative side is not being able to sniff a new perfume.

    Hope your weekend is going smoothly x

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  10. Jimmy, it struck me that the trouble with on-line shopping is that we will turn into a jobless society, one that doesn't know how to communicate with other human beings on a casual basis. Sad!

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  11. Amazon is my go-to place (along with Walmart) for online shopping. My Mom is quite lucky to have me around to do her grocery shopping and all other little errands.

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  12. kden, I have to admit that I love Amazon. As a company they sure have it made!

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  13. You have made some very good points about the pros and cons of online shopping vs. shopping directly at stores. I am not a fan of shopping at malls and so things for the grandchildren were purchased via Amazon. However, I did buy them some flannel wear at a local retail store, so it was split up. Like you, I also buy my favorite brand of shampoo (Aveda) online at Amazon because it too can be harder to buy except at beauty salons and in the mall, which I hardly visit.

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  14. Amazon is amazing, I buy everything from light bulbs, toothpaste to rat poison from them! I don't use Prime as I find there are always enough things I need, to take the order up to £20 and get free delivery.

    I think more shops should close to make way for more houses as there is such a shortage. The last few years I have done all my Christmas shopping online , and apart from cards and wrapping paper I never went near the shops. So no problems parking and queues etc.

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  15. Joe, I never thought of buying enough to qualify for free delivery. Tut tut! I did, however, buy Christmas and birthday cards which is something I have never done before.

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