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Old 03-10-2008, 06:12 PM   #1
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On line shopping

Who does it? What do you shop for? Why??

When I was in my teens, the mall was the place to go. When I was a young mother with small children, the mall was the place to go to get the kids out of the house for a while and not break the bank.

Now....I cannot stand shopping in the mall. I don't like the whole atmosphere any longer. However, I love to shop! I prefer a simple shop on an avenue or street with a front door.

I've also gotten quite familiar with on-line shopping. It started with making a few purchases with Amazon years ago. Now, I buy hot tub supplies, clothes, gift baskets, flowers, even a couple of olive trees this past christmas.

I don't have to battle the traffic or the parking lots. Instead, I get mail! And who doesn't love getting mail? (well, good mail, anyway) Honestly, it saves me so much time, not to mention the gas and mileage on my leased car.

I just ordered 5 dresses (all for the upcoming NOLA trip!). I need new sunglasses, too...but somehow, I just know that is something I'm going to have to try on right on the spot, ya know. Same with shoes...

So, who else like to shop on line?

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Old 03-10-2008, 06:20 PM   #2
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I also hate to shop. Typically I don't shop, which in my mind includes browsing. Rather, I go out to buy what I already know I want.

I buy clothes, computers, electronics, prescription refills, etc. online. My most recent and most expensive online purchase was a 52" LCD HDTV.
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Old 03-10-2008, 06:25 PM   #3
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**huge** online shopper - mostly ebay & amazon. i tend to buy clothes & shoes in the real world, since they're things that one generally needs to try on first. but everything else? right there with ya VB, i *hate* the mall in my non-teenager-age.

couple of years ago i got an amazon.com credit card. it's one of the basic 1% cash-back sorts of cards, only instead of cash, random gift certificates to amazon show up in your mail. talk about getting nice things in the mail, it's like xmas every couple of months. especially considering that amazon now carries everything but pets and perishable foods.

oh, and i am a serious ebay junkie. it's the only way i can affordably feed my jewelry needs!
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Old 03-10-2008, 06:27 PM   #4
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First, I have to say that, even though I'm a female and should have "shopping" genes, I thoroughly dislike shopping. Never really cared for it and, as a result, haven't been a mall person. It's been years since I've been to a mall. Don't even care for grocery shopping either, but that's just me.

When I shop, I much prefer unique, mom-and-pop type stores. I am fortunate here because the downtown section of our "shopping" town has been restored wonderfully and the variety of quaint and unusual shops and merchandise is awesome. I love it and DO enjoy my visits downtown.

My shopping began much like yours, Vera. Amazon. eBay probably started it all though. A lot of the time when Buck and I need something, we'll check eBay first. We've been very successful there.

I, too, enjoy getting good mail and appreciate how easy and trouble-free shopping online can be. As you said, no wear and tear on your vehicle, no expensive gasoline to use up, etc. I particularly like shopping online because I can do it any time night or day and do it wearing my jammies or my birthday suit. Can't do that at the mall!

If I'm considering a serious cookware, etc. purchase I try to touch and feel the item locally, if I can, then search for the best price on the Internet. Things that have to be tried on, well, I usually avoid buying online. I've never been a big fan of returning things.

All our children and grandchildren live very far away, so buying things for them online is especially important, especially when vendors offer free shipping. That's a no-brainer in my book.

Shopping on the Internet is one of today's best conveniences.
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:07 PM   #5
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Unless I'm walking through Kohl's, Kaufmans or someplace trying to find a Christmas present for my sister, who prefers I hand pick something out for her, I only use stores to see merchandise in person. And even that isn't necessary most of the time with all the reviews you can read up on a product with.
Plus you don't have to bag you purchase shopping online!

I know..... I'm an instigator....
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:13 PM   #6
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Scrubs, dog and cat stuff from Fosters and Smith, nick nacks. Other than scrubs I like to do cothes in person. That's about it for me.
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:28 PM   #7
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I buy lots of things online instead of going to a brick and mortar store. A great tool for online shopping is Froogle. I do my comparison shopping using that site.
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:31 PM   #8
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I have never been a shopper, don't drive now, so usually all Christmas and Birthday gifts for my Grandsons are bought through Amazon. So easy - Easter, I will pick up a few summer things for them , other than that-internet shopping is for me !
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:43 PM   #9
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I buy lots of my DVD's and books on line. I order most of them from one website (don't know if I can name it) where I don't have to pay tax or shipping and handling. It sure beats running around looking for these items. As far as clothes are, those I have to buy in the stores (very hard to fit).
My DH buys most of his hardware for his workshop on line. It sure beats the high prices they want to charge you here in town.
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Old 03-10-2008, 08:23 PM   #10
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I had a feeling I wasn't alone in this. Internet shopping is huge. I even bought a spa afternoon for my daughter via their website.

We've even taken to making dinner reservations on line as well.

I still love shopping, especially if I'm on vacation, but never ever in a mall!

And those 'xyz' of the month clubs are great!
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