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Do you rather shop online or in stores? This article might surprised you.

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Poll: Online shopping or brick & mordar? (12 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you prefer to shop online or in stores?

  1. Voted online (9 votes [75.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 75.00%

  2. in stores (2 votes [16.67%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  3. i hate shopping period (1 votes [8.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

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#1 epicwolf


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Posted May 05, 2014 - 09:11 AM

In my marketing class, we did a study of how retail stores and malls have been changing throughout the years. Some said malls and retail stores will be obsolete in the near future due to the internet age and smartphones. Some said it is due to the fact that young people are so technical savy while living in a fast pace society that at times shopping online is much faster and easier then having to go to a store to search for items you wanted. But is that true? Will spending time with your friends or family doing window shopping at a store be gone within 10 years? Will walking down a mom and pop store be ancient history? This article shows that contrary to popular belief, young people actually rather shop in retail stores than online.


I don't know about you guys but I am kind of old school in terms of buying things. I do buy stuff on ebay and amazon but I rarely. I am not much of a shopper so when I need something I just want to have it right away. I hate having to wait for my product in the mail and pay that extra shipping and handling crap. All I do is just go to a retail store and pick it up. I look on craiglist before I look on ebay because I prefer the personal interaction with people instead of wondering if that guy will screw me on ebay by not sending me the item. So I am in that catagory of loving to go to a retail stores and buy things. And I don't need to go to a store and try on clothes. I know my size so I just go in and pick it out. But I'm old school like that. How about you guys?

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Posted May 05, 2014 - 09:27 AM

I only buy online if an item is not available in my area. But I don't think physical shops become obsolete, as that will have an effect of on a town/city's economy and that will greatly affect businesses (online businesses).

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Posted May 05, 2014 - 09:43 AM

I am a hybrid. I usually purchase books and electronics online. Otherwise, I will shop around locally to support small businesses and enjoy fine dining.


I do think that more shopping will be done online in a decade, however. I've still been philosophizing on how 3D printers, as they become more abundant and improve, will affect consumerism and social interaction. There may very well be online stores that sale 3D digital files with a DRM, so that you can only print said file X amount of times. Purchase the object, download it, print it. You avoid shipping costs or having to go out and get it yourself. In addition, businesses will save on costs as well.


Still, I think a sound market will always require physical interaction of some sort within certain sectors. I don't think face-to-face interactions will ever be abolished, but they may decrease as the power of technology increases.



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Posted May 05, 2014 - 11:39 AM

I actually thought older people were the ones more inclined to online shopping, saves time, money, less hassle and so on. Mall shopping was and is more of an experience towards younger people, not to be cliche but you go to a mall, the demographics speak for themselves more times than not.


Plus the kind of shopper, I never liked window shopping, if I went to a mall it was because I was going directly to Foot Locker, Sports Academy, Macy's or whatever and knew what I was going to buy or at least what to look for.

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Posted May 05, 2014 - 12:01 PM

Bestbuy lost quite a bit of money because many people would go to the store to window shop and head home to buy it online.  I accidently voted wrong. I supposed to vote for me wanting to go to the store more. I am in the minority. I enjoy going to a target or wallmart or gamestop or malls whenever i want to buy stuff. I like the interpersonal interactions. Today's generation it seems like they dont know how to interact with people anymore in person.  THe more social media online we have, the less people know how to act socially in real life.

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Posted May 05, 2014 - 12:42 PM

I shop for clothes in stores. Everything else I buy online.

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Posted May 05, 2014 - 12:55 PM

Online. If there's something I want or need, i'll search the web to find the best deals & see if there's any coupons I can use. If I buy something in store, it's usually on my lunch break & I need to kill some time.


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Posted May 05, 2014 - 12:55 PM

if i can find it online, i'll buy for it online

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Posted May 05, 2014 - 01:50 PM

I tend to find amazon is cheaper than anything in stores. Especially if you get free 2 day shipping. 

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Posted May 05, 2014 - 02:37 PM

i basically get everything but clothes, beer, liquor and groceries from amazon...


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Posted May 05, 2014 - 03:18 PM

I buy everything from Amazon. I don't buy suits, ties, and some clothes though. I am 50/50 on clothes. However, this does not mean I do not like going to the mall and look around. I like walking around the outlet and just browse around.When Amazon Fresh rolls out in my city, I will give it a try and see if I should do my grocery shopping online as well.


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Posted May 05, 2014 - 09:12 PM

I buy online because it's all tax free.

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Posted May 05, 2014 - 11:01 PM

I'm a mix. Generally I will buy stuff online if I cant find it around me. 


I like going to stores, though. Even if I don't have money it's fun for me to just look at stuff and maybe find something new I want and have a goal to work towards getting it. Plus it's nice to get out of the house.

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Posted May 06, 2014 - 04:34 PM

I buy online because it's all tax free.

That may very well change soon.


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