Why I don’t order online

Browsing through a store, looking at all that is offered, is my preferred way of shopping. Especially if I am not crystal clear on what I want. If I know exactly what I want, then I want to walk into a store, see the product, buy it, and leave. It’s also when I know exactly what I want, like a certain book title, that I’m more willing to shop online. Even with the book, though, roaming through a bookstore, finding other titles, makes me happy. It’s not easy to shop this way when doing it online.

Recently I realized that the rugs by the back door and in the kitchen need to be replaced. I bought them when we had the apartment in San Francisco, and I’ve certainly gotten good use of them. They are ready to be replaced. No sooner had I voiced that need, did Target send me an email for a sale on rugs. I know that my phone listens to me and sends messages to the various places I shop. This has happened before.

I glanced through the rugs. Terry took some measurements for me. I found one that would match the gold appliances in my vintage kitchen. It was fairly inexpensive, too, and because I am a Red Card member, I get free shipping. It looked to be the deal for me. Until…I clicked on buying it and found out I cannot get in any of the local stores (that’s okay, just send it to me), nor is it in stock to ship to me. WHAT?? All that fitzing and futzing only to be told, can’t have it.

This is why I don’t shop online. All those pages of scrambling back and forth. Picking the color, the size, the quantity. Then getting to the checkout only to find, it’s not available. I’ve had this happen with Talbots, too. And these are stores I like. Imagine how I would feel about ordering online from stores I don’t know. And don’t mention Amazon. I’m not getting sucked into that craziness. I’ll just wait until I go to a nearby brick and mortar and look at the rugs they have on the shelves.

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6 responses to “Why I don’t order online

  1. It seems online shopping is gaining popularity, what to do.

    • It is very much gaining in popularity, so much so that the brick and mortar stores are closing are a high rate. Our city has built a very large Amazon distribution center that will hire over 400 workers to ship toys, books, and electronics from the center of California to the rest of the state.

  2. That was a disappointment, except that now you do get to shop in person. 🙂

  3. We have had many stores close due to online shopping. It is killing the brick and mortar stores, not to mention putting people out of work!

  4. Small rural Ohio town we lost our locally owned small businesses years ago when The Mall was built about twenty-five miles away. Mall is all but deserted after competing with Walmart . Anchor stores, Sears and Macy’s are closed. At my age I don’t need much new. Glad I don’t have children to clothe. Would hate to have to do that all on line or travel fifty miles or more to take them shopping.
    Genie

  5. I like shopping online because i very much dislike going to the actual shops, but about the shipping thing, had my fair share of stuggles. I can order things from only worldwide shipping sites, because for example, book outlet? Yeah, they as many others don’t ship so far away :/ well, maybe that’s what is best for my wallet, but still. Books in my country is surely not a cheap thing.

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