My brother does. When he told me about it, I was like, How is that possible? What about sizing concerns? What about paying for returns? And he told me his frustration with shopping at retail locations as well as the solution he came up with.
10 Reasons Why It Sucks to Shop at Retail Stores
1. You pay for gas to go there.
2. You deal with parking.
3. You deal with crowds.
4. They don’t always have your size.
5. You’re limited by the number of items you can take into the fitting room.
6. You deal with lines in the fitting room.
7. You deal with lines to check out.
8. You don’t have other shoes to try on with a pair of pants, or your other clothes to see if the new item you’re purchasing would work well with what you already have.
9. You deal with having to rummage through stuff if it’s not all sorted out.
10. Sometimes you feel rushed to try things on quickly because there is a line waiting.
Man! After seeing there are TEN frustrating things about shopping at a retail store, my two reasons (sizing and return issues) for not wanting to shop online didn’t seem so bad. Even so, my brother had solutions for those two reasons!
Here’s his secret to shopping online:
1. After he finds the item he wants to purchase, he purchases ALL the sizes (sizing concern be gone!)
2. When the items arrive at his doorstep, whatever sizes don’t fit, he returns in store to avoid shipping costs for a returned item. (return issue be gone!)
The key he says is to shop at places online where there is a local retailer he can return the items. Places like The Gap, Kohls, Old Navy, Express. Anywhere you would normally shop in store.
The benefits of shopping online this way:
1. No sizing concerns if you order one of every size.
2. No shipping/return costs if you return in store.
3. You can play around with what you already have in your closet, try on the item with different pairs of pants to determine if the length is right etc…, try on different accessories with the item. I think this is the best reason to shop online- because you have the ability to try on the new item with the blazer you already have in your closet, or see how well it layers with other items, or to remind yourself what gaps are in your closet. Maybe you have too many navy shirts etc…
4. You don’t have to deal with lines at the store or at the registar.
5. Viewing products online is a lot less tedious and energy draining than sifting through stuff at the store.
6. You don’t have to feel rushed because there is no one waiting to use a dressing room.
7. You don’t have to deal with stores running out of your size.
8. You don’t have to deal with crowds.
What do you think? Do you like to shop online or in store?