Shopping Online: The Way To Go
Do you shop online?
Given the choice between standing in line, listening to children whine, their mothers too busy gossiping to pay attention to them or sitting at home in your pajamas, clicking on product links, fending off the advances of pop up ads, which one would you choose? Honestly? With all of the pros, it is hard to resist the urge to shop online.
When I was younger, I would occasionally bug my mom to allow me to buy a “hard to find” product online using her credit card. Our arrangement was that I would have to show her the item, tell her my reasoning in wanting it and then give her the money. As an adult, I pretty much buy everything (minus toiletries, groceries and the bulk of my clothes) online. While I’m aware that I could easily purchase many of these items at my local stores, the idea of driving to the store and having to deal with other customers is often too much for me to take. It’s not that I’m anti-social or have social anxiety. I do enjoy interacting with other people and am not a hermit by any means. However, there are days when no item, no matter how low it’s priced that day, is worth dealing with certain people.
Who are these certain people? They are the people who leave their cart in the middle of the aisle, blocking the path, and give you nasty looks when you move their cart aside. They are the people who insist upon getting into a “12 items of less line” with a cart filled to the brim. They are the people who tell you to watch where you’re going when they rear end you with their shopping cart. These certain people are all of the customers who casually leave their manners and sense of decency at home.
I am aware of the dangers of online shopping. I know that my identity could be stolen. I know my computer could get a virus. I know that I could max out my credit card on impulse purchases. I know that I’ll have to pay for shipping and that I won’t have it immediately. I know that I very well may have to pay for return shipping when it doesn’t look in person the way it did online. However, all of these risks are worth it when the above is the alternative.
Granted, not all shopping experiences are as awful as I described. I have dealt with nice employees who seemed to genuinely enjoy their job and want to serve me to the best of their ability. While there are many misbehaving children with irresponsible parents, there are also many well-behaved kids (though still balls of energy) who listen to their parents when they are told to calm down. They smile at you and, though you are strapped for time, you gladly stop to talk to them. They make venturing out to stores worth it.
The pace of our society often makes online shopping the best option. We work and work until stores have closed and must go online to make our purchases. Were all stores open twenty-four hours every day, perhaps people would shop online less. However, combined with a lack of time and the desire to not shop with rude people, shopping online seems to be the only way to go.