I’m sure we all dabble in online shopping, it’s the main way we consume material goods in this generation. It’s a fantastic way to support artists and designers that aren’t normally in mainstream stores, but online shopping does have its flaws, quite a bit I might add. Online shopping can be the worst in many ways, it can drain our pockets and our self-esteem. Hopefully, with these points, you’ll be able to make the decision if it’s really worth shopping online when you could just make a fun trip to visit stores you love at your own pace. Saving money the whole way as well and time!
After reading this list I hope we all learn a few things when it comes to being very careful how we spend our money online! Online shopping is great if it’s going to the right place, but there are quite a few benefits to being in a store and being able to take in the surroundings, the quality of materials and trying on new things you never thought you’d actually like! Being able to make sure you fall in love with a unique garment before impulse buying is the whole theme of this article and hopefully, we can ban the online shopping vice we seem to have developed over the past few years. With that said, will you be trying to go out more and getting that perfect item you’ve been wanting for ages, or will you be sticking to the online shopping way?
Being able to see and feel the quality is one of the first major bonuses to shopping in real life and not on the internet. You can feel how soft or rough a fabric is when it might look the opposite to how it feels. When you actually take the time to visit a store you love, you have more of a chance to fall in love with an item of clothing that is physically there, rather than mindlessly shopping on the internet while relying on the small two sentence description when it comes to figuring out what the material actually feels like. If I were to buy a chunky knit sweater, I generally would prefer that that item of clothing be soft and comfy! But if I choose to buy online, I risk that that specific wool they use will be scratchy and uncomfortable to wear for longer than a minute! I rather take the time of finding a quality material that lasts and feels great.
It’s so much fun going to a beautifully designed store and just immersing yourself in the moment. Feeling the beautiful fabrics, talking to the great staff, and falling in love with unique pieces of clothing. More and more online businesses are setting up brick and mortar stores around the country to close the gap between online and real life shopping, that means there are more unique items available to you just like online! Being able to explore a new store and grab a coffee after is just pure heaven. It’s an amazing way to spend a Saturday morning as you casually make your way through the aisles! A major part of the shopping experience for me is to be present, in the moment, and in the beautiful environment, it gives so much more meaning to the pieces you pick out and you have a memory of the relaxing day as well!
13. Trying Things On
Having the chance to try on whatever you want from a store is another amazing benefit to shopping in real life and not on the web! You can see how the piece of clothing fits you and how it hangs, if it’s too small or too big! Everyone’s body is so different, even if we’re the same height and weight of a model on a website, our bodies are all shaped differently thanks to our genetics. The same weight and height body can even be different sizes, so it’s best to try on what you can to make sure it’s really worth your money! Being able to try on a dress makes all the difference in the world. I find that when I shop online, I rarely buy anything but tops and loose fitting clothes just to be safe because I know from experience that many dresses and pants are very unique in how they fit my body so I rather not waste the money.
12. Spam Emails
Don’t even get me started on the spam emails. When I was addicted to online shopping I would get so many spam emails that just started from innocent discount emails until they spiraled out of control. So badly I even had to change my email because even if I unsubscribed I couldn’t get them to stop! It was horrible! Another big reason why I love the joys of shopping in the real world, being able to shop in peace. While some might think that shopping online gives you the ultimate comfort because it’s in your own home, I’d have to disagree. Being able to be there and have an experience is what’s most important to me! Forget the spam emails and just enjoy the day out on the town!
11. Mindlessly Spending
Online shopping makes it very possible to spend more than you set as your budget, with constant flashy deals and sales, and most importantly how easy it is to shop! Being able to shop from your phone, tablet, and computer anywhere in the house makes the process too easy, so easy in fact that you’ll just end up spending more than you even should. You’ll end up buying that hat you probably will never wear because it’s just too small for your head or those shoes that just hurt your feet. I suggest going to a store and actually taking the time to try things on to see if they really do suit you. Things look so much better online than they do in most circumstances in the real world. Like I mentioned above, we’re all different, we all have different things we like and things we don’t like, how can you tell if you’ll be in love with a piece of clothing if you can’t experience it all first.
10. Meaningful Connections
Having a meaningful connection with a piece of clothing is a sure way to make sure you will actually wear it if you buy it. You might think I’m crazy but when you shop online there is actually quite a big disconnect between the love you feel between a new piece of potential clothing and yourself. Most people feel some sort of “falling in love” with an item of clothing when they see it and that usually only truly happens when you’re in person and can experience the item overall. Having a meaningful connection between a piece of clothing is usually what helps me save money and time since I refuse to buy anything unless I really do love everything about it and can see myself actually wearing it.
9. Companies That Steal
Many online companies have flourished the last few years since their rise to fame and established a reputation, but many brands have shown that what goes on behind closed doors aren’t that nice. Not naming any names, but many companies that are very popular these days do have very shady backgrounds and even copy other indie artists. Stealing their shirt designs even stealing basically exact copies of jewelry and other custom goods, turned into mass-produced BS! Many artists have banded together to fight against these big name companies, good for them! A quick Google search will show you where to head if you want to voice your opinion and also see which companies are stealing from artists. Artists deserve better and deserve to get the recognition for the amazing and brilliant work they create. That’s their livelihood that someone is simply taking and getting away with it and most important profiting from it.
8. Trying New Styles
The possibilities are endless when you go shopping, you have countless opportunities to try on anything you want without the obligation to buy the piece of clothing! This gives you the chance to try anything you want and things you wouldn’t normally think of even looking at! For example when I started going out to shop more I noticed that I seemed to be a bit more open-minded when it came to my style, being able to see the good quality of something was enough to draw me in and because of that I started to realize I actually like mustard yellow, when I normally wouldn’t even go near that color! Ever since then I’ve been trying to convince people to give shopping in the real world another chance because it really is an experience in itself!
7. Wasting Time
When you sit around on your computer all day looking at 50 percent off sales and countless websites full of things you do not really need, you are really missing out! You just end up wasting time when you do this, because when you are out in the world shopping, not only are you shopping but you are getting fresh air, exercise, and also socializing! These are all things we should do every day and while this is not me telling you that you should go out and shop because it is healthy for you but I will say that it is much better for you than sitting around on the computer!
“The terrible thing about the Internet and Amazon is that they take the magic and happy chaos out of book shopping. The Internet might give you what you want, but it won’t give you what you need.” – Tom Hodgkinson
6. Buying Extra
Simply for the free shipping!
I constantly find myself in the position of being 15 dollars away from free shipping on many sites and I’m sick of it, because after a while, I just end up with things I don’t want because I thought to myself that free shipping is a pretty good deal, but at the same time, you could just walk out of your house and head to the mall and buy exactly what you wanted without having to buy unnecessary things or deal with free shipping! Which one is better? We’ll I’d have to say that going out and doing it yourself will save more money in the long run and also give you more benefits than just sitting around. Plus you get your items you bought instantly, I much prefer that opposed to just waiting around a week for my order! You don’t have to buy extra of anything when you shop in the real world!
5. Sketchy Companies
Retailers that operate out of massive warehouses and exploited workers and children are sometimes who you’re buying from if you don’t do the right research. Many companies are constantly getting away with not only stealing other smaller artist’s work but also exploiting the industry in other countries. Hiring workers that will work for barely nothing because it’s better than nothing, while not given any job benefits or even enough to barely survive. This, in turn, forces children to work for the family and overall just turns into a very bad situation. I highly suggest you look up the stores you constantly buy from and learn how things work, a better way to go about online shopping if you’re looking for something that can’t be normally found in a mall would be to buy from artists and craft makers on sites like Etsy. There are tons of categories that cover everything you could ever want even baked goods!
4. Creepy Ads
Having your computer tally up where you shop, your size, and spending habits is a bit too much. I rather just go out on the town for a day and keep my identity safe. I’ve heard countless stories from family members and friends that because they used their bank card on a site, a month later a mysterious 300 bucks just vanishes because it turns out that site got hacked! Then the whole process of getting a new card and pin starts all over again, who wants to deal with that? I much prefer to keep my personal info to myself and go out and explore for a day, it seems more fun anyway, doesn’t it? Just go in the morning during the week and you’ll be all set to go and you won’t even have to deal with crowds. There are plenty of amazing breakfast places to go in many malls to grab a snack before getting your shop on!
When you’re constantly on your computer, you’ve probably had to deal with tons of distractions, from Facebook to the news, it’s all there within reach, at the tips of your fingers. It’s so overwhelming to know that you can do anything on the web, you can learn anything and also buy anything! While that is amazing technology that I’ve grown very thankful for, we also have to remember that time is seriously precious. Wasting time browsing sites for stuff we don’t need is a waste of time. We could be spending that time doing fun things that actually make us happy. Spending time with loved ones or even reading a book we’ve had on our to-do list for ages. Either way, if you limit your online shopping to things you seriously need, or just wait to go out and get it, you’ll see that you’re saving tons of time and energy!
2. Shopping Drunk
Being able to open your computer and just buy hundreds of dollars worth of junk simply because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Being able to browse drunk is even more scary! Like I mentioned above, being able to shop online is a great thing in most cases if you use moderation, but because it’s seriously so easy, it’s extremely easy to make some regretful mistakes. For example, shopping drunk is a seriously scary thing, by the next morning you check your bank account that’s in the negative is seriously enough stress to give you a heart attack. Avoid this by shunning your bad habit, don’t let yourself fall into the trap of drunk shopping and just get in the habit of going out when sober so you can have your mind in the right order and fully understand what you’re doing and buying! Honestly, most things people do on the computer while drunk are just plain embarrassing!
1. The Experience
Missing out on the experience of a shopping day is one of the worst things! You’re completely missing out on the sights and sounds.
The whole experience of planning a day of shopping is probably actually more fun than buying the things you’re shopping for. Just make sure you are buying things you actually need and sure enough, you’ll have a fun time. Plan a day with your friends or family and make a whole day out of it, before you know it, you’ll realize how much fun it really is to actually go out and be active in the process, opposed to just laying around in sweats all day buying things you don’t actually need!
“Shopping with friends is a great way of still enjoying the thrill of the chase without having to make a purchase. It can also be a real bonding opportunity. Helping your friend find something nice is just as rewarding as helping yourself.” – Sophie Kinsella