To Shop or Not to Shop On-line – That is the Question? I am not an on-line shopper – at all. However, after spending an evening with several female friends (they know who they are) I’m wondering if I should be. Over dinner, they listed all the advantages: time saved; never running out of things; catching some great deals; and of course they never pay shipping. So there I sat eating my Salad Niçoise at the Laughing Seed with two women I admire and respect trying hard to figure out what’s up with me that I don’t shop on-line. Weeks rolled by, and I forgot all about that conversation until I grabbed my must-have Deva (curly) hair product only to realize I couldn’t squeeze out one more drop, and I did not have another one stashed away in my closet. I’d have to live with a bad hair day for sure. Digging deeper into this 21st century phenomenon, I started thinking about my big aversion to shopping on-line is and why I find it all so overwhelming.
For starters, I’m on the computer much of my day at work, and then again in my spare time at home working on my book whenever I can, so getting back on the computer to shop doesn’t excite me. It’s not that I’ve never shopped on-line. I admit to buying presents at holiday time for out of town family and friends because I hate packing up presents not to mention the waiting in line at the post office during Christmas time. Another reason I hate shopping on-line is all the popcorn, bubble wrap, shredded paper and boxes I have to deal with from my husband who does shop on-line. The packaging spills all over the kitchen and then it piles up in the garage where I then have to nag my husband to break it all down and schlep it to the recycling bins across town. All that packaging can’t be good for the environment and then what about the carbon footprint? Besides, I still like to touch things and try things on and neither my feet nor my body always fit into the same size. And returns? I really hate that too, re-wrapping and taking it to the post office.
Last Saturday, I was out doing errands – a lot of errands. I think I spent close to 4 hours driving all over town to Trader Joe’s, Pet Smart, the dry cleaners, and worst of all to the Mall to get the Deva product I had run out of, and then finally to the kitchen store to get the Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer Cutter (millions sold in Europe) and I got to thinking about my two smart friends who said they save SOOOOOOOOOOO much time, and what about the price of gas? It’s a dilemma for me. So, what do YOU do? Any advice?