Sunday, May 15, 2011


So,I took a few days to think of ways to get around the shoe shopping drama I talked about in the last blog. I just cannot stand going to a store and not finding what I need or want. I also sometimes have trouble dealing with overcrowded stores around certain times of the year. For example, Christmas is one of those times or black Friday. Coming from a retail background you sometimes loathe going out on days like that. So, I like online shopping, it's convenient and it’s quick. You don't have to waste gas driving to the nearest Macy's or Toys R Us only to find that much desired item is not there! Why not online shop? You do not have to leave home and you can get some amazing deals

When I asked people I know what they think about it I got 3 sides, side a, side B, and Side C. Now, I put them into groups and can talk about each group.

Group A, they don't mind shopping online. They find what they want and where they want it. They said they don't mind shopping online cause they know they can sometimes get a better deal and like getting mail. What a this digital age who would have thought. Most of them shop online mostly for shoes, pet accessories, kids items, purses, clothes, and yes cell phone accessories. They do not feel threatened or insecure about shopping online. And feel perfectly safe, as there is pay pal and other safety precautions when shopping online. The same group also knew which sites are safe to purchase from and which are not. They know how to shop on eBay and Amazon. I know a lot of people in group A, my sister, for example, are in group A. She says she cannot stand shopping in store. She hates the crowds and the waiting in line and shuffling around. She prefers shopping online because she knows she can get what she wants quickly without getting all the other stuff or taking an hour to get out. People like this love to shop online for the quickness, and the lack of people. I asked someone else and they said coupons and deals come easier online. For them clicking on coupons is fun and they are saving. Who wouldn't love to get free shipping and 15% percent off?!

Then there was group B, good old fashioned group B. These people didn't feel so safe shopping online. These same people think that everyone will steal any information take out millions in credit cards and shop away at the nearest gas station. Where the thief will undoubtedly buy Cheetos, mountain dew and scratch off tickets. I can understand their worry. I have myself had my card taken and someone bought a shirt at some store, there is a thing called fraud protection. LOVE IT. Anyway, I asked some of these people what another reason for their hesitation about shopping online, even from sites like Target or Best buy. Their replies were almost all the same. I asked several different people on several different occasions. Their response was one word, touch. They want to touch the item; they want to feel it in their hands. They want to smell it, think candles here or cosmetics. They want to try it on and see it in person. No matter if it’s a comforter set or a pair of Jimmy Choo's, they have to hold and feel. It is a sense of ownership, as I had learned from being a sales person for what seemed like a million years. In one training class a lady said, Customers like to hold things and get that sense of ownership, so hand them the product let them hold it, and they will buy it. For people in group B this is gospel.

Then last but not least Group C. This is the more grey area group. One way or another they can do both. These people do not mind going into stores and also have no fear of buying things from online sites like

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These people said that they did not care one way or another. They do their shopping in store and like to hold things like group B, but did not mind going online to find a better deal. Convenience is what can be the driving point for Group C. I asked people how they felt about shopping online and V.s in store shopping. A lot of times with group C it is middle ground. A lot of "either way' and "doesn't matter" or "I don't care shopping in store or at home is all the same to me" That is group C.

The other thing about shopping online is this, saving time and money. Gas is getting outrageous and who has the time to get to the mall? For this you may want to shop online. If you drive a gas guzzler pay attention FREE SHIPPING! There are a lot of reputable shopping sites that will do free shipping. Some is a certain amount and others are not. So what if you have to wait 5 to 7 business days. You are saving time and money.Sites like these

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Now you will see that there are a lot of times coupons on the adds or a link for coupons under the add or banner add. This takes you to the site and allows you to use the coupon. Or if you have to enter it in I write it down, as I am forgetful. Some pages just have text links. Text links like this:
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A lot because I just love shoe shopping and love their service.
But, whether you shop online or in the stores, it is all a matter of preference. It is a matter of convenience and most important saving money. So, with that here are some more great savings for you savvy shoppers out there shopping online.

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