You may remember many many moons ago I wrote a post about the perils of a shopping trip to Boots. Well today I bring you the general version of that. Because 750+ blog posts later I am now rehashing old ideas. Well it’s not just at Boots where shopping woes and mishaps can happen, especially now we are in the age of internet shopping. The humble shopping centre is still one of my favourite places to shop, when they’re quiet though. Some of my favourite centres are of course Trinity in Leeds, Liverpool1 & the Metro Centre in Gateshead. But why do I always go back to the shopping centre when I can get everything online now?
ONLINE SHOPPING CAN BE THE DEVIL, I TELL YA.
I cannot tell you how many items I have in my home that are useless but it’s too much hassle to return. Yes, places like ASOS make it super easy to return something if you pay for the premier (which I do cos I’m all about that ‘I NEED MY SHOES NOW GODAMMIT’ next day delivery life). But if it’s just a standard place I have ordered from trying to return something is like trying to find a hot single guy in his 30s who doesn’t have mummy issues or live with his nan. First up you have to keep the returns label, which is always hidden in all the junk flyers they stuff in to your parcel, then you have to find a shop that accepts that courier which is always the other side of town & shuts at 3.39pm each day. Once you have managed to drag yourself away from Netflix to leave the house & find the returns shop, then starts the wait… waiting for them to receive it…. waiting for them to process it… waiting for them to decline the return… waiting for your tweet complaining about them to go viral… waiting.
So much easier when you can just bob to the local shop and return it in person. My tip is if the company has a physical store, just buy it there.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN I HAVE TO MAKE MY OWN COFFEE?
You know what it’s like; you’ve spent your morning browsing, adding to basket, removing from basket, adding to wish list… The next thing you know it’s been 4 hours and you’re dying of thirst and could really do with some halloumi fries to take the edge off. But, when you’re online shopping the chances are you’re at home (still in bed cos YOLO), and ain’t no one gonna be making those halloumi fries but you missy. This is why I love a good shopping centre, everything is there all under one roof for you, and after a hard morning of deliberating over whether you need another pair of mules (you do, FYI) it’s nice to grab a coffee, do some people watching, have some cheese.
There are some down sides to IRL shopping though, so here’s some tips:
- Wear comfy shoes – there’s nothing worse than achy feet after hours of shopping
- Take a tote – just in case it rains, we have all seen what happens to Primark bags in a drizzle
- Go wild – look in shops you might usually dismiss, you never know what treasures you’ll find
What’s your favourite thing about shopping in an actual shop instead of online?