December 11, 2012

One Swift Click

I'm pretty sure that one day retail stores will be gone. Well, no one will ever replace grocery stores and people will always want to try on clothes before they buy. But aside from those two exceptions - and Amazon and Apple product demo stores - brick and mortar retailers are doomed.

I did all my Christmas shopping on Sunday night. Beth and I threw all the stuff we heard our kids show some amount of enthusiasm for into a wish list, ran it through the parental filter that detects pieces of crap and things that'll take out an eye, and, with one swift click, ordered everything. I was notified throughout the day that our items were in various states of shipment. I'll start seeing boxes on the front stoop tomorrow evening.

I love giving gifts. I just hate the process of acquiring them. So do most people, with the exception of those who line up around big box stores at 2:00 in the morning to score Black Friday deals. I'm not one of those people.

How do you shop? And what's the future of retail?

Posted by Chris at December 11, 2012 7:51 AM

I am with ya on this one. I did all my shopping online with the exception of one item. I could have bought it online but I was at the store for something for me so I bought it too. I am impressed with how fast I am getting stuff. Amazon is amazing! Most annoying thing, is some stores are offering great deals but only online or only in the store. Hate that!!!

Posted by: linda at December 11, 2012 8:27 AM

Brick & mortars aren't going anywhere. Granted, we did about 2/3 of our Christmas shopping online, but that was only for items that we didn't need to see/hold/try on, etc. I can comfortably buy a book/movie/toy, etc online, but I'm not going to do that with clothing or anything electronic. For me it comes down to a dollar value point. Anything under $50, I'll buy online, but if its over that, I've got to see it in person first.

Posted by: J at December 11, 2012 9:11 AM

Same here! My hubby took it one step further with our teenage kids-- they have to send their Wish List via email and include links! It removes the stress from holiday shopping which has allowed me to actually *gasp* enjoy the season.

Posted by: leslie at December 11, 2012 9:12 AM

I'm about 50/50 this year...I've had years where I didn't step a foot into a store but for one or two items, but this year, I found that the best prices for some things have been at the brick and mortar stores.

I am a bit miffed with Amazon - some of the toys that are 'hard to get' this year are at Amazon, but marked up twice or three times the retail price. Not making me happy with a company I've been with since they were just a bookstore!

I love the giving of gifts too! This is my favorite time of year for many reasons, that being one of them! ;-)

Posted by: cyndy at December 11, 2012 9:20 AM

Since we're still very, very, VERY far away from 100% reliable internet availability in every home and in every pocket (even though sometimes it feels like we're already there), brick & mortar stores aren't going anywhere. It's the same for paper books - until everyone (and that means everyone) can access the internet reliably, there's still a huge need for paper books. And paper money.

That said, I love my Amazon Prime with a fiery passion, along with my debit card and Paypal. :)

Posted by: Susan at December 11, 2012 9:22 AM

I shop online as much as possible. Except Target. I can't stay away for some reason.

Posted by: akofaolain at December 11, 2012 9:41 AM

I'm with you. People are amazed I have been done with my Christmas shopping for a while now and I can't figure out why. Amazon Prime is a thing of beauty - we get a box from them nearly every other day since we order household staples as well as gifts. Love shopping online, it makes things sooo much easier!

Posted by: Ashley at December 11, 2012 10:02 AM

This year I have done a ton of online shopping. I' an Amazon Prime member and so they got almost all of my business.

Posted by: Maribeth at December 11, 2012 10:13 AM

Amen. That is exactly how we do it too. Amazon, wish list, buy now, free shipping. An all around win!

Posted by: natalie at December 11, 2012 11:52 AM

My wife orders all of her clothes online. We order our groceries online and have them delivered. I've never looked at an Apple product in-store before buying it. Some of your exceptions might not be exceptions! We're nearly 100% online across the board. Our front doorstep is a danger zone during Christmastime!

Posted by: James Proffitt at December 11, 2012 12:33 PM

I normally love to shop in real stores. But this year, I just flat ran out of time. Between a trip for Thanksgiving, a trip the week after, my oldest daughters birthday and the fact that we're doing Christmas early. Yeah. No time. Almost everything I did was from Amazon and Target online, with a few other stores mixed in there. Basically I only bought wrapping paper in a store.

Posted by: Issa at December 11, 2012 1:04 PM

you might be right. and i do do plenty of online shopping. but i love good local shops. i will shop wherever i can avoid crazy parking and lines and crowds, whether that means a neighborhood shop or online.

Posted by: kati at December 11, 2012 9:09 PM

When I was in LA, why would I try to get anywhere without a car if it wasn't going to be enjoyable. ;) (And no need for Amazon, I can even buy from smaller companies and get products that are eco friendly.)

Posted by: alektra at December 11, 2012 9:12 PM

Cosplay Costumes

Posted by: sunny at December 11, 2012 10:13 PM

I, too, am an Amazon Prime Member/Fan so I did/do 90% of my shopping online. The other 10% I make sure I head to our little downtown area and hit the mom & pop shops. The holiday season can make or break them and they do have unique items I really couldn't get anywhere else.

Posted by: Jenny at December 12, 2012 8:14 AM

We do 90% of all our shopping online. Clothes shopping, we do mostly in person.

All I bought in stores this Christmas was party gifts and gift cards. Everything else was done from wish lists and bought online.

Posted by: One Mom's Opinion at December 13, 2012 6:28 PM