I'm not happy with not being able to find things in stores, or there being less brick and mortar stores.
In fact, although I do use Amazon sometimes, I'm trying to use them less and less.
I want to try on clothes and I like to see things and if need be, touch them.
We've ordered items, for example a shredder for compost, which had an obvious design flaw that wasn't obvious until we started using it. The photos don't show all that they should or could.
You're right - no link needed and it's okay to ask the question "off the cuff" like you did...
I keep wondering the same thing. I'm like you... there are certain things I don't mind ordering online, but when I'm buying clothes, shoes and certain other items, I want to go to the store and touch them, feel the fabric, try them on, take a few steps in the shoes, decide whether or not I like them, then pay and take them home with me.
Sometimes, I need something "now" and don't have time to wait 2-3 days for it to arrive in the mail only to find that the color isn't what I thought, it's too long, too big across the shoulders or just doesn't look good on me and have to send it back and find something else.
When I look around my area and see all the shopping plazas being built, I can't imagine a day when there won't be stores in which to shop, but then I notice the stock becoming sparse in some of them and I wonder why they build more stores if the ones we have can't buy adequate merchandise.
I'm old, so I'll probably never see it, but the younger generations seem to want the convenience of having everything delivered to them. They're the leaders of tomorrow so we'll have to see where they take us.
And another one bites the dust. I feel really nostalgic about Toys R Us closing. That was like a showcase for toys! Online is just NOT the same!!
Along with the demise of brick and mortar stores, so goes decent customer service as well. Maybe its just around here, but good grief... try to find someone in a department store that knows anything is hard to do. Try to find someone friendly is even harder to do.
I shop almost exclusively online except for groceries. For example I like a certain brand of shoes and they're impossible to find locally.
My brand isn't available at Zappos but I have a friend who shops there a lot. She says she has her shoes the next day and that their inventory is huge. She says a brick and motor cannot possibly stock that many styles of shoes in that many sizes. Really - what can't you get at Amazon?
That's the way it is these days.