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Old 07-19-2011, 12:53 PM
 
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Kind of biting off of the Borders closing thread. Seems like everything is so impersonal now. No one likes to walk through a store and browse anymore. I mean, I do have technology at my finger tips.........cell phone, laptop, MP3s and all that. But, I do miss walking through Blockbuster (still do temporarily till they shut down soon). ......music stores are gone......used to love to walk and search through the multitudes of CDs and albums. I don't know, I guess it is what it is.......but things have just gotten so emotionless and cold. Hell, wherever you go people are tweeting, face booking and texting. You have no idea if the text they sent you (example: "Why haven't you told me?") is an angry question, or a polite one??? I guess that is why people text............so you DON'T know what their emotions are. What happened to just calling someone? LOL......I guess Ive gotten way off track. Anyhow, I just don't see technology as being amazing like I used to believe it was. Its kind of pulling everyone apart from contact with one another. Personal contact that is.

........... my rant for the day. Let me know yalls thoughts.
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:11 PM
 
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I love shopping online because it's so much easier to compare prices. I hate crowded stores and driving in traffic. The thing that's really annoying is when I don't want to wait for something to be shipped, so I look for it online, the website says it's in stock, and when I go to the store, it's out of stock.
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:23 PM
 
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I love shopping online because it's so much easier to compare prices. I hate crowded stores and driving in traffic. The thing that's really annoying is when I don't want to wait for something to be shipped, so I look for it online, the website says it's in stock, and when I go to the store, it's out of stock.
Dont get me wrong, I do believe online has its purpose, but what about the experience of just walking and browsing items? I used to enjoy walking with my kids through Hollywood video, and blockbuster in the evening. We would select a movie grab some popcorn and candy and take it home. The kids loved it........

My kids love the bookstore as well...... once its gone then what? Download the experience?
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Old 07-19-2011, 03:10 PM
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I'd much rather shop online. I can, like somebody said, find the best price and find exactly what I want. If I'm just trying to kill time, I'd rather find something else to do than shop.
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Old 07-19-2011, 03:14 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels
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I also love to browse stores and still do with my kids.On the other hand I also love the internet I can see reviews of things I already know I want, but if I am not sure what I want and I am just in the shopping mood I need to be able to browse in stores. Most people don't bother me I would say only 15% of the population here are aholes, and I am very good at and ignoring them. I hope brick stores don't go away we really need both in this crazy world.

P.S. while I tend to find better deals online they usually seem to always be sold out that is when I run to the store and 9 out of 10 times find the item and get the store to give me the same price as the internet.
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Old 07-19-2011, 03:51 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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i don't shop online if i can help it for a number of reason. one, a lot of purchases i make i really need to have the item in my hand. i inspect /everything/ i buy. two, a good deal on an item might often get offset by shipping costs. i know that some ebay sellers are notorious for this. three, i don't trust any of the couriers to handle packages efficiently or safely (and sometimes can't trust the sellers to package items appropriately for shipping). four, it is added inconvenience and money to return an item when it arrives and does not suit my needs/is damaged/etc.

cultural shift or not. i would rather shop around at actual stores than online most of the times (though many items, like certain art supplies, i can only get online.)

though, i'm not 100% on how this topic is related to san antonio.
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:34 PM
 
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Except for food, I buy almost everything on line now. As others have said you can take your time to research the items (market research). Mostly I like it because it is usually cheaper when you consider the item cost, no sales tax, and free or cheap shipping. It's just so convenient to be able to sit behind my computer and buy what I need. I think I am addicted to it, and look forward to the UPS or FedEx trick coming with my stuff. I think eventually Texas will start requiring companies to charge sales tax, like happened in California with Amazon, and that will take away part of the advantage they now have. But if I had to make a prediction about how things will be in 20 - 30 years down the road, I would predict that nearly all shopping will be done on-line. If that happens, it could really negatively affect the economies of cities where on-line retailers aren't based.
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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^^ Yeah how will local governments get their sales tax?

I'm sure more and more online retailers will be taxed in the future.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:14 PM
 
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I think eventually Texas will start requiring companies to charge sales tax, like happened in California with Amazon, and that will take away part of the advantage they now have. But if I had to make a prediction about how things will be in 20 - 30 years down the road, I would predict that nearly all shopping will be done on-line. If that happens, it could really negatively affect the economies of cities where on-line retailers aren't based.
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^^ Yeah how will local governments get their sales tax?

I'm sure more and more online retailers will be taxed in the future.
Although I'm sure compliance is very low, Texas residents actually DO owe sales tax on online purchases. If the seller does not collect the tax, it is up to the buyer to remit the correct amount of sales tax to the State, even if the seller does not operate in the State of Texas.
FAQ: Texas Sales Tax
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:48 PM
 
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I definitely would never buy clothing or shoes online or by mail order, unless possibly it's a simple t-shirt I can't get any other way. I think there will always be real stores with clothing and shoes. I hate returning stuff by mail. I love brick-and-mortar bookstores also and hope they have some kind of future. I feel sorry for anyone so insulated from people in general they don't even want to shop in real stores where you can walk through a door and walk around to look and buy. That being said, we don't ever go to movie theaters anymore. It just isn't the same these days and for us it's just not worth the money. I do order some things from online sites, because certain things I can't find any other way. I really like to shop in real stores with doors for almost everything. During the big holiday shopping times, it can get to be a pain, but it's not that hard to avoid the most crowded times.
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