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Old 08-24-2014, 04:40 PM
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Technology has changed everything, including the shopping experience. Although I am one of the most diehard fans of online shopping there is, I have lately become a bit disenchanted with having to buy so many items online due to lack of selection in-store, or because stores penalize shoppers who want to buy their items in-store. I have found that many stores do not offer discounts unless you purchase their items online, even if the same item is available in the store. More importantly, being able to physically view an item or try it is an important aspect of the shopping experience, in many cases. That goes double for clothing. I went to purchase a small speaker that I saw on Amazon. Since I wanted it quickly, I went to Fry's to try it out and buy it and the speaker was only available by ordering it online. I like shopping on-line, but I don't want to have to buy EVERYTHING that way. What are your shopping experiences? Do you prefer online shopping, or brick and mortar?
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:11 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I hate shopping, so the online availability has been great for me. If I need a dishwasher, refrigerator, or tires, I'll go to the brick and mortars, but for clothing, small home improvement items, it's online. Costco is about the only store I go to regularly, plus 1-2 local grocery stores. I won't leave the house on black Friday, and 99% of my holiday purchases are from Amazon. Most family and friends have a "wish list" there.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:48 PM
 
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I'm a touchy feely person. I'm old fashioned. I want to see and test out whatever my hard earned money is to be spent on. I've never been turned down by a B&M store when I go in with a copy of their on line price.
If I can't see it to buy it then I don't need it.
My wife tried ordering on line, 3 times, and each time the item(s) were returned as not being as represented or of poor eastern quality.
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:37 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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I have no interest in online purchasing. I shop in stores and I, too, want to see and examine things before making a purchase. I want to curl up with a book, not a Nook.

BTW, they're building another two-story Barnes & Noble here, and both DH and I are thrilled!
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:50 AM
 
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No contest. Online shopping will kill off most brick and mortar businesses. Robotics will replace most human workers. The huge question is what happens to all of the un-needed workers then.
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:10 AM
 
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No contest. Online shopping will kill off most brick and mortar businesses. Robotics will replace most human workers. The huge question is what happens to all of the un-needed workers then.
People act like this is a new concept. Technology has been replacing workers since before the cotton gin.
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:14 AM
 
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People act like this is a new concept. Technology has been replacing workers since before the cotton gin.
Yes, but before the workers learned new skills and went on living. When robotics replace workers what jobs do they re-train for?
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:22 AM
 
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Yes, but before the workers learned new skills and went on living. When robotics replace workers what jobs do they re-train for?
The jobs that the robotics won't do.
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:29 AM
 
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The jobs that the robotics won't do.
Which will provide work for about 5% of the displaced human workers.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:45 AM
 
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Yes, but before the workers learned new skills and went on living. When robotics replace workers what jobs do they re-train for?
They'll retrain for where they are needed. Taking care of old people is a good example of where more people will be needed over the next several decades. A robot can't wipe a baby boomer's ass yet.
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