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Old 01-21-2010, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I have thought a great deal about this, and I couldn't figure which 'category' to put this under, so I figured it could go here.

So, I have a lot of friends who have various incomes and lifestyles, etc. One thing I have noticed is that no matter which income level you're at, there is always a subset of people who think that shopping is great fun. Both men and women. Though women seem to do it more. (I am a woman, and I am not woman-bashing, fyi.)

I don't mean the addicted or the compulsive.
I am talking about those people who shop for recreation.

Shopping for the sake of shopping.

I know we're all different and we all find different things fun, but I shop to get the stuff I need to go about my daily business. I am not saying that I don't sometimes stop and pick out an extra item while I'm out getting groceries or whatever (just today I picked up a blu-ray at Costco while I was there getting cleaning supplies), but these people actually go out for the day or plan vacations with the purpose of going shopping for generally unnecessary items.

What really baffles me is when people do it when they really can't afford to. But that's a different topic for a different thread.

In any case...serious shoppers, tell me why you shop!!!
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Old 01-21-2010, 02:00 PM
 
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Shopping for the sake of shopping sucks. I never do it.

When I need something, I research where I can get the best product for the best price, then I go get it.

But I never just go shopping for the sake of looking for something I might want to buy.
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Old 01-21-2010, 02:10 PM
 
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I think that the reason that most people innately like to shop (and maybe especially women) would come from something deep down inside from cavemen like days--hoarding your food for the winter, showing you were dominant to other tribesmen by having more things, providing for your family etc.

I love shopping, but then again I love fashion, and clothing. I went a year without buying anything (except if someone gave me a giftcard for my birthday or something) and I would still go to the mall to touch the clothes, think about the clothes, piece together new fashions in my head--ok maybe that's a bit extreme but anyways...
I love grocery shopping too pretty much any shopping.....
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:13 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Shopping for the sake of shopping sucks. I never do it.

When I need something, I research where I can get the best product for the best price, then I go get it.

But I never just go shopping for the sake of looking for something I might want to buy.

I am the same way... and I am female.

I HATE to shop.
Stores do not have what I want and/or need.

Buy for the house?
I am into Arts and Crafts/Mission. Not common in stores and not something you buy on a whim, since it tends to be pricey.

Buy for me?
I need a minimum 36" inseam... too frustrating trying to find that off the rack.

But for my husband?
A 38' sleeve isn't in stores either.

etc, etc, etc.

No way shopping is fun for me.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:53 PM
 
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Traditionally men were the hunters and women the gatherers. Maybe a fondness for shopping comes from all that gathering.
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Old 01-22-2010, 07:18 PM
 
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Its liie christmas in that buying something thrills.To some who shop and don't buy its a activity that gets them out;what use to be called window shopping.I can remmeebr when i was a kid we went window shooping downtown every satusrday but only bought if thinsg were needed like shoes etc. It was really a family outing.Women gto together window shopping and socialized really.
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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blah, bad customer service in most stores, along w/ cheap and bad quality material, has made shopping far less fun. maybe it's more fun at places w/ better merchandise and CS, but I don't often go to these places. I sometimes like window shopping, but not a clothing stores (order of preference for window shopping: electronic/computer store, home goods store, makeup and cosmetic stores (yeah for free samples!)).

the ONLY time where I truly enjoy shopping is when I'm in a thrift or vintage store. the feeling you get when you find something that's actually usable/beautiful/cheap beneath the trash can't be had at a typical retail place, even in the clearance aisle. I often find myself at various thrift stores, looking for bargains (I'm always shocked by the number of name brand clothing I find at the SA. some some sweet Nine West boots, barely broken in, that were sadly a size too small for me. drat)
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:40 AM
 
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Shopping for the sake of shopping sucks. I never do it.

When I need something, I research where I can get the best product for the best price, then I go get it.

But I never just go shopping for the sake of looking for something I might want to buy.
Same here! DH is the happiest guy on earth, because I research at home to just to be done with shopping in 10 minutes. I hate it LOL
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Thanks for all the replies! Sounds like most are from folks who don't much care for shopping, though!

Where are the peeps like my pals...who plan Saturdays at Neiman's just for the fun of it?
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Old 01-23-2010, 03:23 PM
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Location: Austin, TX
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Window shopping in a downtown main street setting is fun. Shopping at big box stores is not.

Nothing can beat shopping on a Christmas season night in a bustling downtown area.

In Europe, there are Christmas markets, vendors selling all kinds of knick knacks and street food everywhere. It's the atmosphere that makes shopping fun. Mixing with all kinds of people and carrying on conversations with random street wanderers.

Other than that, I dislike most shopping
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