Blinded by online shopping
How online shopping can take away your ability to shop local. A tell you a short story, half laughing, half crying.
It happened during my vacation. I wanted to get me an inflatable mattress (Lilo) – just a simple one to have fun while swimming in a lake. But where in the hell should I get one. I scratched my head and my first impulse was to open the laptop and search google for a shop to buy one. Well guess what – the result was no very satisfying. I couldn’t get any good result – there is no local vendor search in Europe. Ordering them online was no option (I don’t wanted to pay 5 Euro of shipping for a 4 Euro item and wait 2 days).
You think that I could have just run down the street to the next mall or shop who sells sport items. You’re right, but I actually didn’t remember where I could buy an inflatable mattress – I was blinded by online shopping. And there are good reasons for this:
I’m so used now to shop online for the goods I need that I really can’t tell you where in the neighborhood I would find the things I need. I did finally buy a mattress at a local sport shop – I was lucky, I stumbled over it driving by and they had one left. There was no choice but in the end I had fun with it in the lake.
Did you experience something similar – your stories are welcome.