It appears that long gone are the days when you would set up a business on a market stall getting up at 6am to trade or open up a local/high street shop. The traditional stores appear no more! There either struggling and losing appeal or being boarded up across the country.
I think this is such a shame. For example, when you visit villages and nice towns at a weekend or during your holidays, they seem very deserted, no atmosphere and lifeless. This is happening more and more as it appears that customers are no longer going out on Saturday shopping spree with friends and family but are spending their evenings and weekend browsing online in the warmth of their own home and taking advantage of free next day delivery and massive sales. The only thing it doesn't offer by staying indoors and placing your order is being able to feel the material of clothes and trying things on or looking at the gifts 'real life' terms. When you receive your items and there just not what you thought they'd be like, you have to go through the hassle of returning and exchanging your items rather then having a 'one stop shop' shopping experience in a 'real' shop trying it on before you buy. Staying in however does save transport costs, getting ready to go out and energy. Its much easier to grab your laptop/iPhone,iPad and search for special offers online..Is this the future?
I myself do shop online when i don't have time to go out or i just want to be lazy at the weekend, curl up on the sofa watching a movie and browse online.
The plus side for businesses are that the internet is a great place to save costs if you run a business with no rental fees or ordering stock that doesn't sell in shops and it seems easy to build online business with eCommerce cheap packages and sell your goods or promote your business whatever it may be online..
Does anybody else miss the high street/town roads being jammed with people getting in your way and queuing to get into shop because its so busy and standing out in the cold and enjoying the atmosphere?
Are you an outdoors shopper or a stay in doors computer shopper?