Online Shopping – why I hate to love it

I love shopping. So much so I’d be willing to admit I had a slight shopping problem last year. However now I’m a student and my maintenance loan is my only way of getting money, my spending habits have considerably slowed down. There’s something about wandering around shops that I love, and I can spend hours browsing through clothes and makeup (unless it’s on a Saturday in Notts – then I stay well away!). That’s why I think I have a problem with online shopping. Not that I don’t utilise the expanse of online shops, but there’s something about it that puts me off every time.

I worked in retail for close to two years and let me tell you, it does put you off setting foot in a shop ever again. Rude customers, constant mess and strange occurrences in changing rooms (some people really need to learn how to close doors!) made me realise howhorrible shopping can be, and I think that’s when I first got in to online shopping. On my days off the last thing I wanted was to go back and face all the things I hated about my job, and not even get paid for it!

I’ve ordered my fair share of stuff online. Makeup that isn’t available in the UK, clothing items that I’ve seen out but can’t find my size, even items from shops that are exclusively online. At first it was exciting. I couldn’t wait for my order to come. But then I started to realise I didn’t suit that dress in the first place whether it was an 8 or an 18, and that the foundation I ordered wasn’t my colour in the slightest. That’s when I realised the downfall of e-commerce.

Sure, online shopping is quick and easy. It can all be done whilst wearing your PJ’s whilst watching TV and eating pizza. But when you discover what you’ve ordered isn’t what you were after at all it no longer seems worth it. Yeah, you can always return it, but that really defeats the whole staying at home aspect of online shopping.

Turns out I like the shopping experience. Taking my time and trying things on. Swatching a million different foundation shades until I find my perfect match. Spending way too much money on things I don’t even need. Retail therapy just isn’t the same when you’re sat at home.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll probably carry on online shopping. I’m still lazy. I still want to buy makeup from America and pay a ridiculous amount in custom fees. However I still think I’ll always prefer having a mooch around the shops after Uni, and finding things I didn’t even know I wanted until I saw it in real life. My names Beth and I’m a shopaholic, and unless all stores go completely online, I think I always will be!

Until next time,

Beth x

Image sourced from ronfell.com

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