Shopping By Mail or Mall?
Bunny Sez: Mail
"My name is Bunny, and I am a
mail-order-aholic" My mailbox will attest to it. It
sags because almost every day there is a plethora of new
offerings from the postman
. Chances to purchase
clothing, shoes, sporting equipment, books, videotapes,
household goods and more without stepping a toe into the
mall. My UPS man knows me on a first name basis!
I think my mail order fascination
had to start when I was a child poring over the Wish Book
- remember Sears' giant catalog of toys? It was always a
challenge to try to be the kid that got to look at the
catalog first. My parents settled more arguments during
November over "whose turn it was with the
Wishbook" than any other behavior infraction. I
would make a list then remake it time and again. It was
such an awesome experience to see page after page of any
toy you could possibly imagine spread before your eyes.
It made it so simple to send a letter to Santa; you could
simply reference the page and the item number in your
missive to St. Nick and be certain he understood
precisely what you wanted.
I think my aversion to malls started when I worked in
retail. If you ever work in retail, a lot of the joy of
shopping is removed from your experience because you know
the "behind the scenes" truth of what goes on
and how customers really act when they don't get just
what they want. The Holidays in retail really stink -
time off during Christmas vacation? Forget it! You work
until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve - get Christmas Day off and
then have to be back for the return festival at 7 a.m.
the day after.
my favorite thing to do on a cold rainy night is
to browse through catalogs, looking at many, ordering
from few. Picking up the phone to place the order is also
fun but nothing, and I do mean nothing, beats the feeling
of when you open your package - strewing styrofoam
peanuts everywhere - and you have your "stuff".
It has arrived!!
Coug Sez: Mall
Malls are better for shopping because you
can see what you are buying. You see the stuff you want
live and in person and not some photographer's perception
of what your stuff should look like.
Granted, malls can be crowded and noisy at
times but watching the people in the mall has got to be
almost as interesting as the shopping experience in
itself. Like the parents who have six children under the
age of six trying to walk through the fine china section
in a department store and hearing the inevitable
Malls also have the food court! Tell me whose house has a
selection like this? Pretzels and popcorn and cinnamon
rolls, and Chinese and Mexican cuisine to mention just a
few. There is nothing better than watching the crowds
walk by you in a mall while you are munching on a pretzel
from a mall vendor. This is the life!
Then there is the waiting. And waiting. And waiting.
Especially if you are shopping with finicky teenagers who
must look in every store of the mall to find just the
right item to purchase before they finally buy something.
Malls should have couches rather than benches for the
husbands and fathers who must sit and wait. They should
also have televisions tuned into to ESPN in front of each
of these couches. Just my opinion.
I like going home from the mall with my purchases and
seeing what I bought right when I bought it. I don't have
to wait for the mailman for my gratification.