A short rant about online shopping…

Avatar By Chief of Police, Amber

I love online shopping. Love it. I love it because … well, because I’m lazy, basically, and when you’re as lazy as I am, what’s not to love about having new clothes and shoes delivered right to your door, all on the click of a mouse?

Well, I’ll tell you what’s not to love about it: not actually being able to buy anything, because the online stores you frequent seem to sell out of everything in your size almost instantly, that’s what. And this situation has really started to infuriate me.

Over the past few months I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve found something I like online, only to go back a couple of days later and find it totally sold out. This is the case even with items from the "New In!" section, so it’s not just that I’m waiting too long to buy.

In fact, it’s now reached the stage where it’s becoming almost impossible to wait to buy anything. Gone are the days when you’d see something you liked and wait until payday to buy it. Gone are the days when you’d wait for the sale to come around, to get a bit of money off. No, these days if I see something I like, I have two choices:

1. Buy it INSTANTLY, without stopping to think about it for even one precious second

2. Accept the fact that it will never be mine. NEVER.

Sometimes there’s a day or two of grace with this. Rarely is there more than that, though. For instance, a couple of weeks ago I found a dress I liked that was NEW IN! at Dorothy Perkins. It was a Saturday morning. When I went back to look at it first thing on Monday morning? Sold out in my size and never to be seen again. (Luckily I’d bought it on the Saturday, though – I have learned my lesson!)

Admittedly, I wear a slightly hard-to-find size, which I know to my cost the stores don’t tend to get as much stock of as other sizes. But I’ve seen items sell out instantly in all sizes too, and here’s the thing: sometimes they’re not even particularly nice items. Either the stores are allocating hardly any stock to their websites, or people are now constantly engaged in a mad frenzy of buying clothes and shoes AT ALL TIMES. GOD.

Is it just me? Does anyone else have this problem with online shopping? Because I currently have my eye on a certain dress (and, OK, a skirt too. And maybe shoes.) and I just KNOW that if I wait much longer to get buying, they’ll be gone.

Oh, and the final insult? The situation in store isn’t any better – or at least, not in my size. In fact, most of the time I’m actually FORCED to shop online rather than in-store because that’s the only chance I have of getting something that will actually fit me.

On the plus side, it’s good for the bank balance, I guess.

What about you? Do you shop online, or do you prefer to hit the stores in person?

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