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Oooh, Mike I didnt know men browse shops!  Course, we arent couch potatoes on here!! Not with our gadening, I also have 2 dogs that need a good run every day.  I am very low tech, dont have a smart phone, tablet, just the PC here, dont do internet banking, dont trust it. I actualy hate shopping, I know women are meant to love it, I hate having to undress to try on clothes, drives me nuts, especial bras, you get in the changing room, they dont fit, there are no assistants about.  I did an on-line shop at Tesco 9 years ago, my eldest son was getting married, was assured I could reject items, well, the bloke wont stand there while you go through your order, stuff had really short use by dates, and was wrongly chargrd for the booze, never done it again.  I go shopping, look on-line (yup) to see if there are any deals with items I cannot get at Aldi, where I do my main shop.  I have to got to Sainsbury or Tesco for a particular dog food, special milk for Hubby, its quite expensive sometimes on offer in these stores or the other week Waitrose, I dont make special journies it would defeat the object, but I take the dogs on the beach in the winter, because the woods, etc are so muddy, and go to the store on the way home.  We have a really good nursery for the plants in the village here, much cheaper than garden centres and they know their stuff.  There isnt a "high Street" in the village, we have a set of local shops, Tesco, Barber, Chemist,Butcher,Chinese takeaway,shop selling furniture new and secondhand, fish and chip shop, hairdressers.., we used to have a petshop/garden supplies which was brilliant, but aparently the shops have arab owners the rent tripled, its now one of the Pizza chains, no interest to me, I dont like Pizza.We did have a post office, that is the barber now, there is a post office in the old village, and one about 10 minutes walk as well. I tink the younger generation are couch potatos, they do spend all their time on their phones, playing games, on-line.  I saw it at work, I had colleagues taking a patients BP texting at the same time, my Hubby sees it at work as well, one guy has been told to leave him phone in his car, (I cannot write on here what he said behind the managers back!)



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    I hate shopping, I'll let anybody deliver anything except veg

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,561

    Me too!  I hate walking around shopping areas.

     I drive my car only once a month and that’s to pick up my medication. I did go to visit my daughter just before Christmas.  No fumes pumped into the air from me.  Let the delivery man drop shopping for the area, must be better.

     My fruit and veg is delivered, perfectly good stuff, never need to complain, and they do wSit while I go through it all in case I want to reject something, if there’s a price discrepancy I just email them and not only do they refund the money but most times give me a £5.00 voucher.

    No signs of couch potatoes here. At it from morn till night from March to November, then it’s compost spreading, GH cleaning, dreaded HW catch up. 101 things to do.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,911
    nutcutlet says:

    I hate shopping, I'll let anybody deliver anything except veg

    See original post

    Yup, me too. I buy meat and veg in the village and do an SM shop once a fortnight (I would get that delivered if I could, but that's not possible here at the moment). Other than that, the only shop I visit regularly is the local Garden Nursery, where much browsing is done image

    “This isn't life in the fast lane, it's life in the oncoming traffic.”
    ― Terry Pratchett
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,561

    I buy mostly from eBay, they give more money to my chosen charity, in the past year they have given £145.00 on my behalf just by clicking on the charity app first. Always buy my seeds from there, most times post free. 

    As I’m quite a distance between towns, well, 6/7 miles, I don’t like driving in there just for one or two items.  There’s enough cars on the road without me doing to it. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Being a bit long in the tooth, I was very suspicious of on line buying. Wanting an iPad my Daughter showed me several big stores who sold them with a guarantee for less than the normal local outlet. It was there next day and worked well until one year later it just died. Daughter phoned the store they said OK one is on its way just send the other back, we got it next day so they then got my order for my Mac Pro laptop with five years guarantee and since then have got several things on line. 

    Stockton High Street once the Market Town for a very large area is now coffee shops Cafe's Pubs and charity shops as are most town centres these days, we have a massive retail park that you cannot get near weekends. Why fight a way through crowds to buy stuff when you can get it cheaper on line and just as quickly, I always check the guarantee though. It works for me.

    Stockton Council have turned what was once a wonderful shopping area into a family place with cleaned up River banks and water sport including a world class canoe slalom, they bring all kinds of entertainment into town that attracts hundreds who use the Cafe's and other outlets. Market shopping as I once knew it is dead. We only have one Farm shop now for fresh fruit and Veg though we do have proper butchers shops with local produce. All my family shop on line we have to remember though this is not possible for everyone and as the normal town shops die they will become isolated and reliant on Supermarket delivery, maybe some one will start the travelling van trade again.


  • KT53KT53 Posts: 4,492

    I agree with Mike.  There is nothing in our town now apart from coffee shops, poundshops, charity shops and betting shops.  Before Dixons (remember them) and Halfords left the High Street I could at least mooch around looking at techie kit and car bits whilst the missus looked at every item of clothing on every clothes rack in town.

    Now when we go into town she still does the same, but I just go for a coffee then return to the car and either listen to the radio or read the paper on my phone.

    I don't do grocery shopping on-line.  I like to be able the see any fruit and veg I'm buying, and make my own decision on any alternatives if my preferred item isn't in stock.

    All I can do is wait until the garden centres and nurseries start stocking plants again.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,519

    We're so lucky ... we have the wonderful Norwich market a free ten minute bus ride away 

    At least three very good butchers, and a specialist sausage and bacon stall, a wonderful cheese specialist  three fresh ffsh stalls, various bakers and cake makers, deli stalls, countless fresh fruit and veg stalls ... enough fabric stalls to keep Obelixx sewing for years ......... you name it you can get it on Norwich market ... you can even have a proper coffee, a hair cut and a roast pork and crackling bap.  image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Dove I know Norwich Market, they kept it where it belongs in Town centres. We had the best market in the North east until they built the Metro Centre in Gateshead, thirty minutes away by train or the very cheap bus day out, the masses of people coming down from Durham County vanished as the Metro was closer. The Last Bicycle shop in the area at Middlesbrough is closing its doors, we went there as kids then as young bucks in Cycle Clubs but as the owner said they need customers. A letter in the local Gazette was moaning about the demise of the Stockton Market then further into the letter they had left twenty years ago and only been back once? That is the story, rates went up Customers went elsewhere and stores lost money. If we all go off to large shopping parks and shop on line we cannot expect shops to be viable. The Amazons of this world can cut costs down to nothing and do not even pay the Taxes the shops have to pay, no wonder they can cut costs and attract people away from the local shops.

    We the customers are to blame, no custom no profit no shops.


  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,441

    Frank, I don't think the customers are to blame.  Money goes to money, the markets are dominated by supermarket chains and multinationals.  They can take advantage of economies of scale and cut out the wholesalers, which independent retailers can't.  A great many consumers have no choice but to shop wherever's cheapest, and that means the supermarket. 

    A couple I knew rented a corner shop with a flat above so they could share work and childcare.  They got a shock when they went to the wholesalers to stock up: the wholesale prices were higher than the retail prices at the supermarket.

    Forty years ago, I had a dialogue with myself which went:

    I:.  I'd like to buy these recycled products that are becoming available, but they cost more than new.

    Me:. That's because it's a niche market.  If more people bought them, the price would come down.

    I:. OK, let middle class people buy them for now, and when they've reduced the price to what I can afford, I'll start buying them.

    To " recycled" I have added over the years, Fair trade, organic, free range, locally produced, cruelty free.  Now that I'm mortgage free and receiving three pensions, I can afford to shop with my conscience.  This creates matrimonial tension as he has only his state pension and still wants to get the cheapest of everything, despite the fact that our groceries come out of our joint account.

    Our house is full of secondhand furniture and all my clothes come from charity shops.  In former times that was a necessity, nowadays it's a choice.  I use Freecycle and one of these days I'll try and figure out how to use eBay.  I try to grow my own food but I'm not very successful so far.

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Josusa47 we all have an opinion, you are on a pension so will have seen some of what i saw, i am also on pensions that make the old age pension look like peanuts only the Government class it as unearned and add it to my tax bill. There were no supermarkets when I was young the nearest thing being the Co-op Liptons and several other general stores. I was told to walk down the bottom of the village to shop at the Co-op as Mother got her divi, I had to pass shop after shop owned by resident shopkeepers to do that yet we were well off compared with some people around. Many people in Cities and large towns had no choice, Small SM's appeared and on the sales they made grew larger by the minute and then on the edge of our town the Co-op built the first large shopping mall with food clothes and DIY materials smack on the edge of two large housing estates, the village shops lost custom had to put up prices to live and lost even more, basically what you are saying only we did not have to shop at the big store. There are still good shops in the village who do good trade Butchers Bakers Greengrocer who gets his supplies from the local farms who try to diversify as SM's slash the price of milk.The local shops have good fresh food and we pay extra for that, a fresh chicken from the farm up the road which we knew was free range, we can see them as we pass, tastes much better than SM's but a mother feeding a family on minimum wage has no chance. I do not do secondhand or reuse but do try to make sure it is British made or local. My way is I can afford what I need so have the best within reason, plus you can still get neck of lamb at our butchers to make the best stock for soups. "hey" that is me and Vive the Difference, if we were all the same it would be a boring world.


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