|Try finding this puppy in stores, IMPOSSIBLE!|
It’s really obvious to me that one of the greatest benefits to E-Commerce itself is the time it gives you back. But what you DO with those hours makes all the diff. I calculated the time it took to run all my errands. Door to door it took around three hours. THREE hours. Think of what you can do with those hours! You could go golfing. You could go to pilates class. Or you could . . . watch Netflix. I wonder if there are any surveys that look at all the replacement activities we pick with all the time we’ve saved. Oh if I only I weren’t so lazy, I would google some.
Shopping is Exercise
There are studies and stuffs that confirm this and my, is it true in action. This week I had errands that occurred seemingly on disparate ends of the planet (ok, just Northern Virginia). Besides all the hauling across town, I had to find a spot, park, walk. Then once in the store, go find my things, walk around, admire all the canvases at Michales, register, etc. Haul my things to the car then to the house. That’s lots of movement folks.
You Can’t Find Everything
This is quickly becoming the biggest drawback. The best part about online is you can probably find your product somewhere. Even when I check in advance to see if something is in stock, there are no guarantees. This is uber frustrating. Anyone who runs out of their favorite lip gloss understands.
In summary, my findings are two-fold. You move more when you shop, but you can’t find everything. Which means you have to go out again to find the thing that you want. It’s a vicious cycle, but is it virtuous? Stay tuned throughout the year as I find out.