My Personal Preferences
When it comes to shopping, my friends brand me with many names in reference to my fear of the new technology fad – online shopping. When all my friends preferred to visit e-commerce sites like Amazon and EBay to buy stuff, I still believed in the traditional shopping experience where I would stroll into a mall on a weekend to shop.
I have been branded a technophobic and some have even called me old fashioned due to my preference for the traditional face to face shopping experience. I always believed that one had to visit the vendor, scrutinize the item they wanted to purchase thoroughly and then pay for it.
The wary shopper
I cannot deny that I am a wary shopper. I am always concerned with getting the right product at the right condition at the best possible price. Despite constant assurances from my friends that online shopping was just as good as traditional shopping and even more convenient, I still clung to my guns.
I also valued the physical interaction between the seller and the buyer and I usually countered my friends’ sarcasm by pointing out that they were missing on the social aspect of shopping which lacked in internet sites. That is until I had my first shopping experience.
I was convinced by newly acquired girlfriend to buy her a camera in one of the e-commerce sites before we embarked on a much anticipated holiday. Not wanting to appear out of touch, which could ruin my chances of spending quality time with my new catch, I decided to participate in the ‘risky’ business of purchasing from a virtual shop.
The surprising experience
We identified a very good camera and I was even surprised that it was much cheaper than other low-quality choices I had identified at stores in the city. I was still skeptical regarding the condition it would arrive in and even the time it would take for it to be delivered. I might even have suggested this because I recall my girlfriend making rather unsavory comments regarding my skepticism.
The site had promised that the camera would be delivered within fourteen days and there were promises of refunds if the product was not as advertised in terms of features and condition. We had ample time before the trip and I was almost hoping that the camera would not be delivered so that I could get even with my online-shopping friends.
You can imagine my surprise and even a hint of disappointment when the camera arrived five days earlier than stated in the website. Then I shifted my focus to the features and condition of the product. Again I was surprised to find that the camera was in an exquisite condition and all the features were as advertised.
As my girlfriend shrieked with joy at her new acquisition, I was overwhelmed with guilt for considering online merchants to be cheap con artists. Additionally, the site offered a discount for other products in the camera’s price range if we ordered within the next ten days.
In order to quench my curiosity and confirm my error, I ordered two other items. The two items were also promptly delivered, in good condition and as advertised. Since this initiation into online shopping, I have become one of the most ardent internet shoppers and I have few regrets for my reversal in faith.