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Would You Rather Pay For Shipping Than Drive to the Mall?

It takes only one look at the double-digit increases in online sales for companies like Gap, Victoria's Secret, and J.C. Penney to know that more shoppers are going online than out to stores. Online retailers know that most customers are innately adverse to shipping costs, and have been able to capitalize on that knowledge by offering free shipping when the total purchase reached a certain dollar amount.

Now that $4 gas is old news and $5 per gallon is expected, I'm wondering if we'll see less of these shipping offers as customers continue to weigh the cost of shipping against the price of gas. Sure, we'd all love a little free shipping, but would you rather pay those extra fees than hop in the car?


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i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
"Plus what's more fun than going to the mall??" Um, going to the dentist? Seriously I hate the mall... That's another reason why I love living in NYC, there really aren't many malls. The stores are freestanding, so its less likely to have to walk through obnoxious teenagers (and I'm a teenager, but the majority of people my age that are at the mall tend to be obnoxious), seniors doing their morning jogging and a bunch of screaming kids by an ice cream stand when I go to a freestanding store. Not dealing with a horde of people saves me time and my sanity.
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
Yay for free shipping with no minimum or maximum spending amount with my Banana Republic Luxe Card. :) However, I don't take advantage of that perk because I'd rather shop for clothes at a store to see what fits right and looks right on me. I'm far too lazy to package everything up, drive to the post office, and return an item if I don't like it. I do shop for books online, though.
nv27 nv27 9 years
I LOVE online shopping. I live for it! And I love to get stuff shipped to me cause its always fun to get something in the mail or via ups or whatever. I pretty much know what sizes I wear and I hate trying stuff on in stores anyway. As far as shipping costs, most online boutiques are always having some promotion or another so I dont end up paying the shipping costs. And since I dont drive its much more convenient than going to the mall anyway. My fav store online is Revolve Clothing, always free overnight shipping!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
At first I was like, no ... but I just did this today because the necklace I really wanted from this store just went on sale and I knew they didn't stock it in the ones near me ... so I paid extra for the shipping and handling (which would probably have been equal to my travel costs anyways) to buy it. :(
ehadams ehadams 9 years
I never pay for shipping..I only order from places that have free shipping. If they require an amount, I wait til I need a bunch of things at once. But I have found that I can't order shoes or clothes online. I have to try everything on. Bah. And there is nothing like going to a bookstore and hanging out in my opinion...
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
If I never had to pay for shipping, I would never set foot in a mall again. I hate all those cell phone and dead sea clay kiosk sales people. Why do they think it's ok to yell at everyone who walks past? And there are fat children dripping with sticky ice cream, always screaming outside the portrait studios. Going to the mall is not at all a pleasant experience. I'll put up with it to save a few bucks, but I only go right when the stores open and get the hell out as fast as possible.
heineken67 heineken67 9 years
If there's free shipping, maybe. Normally, no. I live in a major city with plenty of stores and I take public transit everywhere.
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 9 years
I almost always take advantage of free shipping offers, but when the shipping isn't free I try to limit online shopping. I prefer going to the mall to see the items in person, and I don't live far from the mall so it's not expensive to get there.
Mintie Mintie 9 years
Well, considering I don't have a car... and all the "Malls" are in the burbs... and I have a seizure every time I step foot in the burbs... then, YES, I would rather pay for shipping
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
Browsing online isn't the same as browsing at a store. I ran into H&M on a whim to see if something they had last time was now available in my size (it was! yay for restocking), and I saw the perfect dress for my reunion and I got to try it on. I'm on the computer enough as it is ;)
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
I prefer shopping online to going to the mall so I don't mind the shipping all too much unless its incredibly ridiculous
Pets Pets 9 years
I think I have less trouble paying for shipping than I have with waiting for things to arrive. I tend to want something immediately and like to "look" with my hands. However, if I was stocking up on essentials that are cheaper online and that I know what they look like/ how they fit (or books, movies, etc), then I'd rather save a trip to the store and have them sent straight to me!
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
depends on what I am shopping for, but most of the time I would rather drive to the mall. Unless I get free shipping I don't shop online as much as in person. Luckily I get free shipping most of the time. And, of course if I am buying clothing I haven't worn before I would rather try it on than have to ship it back. So, it really depends on what I am buying.
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
Depends. Ugh just the other day, I called Best Buy to see if they had a CD in stock before I drove 15 miles out of my way, and they said yes. I get there and no. Then they were like "oh but we have it on our website. I paid 1 something shipping and that saved me burning gas for no reason. Sorry, I had to get that off my chest. I hate shopping at the mall and prefer sites like piperlime or old navy. The only time I would go to the store is like for a bra or pants because I am petite and have to find my size AND short. During the holidays, shopping online is better economically and free shipping? Who can beat that?
lovelie lovelie 9 years
I live in the city so I have access to a lot of good stores, but I still like receiving stuff in the mail!! For example, the makeup I use (everydayminerals....great stuff!!) only can be purchased online, and it's shipping priority mail so it's a little cheaper than UPS.
356UIK 356UIK 9 years
I actually JUST made this very decision about 10 minutes ago. I bought something on line that I could have bought after work today at the mall, because I also have class tonight and so I just wont have time to go get it. I really wanted this dress, and I didnt want to run around looking for it so I just got it online. For me, the extra shipping charge is also about time management. Maybe its not that much money to waste gas and drive to the mall, but its also about the wasted time. It all adds up.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that it depends on what you're getting. i've been shopping online a lot more but that's partly because it's easier given my schedule.
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 9 years
Ugh; someone would have to pay ME a good sum in order to convince me that visiting the mall is a fun way to pass the time. I cannot cheerfully suffer those places. But I am no clothes-hound. I can list very many things that I would rather do than shop.
vouninou vouninou 9 years
It really depends on various factors ... I have a lot of store that are really easy to reach by public transportation so it's not an issue for those. However if I want to go to some specific stores, I have to drive. For example, the closest Sephora store is someting like 35 km away from my place ... it would take me hours to go there by public transportation. Moreover, it's not a very big one. So when it comes to buy stuff from Sephora, I buy it online and group my purchase to get the free shipping. For clothes, I definitively prefer to try before I buy so I almost never buy online. For stuff like books, CD, DVD, etc. I do both, looking up where the price is the lowest.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
While I love living in the city, I don't have a car. Most of the time, that is a huge perk, but generally it's not worth the hassle of dealing with a separate public transportation trip (bus to metro and back) just to get to a mall to go buy clothes. Add to that my 80-hour work week, and generally whenever the mall is open, I'm in the lab anyway. I do almost all of my shopping online -- I usually get better deals with end-of-season sales, plus online discount codes and free shipping (both ways, for returns), and if I don't get free returns, then I save up all the returns I have to make and pick out one day every several months and return everything all at once.
bleached bleached 9 years
With gas at $1.50/litre (that's almost $6/gallon), I only take the car when I really need it
bleached bleached 9 years
I can cycle to the mall in 5 minutes or less. No car for me!
haydee haydee 9 years
it's more tempting to shop online when your purchase comes with free shipping
Frenched Frenched 9 years
In my case, I still prefer going to the store than dealing with shipping charges because when the package finally arrives, I still have to drive to UPS to go pick it up! And it's not close, either. They always deliver when I'm not home so it's really pointless in my situation.
zabrow zabrow 9 years
i always buy dvds & books online, but hardly ever buy clothes online unless it's something that i know for sure will fit. i tend to run right in the middle of two sizes, so i never know what size i'll wear, even when i see the clothes in person.
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