Cowart's Common Room
Internet Shopping

I find internet shopping very convenient and often buy hard to source items online. A friend recently told me I was contributing to the decline of the High Street. Her remarks made me think, and also to wonder to what extent other factors are contributing to this decline. My nearest town -Tavistock- is lovely but parking is hard to find and is falling victim to the invasion of the multiples. Slightly further away is Plymouth, fine for all the usual multiples but hopeless for anything a bit different.
Have to say said friend was very interested in my online purchase of some Rowan yarn for 1.00 a ball instead of the usual 4.99Very Happy

Posted at 23rd Aug 2012 - 11:33AM   Posted by Lily   Internet Shopping Comments: 8

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar I've been mail order shopping since I was a child (no dance shops anywhere near the north of Scotland so it all had to be sent for) and very rarely shop in the High street even for clothes as they don't keep either the styles or the size I want, so it's their fault not mine that I buy all my clothes and shoes online (or in Gairloch of all places!).

I would love to use the High Street butchers and bakers etc but we can only food shop after we shut at 6pm so we have to go to the supermarket as they are the only ones open at that time.

Hard to scource items are only hard to scource because there is simply not enough demand for them to be kept by High street stores.

The biggest killer of the High Street is still the planning departments who have paid no attention to the urban degridation we studied in school more than thirty years ago and have blindly carried on planning and building out of town retail parks taking all the customers away from the High StreetRolling Eyes

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 23rd Aug 2012 at 11:50AM

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Arosebyanyothername's Avatar I think the answer is to do a bit of both.
We have a book shop in Cowbridge. It is friendly and they will order any book and get it very quickly but they don't do discounted books or 'three for the price of two' so I also shop online at Amazon, especially for my Kindle, and when I am in Cardiff or at the airport I may pick up discounted paperbacks there.
The same with clothes - sometimes I use the High street here (expensive), M & S in Cardiff and others online.

I agree that the planners have a lot to answer for - re Totnes and Costa for those of you who have been following this saga.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 23rd Aug 2012 at 12:00PM

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Fennie's Avatar Totnes? Yes I wince buying things from Amazon, but sometimes it is just so convenient.

Posted by: Fennie on 23rd Aug 2012 at 01:38PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar I am afraid that I buy a good deal on line and Amazon in particular. We live 1/2 hour from Newcastle where the best shopping is and a go
od 20 minutes from Hexham and Morpeth, both of which have a certain amount of High Street stuff. I go to Hexham once a week and do buy some stuff there, but not much and it all has to be carried or is non existent Rolling Eyes
On line is convenient and cheaper
I have bought clothes from catalogues for many years or M & S. I am a funny shape and small and found people who made things that sort of fitted me!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 23rd Aug 2012 at 06:04PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Shop a huge amount on line - we are a good hour from the nearest shops - so we might be contributing to the downfall of the high street - but equally we are not contributing to our 'carbon footprint' by using petrol to drive a two hour round trip.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 23rd Aug 2012 at 06:26PM

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Cowgirl's Avatar Interesting discussion. I shop online avidly (some would say I have an addiction!) We are out of town by about 25 mins which means I only go in once a week if not less. I am a sucker for a bargain and use the online shopping at some of the chains to grab a bargain that I would otherwise miss if not going in during the sale period. Sadly my nearest town (city) of Whangarei lost most of its non-chain shops a very long time ago - 15 -20 years back. I agree with FN that poor planning and alsogreedy landlords extorting ridiculous rents have pushed out many of the one off shops out of town. I have two favourite shops which I visit in person to shop in - The Himalayan Trading Post, and Trade Aid - both of which stock fair trade items made by ethnic peoples and supports a good and fair return directly back to those who produce the item. Other than that I regularly get books from the Book Depository UK (way cheaper than Amazon and free shipping worldwide) and often find electronic gear cheaper online here in NZ by using price comparison sites - recently got a toaster for $127 that was never less than $159 instore. I also love the online product reviews. My neighbour even gets her groceries online - does the order, pays, then just swings by to pick them up - says it saves her time and money as the kids don't demand stuff going round the supermarket, and she isn't tempted to add non-list items. Just this week I have had books, DVD''s, cologne and shoes delivered!ShockedShocked

Posted by: Cowgirl on 24th Aug 2012 at 01:06AM

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Camilla's Avatar I usually shop more online, we are about half an hour by car to main shops but I do shop for groceries mainly for local produce in small shops in the village. No book shops here in the small village so this I usually buy online mainly from Amazon and because they are slightly cheaper too.

We have a fab second hand nearly new vintage clothes shop in the village which is only 5 minutes away, bought DK Bennett twin set, pair of Helsinki trousers and garden party dress all for 30.!

Posted by: Camilla on 24th Aug 2012 at 01:45AM

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Lily's Avatar Totnes? Yes, have been following this one re Costa. I'll be interested to see how many customers they have when next in Totnes. (inhabitants of Totnes have objected to Costa and said they will boycott) . I might be tempted as I really like their coffee, so could be the sole customer.
I've been buying second hand books online really cheaply which I recycle via the local charity shop after reading. Thus helping local + web based shops.

Posted by: Lily on 24th Aug 2012 at 08:29AM

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