Falling victim to online shopping

IT is all too fitting that the Sony Centres in Bournemouth and Poole have closed in the same week that the world’s biggest internet retailer announced soaring pre-Christmas sales.

All too many people must have been visiting these shops, trying out the TVs and stereos, and then ordering online.

The same habit has contributed to the troubles of Jessops, Comet and HMV.

The internet can offer all kind of advantages to the shopper, including greater convenience and, of course, cheaper prices. But we should all think twice about the future we’re creating.

Do we really want a world where we can’t hear a stereo or watch a TV and compare it with the alternative models before buying? The way retailing is going, that could become a reality.

In fact, if the internet is allowed to kill the high street, Amazon may one day have to open little local outlets where people can try the merchandise.

They could call them shops.

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1:52pm Fri 1 Feb 13

madras says...

The difference with the sony centres is that they are a one trick horse - only sell sony products. Regardless of price, better experience in, eg, John Lewis or Richer Sounds where you can consider a range of products and at a good price and not have to go Sony...
The difference with the sony centres is that they are a one trick horse - only sell sony products. Regardless of price, better experience in, eg, John Lewis or Richer Sounds where you can consider a range of products and at a good price and not have to go Sony... madras
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1:55pm Fri 1 Feb 13

madras says...

madras wrote:
The difference with the sony centres is that they are a one trick horse - only sell sony products. Regardless of price, better experience in, eg, John Lewis or Richer Sounds where you can consider a range of products and at a good price and not have to go Sony...
Sorry, one trick pony!
[quote][p][bold]madras[/bold] wrote: The difference with the sony centres is that they are a one trick horse - only sell sony products. Regardless of price, better experience in, eg, John Lewis or Richer Sounds where you can consider a range of products and at a good price and not have to go Sony...[/p][/quote]Sorry, one trick pony! madras
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2:42pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Mcfly77 says...

There is an urban legend about a local independant retailer of walking gear. There was (before they shut) a sign up saying 'It's £20 if you want to try something on and then go and buy it somewhere cheaper on the internet,I have overheads,rent,busin
ess rates etc.'
There is an urban legend about a local independant retailer of walking gear. There was (before they shut) a sign up saying 'It's £20 if you want to try something on and then go and buy it somewhere cheaper on the internet,I have overheads,rent,busin ess rates etc.' Mcfly77
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8:38pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Tripod says...

Internet "stores" also have rent, business rates etc. to pay; I remember similar arguments when Computers started being used in the work-place, predictions of everyone being replaced by machines, it didn't happen; it's just a changing market, it's happened before and will happen again, those who adapt will survive, those who don't won't.
Internet "stores" also have rent, business rates etc. to pay; I remember similar arguments when Computers started being used in the work-place, predictions of everyone being replaced by machines, it didn't happen; it's just a changing market, it's happened before and will happen again, those who adapt will survive, those who don't won't. Tripod
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