Ads pop up on my laptop, emails scream sale price at me, and Amazon and I have a one-click-to-buy relationship. Shopping 24/7, the ultimate consumer dream, brought to you by the good folks at the internet.
I’m ancient enough to remember how excited we all were when stores were first allowed to open on Sundays, but now…
Who needs store hours when you can buy stuff while sitting in your bathtub?
Most of the time, I’m good at reigning in the impulse buying. I don’t order from the Shopping Network, I ignore the ads for creams that claim to be better than face-lifts, and I consider things like currency exchange, custom fees, and delivery charges before pulling out my credit card.
There have been times though…
There are two red-velvet covered 1907 theatre seats from the Royal Alexandra Theatre sitting in my basement gathering dust because I read an email at 5 A.M. after a sleepless night. I thought they’d look great in my living room. They don’t.
Which is not to say that all online purchases are a mistake…
Two years ago, when he was 12 years old, Louis Bilodeau bought a flock of sheep on Kijiji.
Now at 14, he’s a sheep farmer, a high school student, and the lamb supplier to a Montreal restaurant.
He even has a dish named in his honour, Méchoui fumé de Louis.
Obviously, Louis is a smarter shopper than I am 🙂