Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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The Retail Apocalypse

Stores are closing as more shopping moves online, and people don't want to lose all of them

Shoppers won't get a choice, though.  Stores aren't there to make you happy.  Their purpose is to make money.  If they don't, they'll close, no matter how many people want or need them.  You can just do without being able to try on clothes before you buy them or having a hardware clerk who actually knows what the products do.  The only way stores will survive is if people shop in them, and that's happening less and less.  Worse, it's the specialty stores that get hit the hardest -- and those are the products that benefit most from personal interaction.  Some generic stores may survive, but they're not great.  Imagine a world with nothing left but WalMart and a few shoe stores.  >_<
Tags: cyberspace theory, economics, news, science, shopping
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