Are you increasingly shopping online?

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Recent statistics indicate that the number of people shopping on the high street is falling by 1 per cent each year, which is the equivalent of 2 million fewer shoppers each month.

In some large retail shopping centres the amount of shoppers increased slightly as they did in London which was up 0.4% in July compared to July 2014 however in Wales and Northern Island there was a 4.4 per cent and 4.5 per cent fall in shoppers year on year. The increase in retail parks is thought to be connected with the growth of “click and collect” from internet shoppers.

The main reason for the fall in people shopping on the high street seems to be the Internet and consumers are becoming increasingly used to shopping online for all their goods from clothes to groceries.

Do you shop online and if so are you increasingly buying from your favourite online shops?  Do you shop online for convenience or because the prices are more competitive? Over the past few years are you visiting high street shops less than you used to?

Are you increasingly shopping online?

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Kizzey
7th Sep 2015
1
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Have always hated traipsing round the shops so internet shopping for me is brill. I keep finding things I never even knew I wanted!! Very easy to spend money so have to be disciplined though - and I do love getting the parcels.
cwtchy grandma
27th Aug 2015
1
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Can't imagine not shopping on line now . Shop for household , garden items and gifts .
Easier than carrying it home and parking .
HJR58
25th Aug 2015
1
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Do most of my Christmas shopping on line. Regularly buy clothes and household and garden stuff too. Can't imagine not shopping on line now!
irisann
24th Aug 2015
1
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I shop online for clothes, petfood supplies and vitamins etc. but not as much for groceries. The reasons being competitive prices and high selection for clothes, petfood and vitamins however I prefer to 'see' what I buy in relation to my food shopping.
andbrown01
21st Aug 2015
1
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I think it is a good idea to see what
you are buying
daydreams
21st Aug 2015
1
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I alternate my grocery shopping between online and instore. Clothes and everything else I need, I buy online for the same reasons as Goldenbee said. I'm not a browser, never been one for window shopping. The only time I browse is on the rare occasion we go to bookshops and antique centres, and then it's not a case of needing anything, but just fancying a little treat!
goldenbee
19th Aug 2015
2
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No waiting, no seeing what you want but they don't have the size and you can shop at your own pace sitting in your armchair, no pushing through crowds of rude people. I love shopping on line, though I like my supermarket shop once a week, however might try on line sometime.
Baxi
19th Aug 2015
4
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I love online shopping. It's convenient, quick and often cheaper and I'm not tempted with impulse purchases at check out! I do like to support my local shops so I try to buy fresh fruit, veg and meat from local shopkeepers.
helsteph
19th Aug 2015
3
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Yes I'm shopping more online, books, clothes in sales, & supermarkets, I do buy fresh fruit & veg. at a Local shop though & try to support Local Butchers & Farmers Markets
thefilthycripple
19th Aug 2015
3
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The main reason is with the lack of variety in most High Streets , my one is dominated by pound shops ,banks and cheap clothes shops that also repair mobile phones ( often badly ) !
madchickenlady
18th Aug 2015
3
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I buy books and household things online but tend to buy food in the shop,I've stopped doing a big online shop and now shop as and when I need things either in town or at my local shop, I also prefer to buy clothes in person because I like to try it on and can't be bothered with the faff of sending things back
Pete H
18th Aug 2015
3
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The best deals are almost always online so why endure expensive parking or travel and the scrums of the high street when you can have your goods delivered to your front door next day at a cheaper price. For most purchases it's a no brainer!
Wilf
18th Aug 2015
4
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I think its inevitable-its called progress. How many of us now buy flights through a travel agent on the high street for example? But 20 years ago we all did. In 20 years time we will probably be speaking to our computers and just telling them what to buy and when to deliver it. "the shape of things to come" HG Wells
JohnHerb
18th Aug 2015
4
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I am doing most of my shopping online apart from convenience stores where I grab a few groceries or our local farm shop which is great for food and veg. The store I use most is Amazon. It is just so simple in fact I think its worrying as its so simple I shop something everyday. I have a Prime account and so most goods come the next day. In the last week I have bought books, a bird feeder and a chain saw on it! What a time saver and much cheaper in most cases than the shops
FLGal
20th Aug 2015
1
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Totally agree about Amazon. Great customer service if you ever need it too....something that's lacking at many of the bricks n mortar stores.
Marley444
18th Aug 2015
3
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I have to say that probably 95% of all my purchases are done online .. this includes all food, clothes, gifts, greeting cards, books, appliances .. in fact I rarely find myself on the High Street. I had to get a bracelet fixed last week, so I did venture out! It is the convenience factor with companies such as Amazon Prime delivering next day and even on a Sunday. Also, when buying clothes online you can search from the comfort of your own home, find the size you need in stock, and even get a range to try on at home, and then with free returns send back what you don't want.

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