Stores: Machines Designed to Separate Me from My Money

I’m pretty frugal and don’t get my entertainment from hanging out in stores. Actually, I generally hate shopping except on the rare occasions when there is something I really want that I’m excited about. I can shop online for most stuff and save myself a lot of headache and time. Because I don’t like shopping, I can go quite a while between visits to a store other than a grocery store. When I do go to a store, particularly a big box store, it’s usually a bit of a shock but I quickly adjust to the bright lights, big spaces, and loads of products and I quickly get what I need and get out. I’m not phobic about shopping; I just find the whole experience unappe


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5 Responses to Stores: Machines Designed to Separate Me from My Money

  1. AdamCO says:

    I was in the Peace Corps for 2 years. Boy do I remember the first big box store I went into when I came back – Petsmart. I became so overwhelmed I left the store without buying anything. Then I went home and sat in the basement where I was living for like four hours.

    Most every returned Peace Corps volunteer has a very similar story.

    I’m desensitized to big box again, but stepping away from our culture for a while makes us realize how bizarre it really is.

  2. Joanie says:

    You get the same “oh, wow” effect if you turn off the tv – or rather turn off broadcast tv/cable and just watch dvds as I did 3 years ago. When I go to friends’ houses and see tv now, the overwhelming negativity, buy-buy-buy commercialism and fearmongering (and not just in ads) just jumps out. I think you get desensitized to that on tv as well.

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  4. Panda Bear says:

    Oh, how I LOVE going to the stores and seeing all of the wonderful new products that are out on the market for purchase!
    Whether I am just “window shopping” and dreaming or actually purchasing, I get a HUGE THRILL out of either one!
    I can go into a 24-hour store at sunrise and still will not be finished by sunset!
    I can eat, drink, go to the bathroom, drop off prescriptions, test new FREE sample products, read magazines, use hand lotions & creams, watch T.V., listen to music, inspect the “Clearance” racks, try on clothes, watch the fish, enjoy a porch swing, have some popcorn & a soda, enjoy the Garden Center with all its plants, flowers, fountains, garden seating, people watch, smile and make “gootchy -gootchy” sounds at adorable babies, read books, look at the wide selection of greeting cards & stickers and maybe buy a couple, yell at kids to “STOP RUNNING!” or “STOP THROWING THAT BALL!!” which is always good for a HUGE laugh, release a couple of balloons in that cage thingy so they fly way up into the ceiling, have a Big Mac, fries and a chocolate shake & apple pie for dessert, play with the toys, smell the flowers, checkout the new crafts, checkout the new computers, test the recliners~one of my favorite things to do! especially with a good book or a magazine, look at the posters and pictures, try the new lamps, smell all of the antibacterial soaps to see which has the prettiest scent, get free advice from the pharmacist, try on new reading glasses, try on new shoes, sandals, and slippers. Checkout the new potpourri scents, browse the many, MANY sewing patterns (no kidding! There are thousands and thousands!), browsing the Auto Dept. because I just LOVE the smell of new tires, (LOL, seriously!), checkout the new camping & fishing equipment, etc., etc., etc.
    There is so much to do how could one ever get tired of looking, testing, eating, sampling, reading, smelling, listening, watching, relaxing, playing, etc., etc., etc.,?!?!?!? If you feel overwhelmed, perhaps you are a bit claustrophobic and should consult a psychiatrist? OR, the next time that you are in Wally World, ask their pharmacist… they are literally a fountain of information FOR FREE!

  5. crazyliblady says:

    I also hate going to Walmart. The way they treat their employees and run small-town locally owned stores is horrendous. I haven’t even been in a Walmart in more than 3 years and there is one about 2 miles from where I live. If Walmart is the only place local to buy something, I will buy it online to avoid the overwhelm and contributing to Walmart taking over small towns.

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