Lots of merchants are seeing some business income slide, they say it's because of the Internet.
Yes I will have to agree, the Internet has changed the way you purchase certain things, like books for one.
I go crazy and order up on Amazon and in a week or two the box arrives and all my books are there! Pretty easy, brainless, and they are cheaper than going to a bookstore and not finding the book you wanted anyway.
But there are things that you just can't buy via the net, stuff like shoes, OK yes you can buy shoes, and I have in the past, but I wind up sending more than half of them back, since my foot is Muy Ancho!
So, I trashed my slippers that I walk around in half the day by going and doing gardening and other stuff that they were not designed to do.
No problem, I'll just go down to the local shoe store, they will have what I want, worse case I'll drive a few more miles, or combine it with the next trip to the big berg.
Entering the store, I am amazed that there are not only two or three pairs, but about 6 pairs of possible prospects. Some in brown,s ome in tan....I wanted tan... looks cooler, temperature wise.
The next thing I hear is that someone will be with be shortly.
Ok, no problem. I am not in a hurry.
So, 5 minutes go by, then another 5, then a few more. Finally a sales man walk to within 8 ft of me and answers his cellphone.
Why people shout into their phones I will never understand....it's doesn't make the call go any further, but they still do.....
So now I hear his conversation, his problems with stock, some other issues, on and on...
Another 5 minutes go by and I feel that his phone call is much more important than someone hovering around wanting to purchase something in his store.
I start getting closer to the front door.
I don't happen to overhear him telling anyone that he has to go.......keeps on talking on the his cellphone.
Maybe he was talking to somebody special.....important who knows......
Another minute or two, I am starting my car, getting ready to go to another task on my to do list.
4 hours later, two pairs are ordered, I'll have them in a week or so.
And they wonder why they lose business......