Sunday, March 3, 2013

Too Many Choices

"This abundance of choice not only makes every transaction take ten times as long as it ought to, but in a strange way actually breeds dissatisfaction. The more there is, the more people crave, and the more they crave, the more they, well, crave more. You have a sense sometimes of being among millions and millions of people needing more and more of everything, constantly, infinitely, unquenchably. We appear to have created a society in which the principal pastime is grazing through retail establishments looking for things-textures, shapes, flavors--not before encountered."

I don't know who made the above quote, but I agree with it. This is why I almost never shop for clothes in a physical store. I shop for what I wear online. I've even bought chocolate, tea, herbs, books, and movie tickets that way. My senses are overwhelmed when there are too many choices. I'll walk into a dress shop, stop, and just stare. The choices are paralyzing, where in a catalog I can see what's for offer in very small bits. And even if something has to be sent back, it's worth it to me not to have to drive to the store, walk in and return the item, and try to find a replacement. It might cost a little extra in shipping, but having peace of mind is worth a few dollars.


wayside wanderer said...

I like that quote and can relate to being overwhelmed by choices, too. Where is your favorite place to shop for clothes online?

Pom Pom said...

It's easy to get out of the habit of shopping. Yay!

I hope this summer brings time for me to take MANY trips to Goodwill with boxes and bags of stuff!

My favorite online shopping destinations are Fresh Produce, Amazon, and North Style.

Left-Handed Housewife said...

I find shopping totally overwhelming and do as much as possible online, too. I've also started doing more consignment/thrift shopping. The clothes tend to be sorted by color, so I can go in with the goal of buying a lavender shirt and head straight for the purple section.


Gumbo Lily said...

I have changed sizes (smaller!) and so instead of shopping retail, I'm shopping thrift stores. It's been kind of fun and it sure saves me money. Still....I don't always like clothes shopping. It's hard work and you're right -- too many choices.