Not that a certain pair of eyes may see this, or that he is getting anything in his stocking other than Coal
, but this year we did nearly every bit of our Christmas shopping right from the keyboard. Pretty darn amazing, but it must be killing the local malls more and more, every year. With the price of gas, running all around town, not finding something, having lunch and snacks while you shop, the savings more than makes up the shipping fees. Oh did I mention not having to stand in line either.
Even more amazing is the last minute delivery specials. Started ordering Monday and Tuesday, and been delivered already all day today. Most ground shipping is usually 4-5 days, but they are delivering in 2 or less. The post office keeps telling us they are broke,
they need to start delivering like UPS or Fed Ex.
I have to say, I do feel for the small retailer, he can't compete as it is, but when you are competing against these giants it is impossible to beat their buying discounts, or even think about getting these shipping deals. Bed Bath and beyond, Home depots, Walmarts, all the big retailers, get these shipping rates slashed when they bring multi million dollar shipping volumes to the table. I ship one little box cross country, and it costs an arm and a leg.
The internet has taken over the retail business industry, and we may all see malls completly vacant in not too long.