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TOPIC: High Streets
#212564
Green Man

High Streets 2 Weeks, 4 Days ago  
I still do a lot of high street shopping. I find it easier going to clothes than going online getting new clothes, shoes, records and food.

There's no pissing about with Post Office or couriers to return to stuff then wait nearly a week to get refunded. I go to various high streets almost every day for my job so taken them bag in bother, I always use cash to buy stuff. So refunds are immediate. No contactless means no hunting in every pocket looking for my wallet and then finding the right card.

Local councils have had years and chances to shake up their high streets but they just neglect them and then moan why people never visit.

Debenhams was great but in their last few years they were getting more expensive and the men's fashion section was getting very dreary and drab. M&S is the same but the women I love their style of clothes they sell in the stores. I do like M&S food, wine and their desserts are great.

Are You Being Served ? always came to mind when I used to go Beales in Bournemouth for example their sizes were small than the actual label described. If you were trying on a couple of shirts there be staff outside holding more shirts in various styles for you try on regardless of my budget.


It's a shame that Debenhams and Beales will be turned to flats but I can't see any alternative the real estate is massive and almost every town has about 3 or 4 supermarkets almost next door to each other.

Even charity shops are closing down which I thought would never happen but it's down rates and landlords not doing repairs.

I suppose a few stores could turn to nightclubs however though a lot of the stores are near private flats above shops.
 
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Jo

Re:High Streets 2 Weeks, 3 Days ago  
It's a shame about the high streets. They need to do something to compete with online sales. Have to admit, though, that I now prefer shopping for clothes online, as I can shop in a more targeted way, homing in more easily on what I want. I hate trailing round shops looking at stuff I don't want or like, finding things I do like but not in my size, dealing with unfriendly or unhelpful assistants, negotiating badly designed changing cubicles (e.g. cramped, no mirror, only a communal mirror), buying things for the sake of it that never get worn. It's so much easier to cut out futile shop visits, unfriendly/unhelpful staff and try things on at home in peace. That way I also find that purchases are more likely to get worn. But it's true that if you shop online you have to be prepared to pay for P&P, including for returns and wait for a refund.
 
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Green Man

Re:High Streets 2 Weeks, 3 Days ago  
Jo wrote:
It's a shame about the high streets. They need to do something to compete with online sales. Have to admit, though, that I now prefer shopping for clothes online, as I can shop in a more targeted way, homing in more easily on what I want. I hate trailing round shops looking at stuff I don't want or like, finding things I do like but not in my size, dealing with unfriendly or unhelpful assistants, negotiating badly designed changing cubicles (e.g. cramped, no mirror, only a communal mirror), buying things for the sake of it that never get worn. It's so much easier to cut out futile shop visits, unfriendly/unhelpful staff and try things on at home in peace. That way I also find that purchases are more likely to get worn. But it's true that if you shop online you have to be prepared to pay for P&P, including for returns and wait for a refund.

I have never had major issues with sales assistants only when I go to HMV and their knowledge of music is very limited. I wanted a Zombies LPs for a friend, the sales assistant came out with Walking Dead soundtracks. I went to the independent record shop. The owner was pleasant had what I wanted, he even had Zombies first issues of their first 5 albums. It was at cost with a discount but they were immaculate copies. Wouldn't get that on eBay or Discogs.

I just like to try on clothes straight away in shops then get my partner and her friends to decide if the clothes suit me or not. No pissing about browsing online endlessly, then waiting in at home to wait for the packages. Not forgetting what you get online is nothing like the pictures, if it's wrong size sent or it don't suit you then back to the drawing board.


My daughters are geeks for comic books, toys and table top games so comic and game shops are a great and don't forget if they are independently owned you will save a fair bit of money.
 
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#212641
Jo

Re:High Streets 2 Weeks, 2 Days ago  
Green Man wrote:
[quote]Jo wrote:
Not forgetting what you get online is nothing like the pictures, if it's wrong size sent or it don't suit you then back to the drawing board.
It depends on where you shop. I always found John Lewis's photos pretty reliable. I ordered from them numerous times over the years and they never got the order wrong. They were also prompt with refunds. Past tense as they have stopped all international deliveries.
 
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Green Man

Re:High Streets 2 Weeks, 2 Days ago  
Jo wrote:
[quote]Green Man wrote:
Jo wrote:
Not forgetting what you get online is nothing like the pictures, if it's wrong size sent or it don't suit you then back to the drawing board.
It depends on where you shop. I always found John Lewis's photos pretty reliable. I ordered from them numerous times over the years and they never got the order wrong. They were also prompt with refunds. Past tense as they have stopped all international deliveries.


I don't like John Lewis their suits are poor quality and their shirts always seem to chafe against me. Similar to supermarket tat.

I used to get my everyday clothes at Blue Inc before they shut down. Their clothes were comfortable, long lasting and good for driving in.

ASOS are a ripoff, just throwaway fashion at a cost. I'm probably not the target market but it reminds me of Sports Direct at times.

My partner bought me pair of cowboy boots from ASOS for a charity event, the boots were coming apart after the third dance. I have had boots made from the same material, they lasted a few years.

Louisiana Saturday Night was never the same game.
 
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