Thursday, September 22, 2011

Why men prefer shopping online

I've been reading in the news lately about how brick and mortar stores in Australia are struggling after a surge in online shopping. I know this is bad news but with the strong dollar and plenty of online stores offering free shipping, sometimes it's just better online. I have to admit, I've probably bought more things online in the past 6 months than in an actual store. I know this type of behaviour can hurt the domestic economy but I just can't help it. When you're sitting in bed about to fall asleep and you realise you need a new eye mask, or a new set of pyjamas, it's easier to just hop on Etsy or Asos, find what you want, punch in a couple of numbers and wait for your purchase.

I've also read in the news about how men are outspending women online. This is not really surprising because women actually find pleasure in shopping and most men (including myself) don't. When I think of shopping, I think of sore feet, intimidating sales staff, feeling vulnerable in changing rooms and coming home with more than you intended. Men are also different types of shoppers compared to women. We don't like to browse or window shop - I find this excruciating. Men are hunters. We know what we want and we find it. When I walk into a store my eyes literally zoom across the room and then it hones in (like a sniper) towards what I want to buy. It's easier to do this on the Internet. I would rather use a search engine than dilly-dally in a number of stores. From personal experience I find women love to dilly-dally (I love this word!) 

Dilly-dally, dilly-dally, dilly-dally. Woo!

Anyway, time for everybody's favourite. Shopping porn! Here's what I recently bought online:

Personalised tumbler from Glitzy Glam. Don't judge.

A box of Criterions from Barnes & Noble

Airplane eye mask from BibBon via Etsy

iPad Moleskine case from Pad & Quill via Etsy

All images are owned by me and cannot be reused without permission


  1. This is exactly how I feel! It's a pretty good reason why, even as I like to buy clothes, I don't enjoy going with my girl-friends or my mom. It's almost torture at times. I decide that there's nothing I want in the store, and I have to sit and wait around for people to finish "browsing" through stuff.


  2. Nice! You are the first male blogger I meet on Heart IFB. I'm definitely following you, curious to new posts! I would love it if you could follow me back, I'm new and would love some readers :) Love, Jenna

  3. I shop online all the time. It's such a bad habit of mine whenever I got an ample time and sit in front of PC, i started visiting those e-shops, and voila... next thing is, I bought the item! But it's all good. Asos is always great. So as Mr. Porter, Net-a-Porter and Shopbob. :)

  4. Well i totally agree with your point of view,mostly Men's Shopping topic is so interesting and time saving as doing shopping online,It also suits me more because of gaining updated products in short time.



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