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Shopping around

March 27, 2012

I believe that in the future, shopping will be the first thing to become “virtual reality.” Sure, shopping online is great, but you can’t try on clothes, or check to see if your product is damaged. You just kind of have to play the waiting game until the product arrives a few days/weeks later.

Imagine all the trouble virtual reality shopping would save us. We wouldn’t have to go out to the store, but at the same time, we could still get the experience of shopping…the Lazy Person’s dream! Have y’all seen the Cronenberg flick “eXistenZ?” Without giving away too much, it’s about a virtual reality video game of the future. Good stuff, really. That’s what I want the future to be like. At least it will keep us on our toes.

I do, however, hate real life shopping. It’s not something I do very often, because I don’t have a lot of money or patience for that sort of thing. This past weekend, though, I was visiting my parents, and went shopping for my mother’s birthday with my father. We were at a sort of “higher-end” clothing and retail store looking to buy her some pants. After the pants had been found, we went to the checkout to purchase them.

Now, my father is a pretty average guy in his mid-50s. He tries to stay in touch with the latest tech trends and such, and does a pretty good job, but everything changes so fast, it’s even hard for me to keep up. The lady doing our checkout: “Did you find everything ok?”

My father responds politely (he’s a nice guy).

Lady: “Do you have any online coupons you’d like to redeem?”

Dad: “No thanks.”

Lady: “Alright then. Would you like a digital copy of your receipt sent  to your email?”

Dad: “I’ll take a physical copy (my mom was probably going to return these pants. She’s picky…and even less tech-savy than my father).”

Lady: “Ok, well, are you signed up for our mailing list? We’ll email you with special offers and coupons. ”

Dad: “No thank you.”

Lady: “Well, be sure to check our our online catalog. There are hundreds of products online that aren’t available in our store. If you type in the number from your receipt as a promo code, you can get a discount. I’m just going to go home and upload myself to the internet. It’s the new thing!”


From → Real Life, Sci-FI

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