Thursday, July 16, 2020

It's Probably Time To Flirt With Online Shopping If You Haven't Already

I've seen quite a few posts on my social media streams from people who are completely frustrated with in-store shopping. Their frustrations range from having to distance themselves 6 feet and wearing masks to not being able to smell candles and try body spray samples. And, it's only going to get worse with recent announcements from large retail locations.

Walmart and CVS made the announcement yesterday that masks will be mandatory at every single location across the United States. Target too.

Rumor has it that Home Depot, Kohl's, Lowe's, and other major retailers will be following in the same footsteps.

Each location has set a date as to when this will happen. It's not happening immediately because these retailers are providing training for their employees to enforce this and how to handle situations when customers don't want to comply or pitch a fit.

Honestly, I think it's going to be a shit show. I have lost count as to how many videos I've seen of customers throwing a fit when told, "No mask, no service..."

Things are only going to get worse.

Up until now, I've refrained from responding to debates and memes and the controversy surrounding COVID-19.


Yesterday, I responded to a few people who posted news articles about "No masks, no service" at these major retailers. My response wasn't to support or criticize these retailers. Instead, I offered an alternative solution.

Online shopping...

To back up a few steps, over 10 years ago I was a remote employee for and online shopping site that specialized in online deals and coupons. That's when I began shopping online. A few years later, I was hired by another online shopping site.

The bulk of my job was to find online deals and coupons from hundreds of retailers that we were affiliated with to post on their website. I posted thousands of deals for items including, but not limited to, apparel, electronics, household items, furniture, gadgets, gifts, and everything between.

What sweetened the deal was being able to use an online coupon code for additional money off, a percentage off, or to score free shipping.

In 2015, I shifted my focus and career onto other things, but I still continue to do the bulk of our shopping online.

Throughout my career and beyond working for online shopping sites, I have learned quite a bit. I've had a few mishaps, but for the most part, my experience with online shopping has been positive.

Although I've done the bulk of our shopping online in the past, over the past few months, compliments of COVID-19, I've had to order more items online for several reasons...

Lisa is an essential employee.

I am the wife of an essential employee.

We have greatly reduced where we shop and when for obvious reasons.

And, with the upcoming mandatory 'No Mask, No Service' policies taking place, there will be a lot of angry customers and those who want to stir up trouble.

I've lost count at the number of videos I've already seen of this happening.

Increasing our amount of online shopping has not been an issue at all because of my experience but for many, it's a struggle and completely new territory.

In the next day or so, I'm going to write and publish a blog column with some online shopping tips and advice.

Stay tuned...


Here is the blog column with some tips and advice for those who are new to the world of online shopping...

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