InStore, Online or a Little Bit of Both

InStore, Online or a Little Bit of Both

Gregory Han
Feb 2, 2007
I look around our small apartment and I can't but help note that a great deal of our decor has been purchased online, whether it be via eBay, craigslist or online retailers. Yes, we've got our fair share of brick and mortar retailer purchased pieces, most notably design-conscious Target and Ikea, and we're always on the look out at yard sales, flea markets and second hand stores. But what's really changed the home decor market has been the option to shop from the comfort of my own home, where local shops are no longer the only sources of decorating possibilities. I search eBay for a credenza, and I'm showered with hundreds of listings. I'll peek in on craigslist for used desks, and it's like I'm at the Pasadena Flea Market, but without the crowds nor early wakeup time. I can shop from retailers in Tokyo and London without the jetlag or airfare tab. Amongst my younger friends in their early 20's, shopping predominately online is the norm, while my peers or older friends still like to see, touch, and then decide before purchasing. Me? Just like my age, I guess I'm right in the middle. But how much has online retailers and sources changed your shopping habits?
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