Shopping (25102)

What is shopping?

Shopping is the purchase of a service or product that is paid for with money or exchanged in kind (equal in value). Shopping is also what you do when you buy something for your home, your family, your friends, or yourself. This kind of purchasing can include: groceries, paper products (such as Kleenex), toilet paper, napkins, paper plates, cars, bicycles, furniture, toys, appliances, pillows and pillowcases, blankets, sheets, clothing, gifts, and any of the other millions of items that are for sale in today's world. Some are needed (known as "necessities"), some are simply things we want or desire (known as "luxury goods"), and many are things that we think we need. The process of shopping can also give some people a feeling of higher social status or self-worth.

Why do people shop?

Shopping is primarily done out of necessity. The more technology has advanced, the more products there are that we need to buy. For example, with every new cell phone or computer, there are hundreds of available accessories.

Individuals and families are no longer totally self-sufficient. People must rely on the output of other businesses, to buy the many items needed to survive and live a comfortable, enjoyable lifesyle. People no longer grow their own foods, raise or hunt their own animals for their meat, build their own furniture, or make their own clothing. With the ability to go shopping, none of the aforementioned actions are necessary.

Shopping can also be a social event. Teens love to hang out with their friends in malls, to look for items they need, but also just to chat, laugh, and be friendly. Women seem to enjoy shopping more than men. However, it can be fun to sometimes go shopping together, making it like a date and perhaps also eating in a restaurant. Women love to shop with their friends, helping one another decide what looks good to wear, or help them find a bargain (items that are on sale at a discounted rate). In fact, the bigger the red "SALE" sign seems to be, the more shoppers are attracted like metal to a magnet, tempting them to buy items they don't necessarily need at the time.

This brings us to another far more drastic reason people shop: oniomania. This is a disease commonly known as the "shopping addiction." Although retail shopping has escalated in recent years, this disease was first diagnosed as early as the 1800's. It is often accompanied by other impulse, mood, or anxiety disorders. Fortunately, it only seems to affect about 6% of American shoppers.

Where do people shop?

Just as you are able to shop for anything of interest, shopping can take place almost anywhere on the planet. Shopping can happen from a variety of locations, such as:

  • Grocery Stores
  • Retail Stores
  • Discount Marts
  • Gas Stations
  • Car Dealers
  • Shopping Malls
  • Garage Sales
  • Flea & Craft Markets
  • Lumber Yards
  • Hardware Stores
  • Do-It-Yourself Centers
  • And many more places

Anywhere, anyplace, anytime, anything you desire, want, need, or even just think you need, can be purchased by shopping.