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    Favorite place to shop (in person)?

    Since the lockdown and a lot of businesses closing, there was an influx of online shopping. I have done mostly online shopping for nearly 10 years now so it was nothing new for me but there are still some stores I enjoy shopping at in person. We had a craft store not too far from where I live that I loved going to but they unfortunately closed last year. The only ones around here now are the bigger chain stores which tend to be more expensive. We have a few shops that sell a bit of everything, kind of like Walmart but not as expensive believe it or not. One that I used to go to all the time was Marc's. It has a close-outs section with tons of great products for very cheap prices. I once got a large framed mirror for only $10, the price you'd expect at other stores would be $80+ easily.

    So where are your favorite places to shop out in the real world?

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    I have to be honest: almost nowhere. However, I would have been able to give a better answer if things were different. You know, if we still had Blockbuster Video. If we still had video game shops that are actually good. I have seen a couple of retro game shops local to me pop up over recent years but they always seem to get wiped out rather quickly.

    I've talked about online grocery shopping before but even without the coronavirus I'll still be shopping online. There are people (usually boomers) who look down on frequent online grocery shopping like it's a taboo. At least, they did, but many have been forced into shopping online because of the virus. I sure hope that changed their view and other people's too. I just don't get the logic. Okay, you go out to the supermarket. Technically, walking around a supermarket for 15-30 minutes is some kind of exercise, but the car journey there and back isn't, and collectively a lot of fuel to boot. I found it weird that my parents acted like there's some kind of social benefit to offline grocery shopping. Well, I can say that supermarkets here are often nasty places, but then I look at videos of Walmart in the USA and I cannot fathom why somebody would choose to go there if online shopping is an option!

    Anyway. With that out of the way, I guess if I was buying more clothes like I used to do, I'd go clothes shopping every now and then. Obviously there are major benefits to clothes shopping in person, even though sites like Amazon offer easy returns. It's still a lot easier to just go there in person. I'd probably go to somewhere like CeX. (Not sure of US equivalents, but they sell cheap games, DVDs, CDs, various hardware.) The problem is that the hardware is usually awful quality. I got a 1TB hard drive that not only broke in five minutes but also had someone's data on it. I'd have returned it but it was incredibly cheap so I didn't think it was worth the hassle.

    Oh yeah, there is one place I would go locally on a fairly regular basis, but the problem is that it isn't super-local. I don't drive. It'd probably take well over an hour to walk there, obviously same for the walk back. It adds up. Bus service can be very awkward. Uber isn't so cheap. And that place would be my butcher. They sell the best meat, way better than the supermarket. I just order online but I'd go to the shop itself if it was feasible.

    I think that's it. Of course, convenience store if I'm out of something important.

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    Aside from Akihabara in Tokyo, I don't really have any stores I care for. I can't say that I enjoy the act of shopping itself, but I do like getting out of the house from time to time so it does offer me that. We don't have Amazon groceries where I live...or the other services that do shopping for you like Doordash, Grubhub, or Postmates either. Even with the virus I've done all of my grocery shopping in-store.
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    Now that you mention that, I do really enjoy shopping in Spanish towns and markets. I guess shopping is a lot more enjoyable when you're abroad and can experience different cultures. While Japan isn't at the top of my list, I do envy you for your multiple Akihabara visits.

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