My Online Shopping Addiction Leads to Opportunity

Last Update: Jul 25, 2018

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Over the last few years I have turned into an online shopaholic. This addiction started one Christmas when bah humbug (me) didn't feel like braving the crowds to track down that one perfect gift for each loved one in my family. Let's face it, unless you love shopping why would you rush out in the snow and slush, park a thousand miles away from the mall, wade through the other 74,999 people of my town to find out the perfect gift you envisioned was not in stock. So online shopping began and I have been hooked since.


I always find it amazing how the internet can keep track of things I enjoy, stuff I search and items I purchase; then turn the side bar into a perfect mall of goods that I can't resist. Then there is Amazon. I will look something up that I think is so obscure, that noway would Amazon have ever heard of before. Go to the good old search bar, punch in a ramble of letters and words and lo and behold my item pops up. So totally amazing, again who would leave home to shop.

In addition to the hassle free shopping, is the home delivery. I can order something online and have it at more front door in most cases the next day.


So again no hassles of hulling bags to the parked car that is so far away I can't remember where I left it, and again hulling them up the stairs and into my house. Instead, a simple knock at the door and there it is. This convenience now even extends into grocery shopping. 10 years ago this would have been unheard-of. Which, leads me to wonder where it will all end up. Will there be Mike's Vacuum Store, or Heaven's Hand Made Wool Store, and William's Pastry?

For all the convenience that online shopping has afforded me, I am conscious of the fact that I am part of the demise of the local businesses in my community and for this I am truly sad. But I do believe the future is online business, more and more the mom-and-pop shops are beginning to realize this as well. Many are now starting their own websites to compete with the bigger retailers. Small crafters who once spent their Saturdays at local markets can now promote their talents to a wider audience online. The face of shopping is definitely changing and I believe will continue to do so.


So what brought me to write this post. As usual, I was perusing the side bar shopping mall a little while ago, and before long I was digging deeper. The backpack that caught my eye led me to the dungeons of the bottom of the page. It wasn't really the backpack I was shopping for, it was the availability of an affiliate program. Funny how I have come full circle with my online shopping, Wealthy Affiliate and the training has taught me never to miss an opportunity. When I first started, I thought of retailers like Amazon when I thought of affiliate programs, but the more I shop, the more I find.

Todays Lessen: don't forget to look at the bottom of the page, there might be opportunity awaiting you.

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Hey Mary!

Yes, I always do ctrl + F, "affiliate" to see if a site has an affiliate program. Sometimes I get my wheels turning a little too much and have to refocus on what I am working on, lol

I also like your point about small businesses going online. I don't think that small businesses should give up and there is a market that seeks small crafters and other shops.

I also believe that they can turn into bigger shops online because they're marketing to a bigger audience than just their communities.

I'm a big supporter of local businesses and am actually pretty happy that the niche I'm in supports a lot of locally based crafters.

Keep up the good work and have a good weekend :)
Marlinda

Home shopping is the nicest thing to do... you can compare, evaluate.... most shops are disappearing, leaving stage to big brands... and crowding roads with post packets...

Oh Mary, I so agree with you on the wonderful benefits of shopping from home. It used to take me a whole day going to the mall and coming home with maybe one item. And the thought of having to do it all over again if it needed to go back. We are now in a new world where...."let your fingers do the walking" has a whole new meaning.

And thanks for the tip - I too will start looking at the bottom of the page. :))

Blessings,
Lynn

You are welcome Lynn, it is amazing the number of affiliate programs you will find.
Mary

Hi, thanks for your reply, and your right as the market grows so does the opportunity. I think this is encouraging, and with hard work anything is possible. Best wishes on you Wealthy Affiliate path.
Mary

Hi Mary, You are right the marketplace has changed , and seems to be getting bigger and bigger, so there should be more opportunity. Best Alan

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