Is the internet killing the mall?

@monkmano (586)
Canada
March 8, 2013 11:04pm CST
I was just talking to my mom's boyfriend about this study he read. It states that currently about 10% of sales from a business come from online, this I assume would be stores that aren't just online stores like in a mall. Target say may get 10% of their business online. Anyway it says that in 5 years that number should jump from 10 to 25 percent! and that close to 300 malls will shut down (i think he said across canada) I love shopping online but I hate that jobs will be lost. What are your thoughts?
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@maximax8 (28570)
• United Kingdom
9 Mar 13
Only the supermarkets seem to be doing well because however bad the economical downturn people all still have to eat. Many high street shops are closing down and on-line shops are doing much better trading. It is shocking to say that in lots of high streets in my home country have bookmakers. These are gambling shops. They have sell your gold and get money before your payday shops. Many malls will close down and so will high street normal shops. In the future more people will buy on-line and not shop in malls or high streets.
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@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
wow, i dont see much of that here i dont think id go into that shop i wouldnt get enough for my gold but i am currently not desperate enough for money if it came to that who knows. i like the term "high streets" :)
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@tiffnkeat (1679)
• Singapore
9 Mar 13
For some stuff, I still prefer to hold it in the hand to make a buy/don't buy decision. The mall's not too far away, so why wait for delivery? For things that cannot be easily purchased from the mall, I will consider online buying. The only exception is probably e-books or software, since I can download and read/use immediately upon payment. When jobs in some industry are lost, other jobs will also be created. The world goes on. Don't read too much into lost jobs.
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@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
i still feel for the individual, who loses their sales job. because i am on the bottom of the job barrel too and could be replaced so there lies my concern. i do agree some things i would like to buy in store, now i like to get bath products in store because they can show up broken and messy!
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@Otanetix (509)
• United States
9 Mar 13
I guess it makes sense how more and more people are embracing online shopping. For one thing, items that you would find in the mall could be found at a much cheaper price online. There are people who also enjoy the idea of not having to go outside to shop. But not all businesses will close down. Some businesses need to be presented in a physical store. However, for items like electronics and books, it's highly likely that businesses within those industries will close down.
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@Porcospino (18647)
• Denmark
9 Mar 13
When I look at the malls in my country I don't get the impression that the physical shops are going to disappear. There is a big mall in the large city on the neighbour island and they have recently increased the size of the building in order to add more shops. When I visit that mall there are plenty of customers. Many people shop online today and I also do it sometimes, but there are still people who prefer to visit the shops in person because they think that is safer and easier to pick the right things for instance clothes when they are able to see them in person.
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@lelin1123 (15643)
• Puerto Rico
9 Mar 13
Well I do 95 percent of my Christmas shopping online mainly because most of my gifts are for family that live faraway. Plus you can avoid long lines and the big crowds. However, I believe there are still people who rather buy stuff in person then online. Instead of hoping that what you ordered is of good quality. Also I think alot of people don't want to deal with getting orders that they have to return because it was not of good quality or the wrong size as they thought it would be.
@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
i have ordered many things online that I have received broken, but it is great for family far away you can just send straight to them with gift packaging! Once i ordered proactiv online and it was everywhere! yuck so sometimes the mall is a good choice. guess it depends on what you order.
• India
9 Mar 13
I had find I have got my orders really nice with good packing and with great care. I am well satisfies with the products too. Still now I had done only electronic online shopping. I am much worried that shopping the other materials will put troubles on me. How about you ?
9 Mar 13
I love to browse through the internet. Whenever i plan to buy something (big value items like: gadgets, appliances, or even designer bags or shoes or clothes), i tend to browse the internet to check on: price ranges, features, quality, availability, etc.) I also read the blogs/comments of those who have already bought a similar item, and i really take note of them. But once i'm decided on buying the item, I still want to go and buy it in the mall, where i can physically see and feel the item. If what i see satisfies what i want, or what i have in my mind, then i buy it.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
I think as far as buying clothes and things that one has to check, the Malls will not shut down. However, they have to be careful especially in winter as when it gets really cold, there are people who do not drive and to whom taking a bus would hurt them financially - those fares do add up. So they have to keep at least one Mall without walking distance. Also when one shops online, there are shipping and handling charges except when you buy a certain amount. That means that if you want to buy online and avoid charges, you may have to purchase maybe fifty dollars or one hundred or whatever. So for little items, or something under that amount, you would have to go to the Mall.
@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
yes its true that companies offer free shipping only after a certain price, so you have to buy lots. if you want a small item it would cost much more to ship it than to go around the block. clothes will always be something people want to try on, though i personally dont like this! so tedious and un-fun.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 Mar 13
I sure hate it when I cannot afford to buy enough to get the free shipping. I do know there is a Staples about a kilometer away and a few months ago I needed some ink, but had to wait until I had the fifty dollar purchase to buy it, and now there is a sale on my online health food store, but it is based in the States so do not know if the free shipping is for Canada. And there are times when I got a pair of jeans with free shipping or was it not gst and pst? And then when I needed another pair, (they never have my size in the local store), even though I got a discount, with the shipping it cost more.
@Mavic123456 (15118)
• Thailand
9 Mar 13
this might be true to their country but not in our country Philippines. If you see the mall they are still jam packed with people... either shopping, or eating, or watching movie or just hanging around for free cool air for summer. LOL. nevertheless I think there are some sites offering such also locally. Aside from the items are shown in the website they are also offering some rewards or some freebies as the promotional gimmick. Advantage, it is convenient and the customers don't need to go to malls just sitting pretty at home. Disadvantage, the customers don't know the quality of the product they are purchasing for it is just flashed electronically, the size and weight .. and so on...
@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
ya i do like to look at what i purchase, and worry a bit when i buy online that what i get will not be what i thought i bought, i got a cheap phone case on ebay and it showed up its pretty poor quality and bad artwork on it lol but i still use it. the mall is not so packed here, i think maybe tourists will go there because its near the hotels
@Mavic123456 (15118)
• Thailand
10 Mar 13
ahhh good for you... in the Philippines ha! parking space is difficult to find. LOL good thing I don't have car and I dont like to go to the mall without any specific reason for buying or eating
@blackrusty (3530)
• Mexico
9 Mar 13
I also love to shop online when i can as it does save you time and money for gas or taxi or bus cost and a lot of times you buy stuff with a online discount price but yes it would be a shame to loose obs as well
@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
online shopping can be great but having to actually go to the mall can save money, because we dont get those 1am impulse buys lol i bought a $50 book and had to cancel it in the morning, insomnia is great!
• Mexico
9 Mar 13
ouch 50 dollars for a book no wonder i dont read lol
@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Mar 13
I never go to themall any more. I shope online. It is too convenient to pass up. And the mall has too many expensive boutiques. I haven't been to mall in years. It only makes sense that if ordering things online is cheaper then people will go online to shop. There is shipping and handling but alot of sites even forgo that.
@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
yes sometimes online shops even have special sales (score!) so i definitely like that, you can get so many more unique items on the internet whatever your heart desires so that could be an important factor there is only so much a mall can offer.
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Mar 13
The internet is cool. I have social anxiety so having the internet is like a whole new world for me. It has helped old businesses alot since it came into being. A store that might have otherwise gone by the wayside is revitalized by the internet.
@gerald_lian (2193)
• Australia
9 Mar 13
I believe that the internet is definitely killing the malls to some significant extent. We can get stuff online for so much cheaper nowadays, and the stuff can be delivered to our doorstep with some retailers even providing free postage or delivery. In my hometown, there used to be 3 major malls around town; now 1 of them had closed down totally and another one of them had literally become a ghost mall. It is indeed sad that jobs will be lost as a result of that, but online shopping is a fast developing trend that is almost impossible to reverse. People prefer to sit in the comfort of their homes rather than go out for a walk at the mall, which does contribute to the problem.
@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
yes, if you go on ebay who knows the great things you can find for cheap. and a lot of stores offer free shipping after a certain price so it saves you a trip to the mall. i hope it hasn't literally become a ghost mall! lol
• Australia
9 Mar 13
Ghost malls can be a good thing too. I dislike packed malls where you actually have to jostle for your walking path and sometimes having to wait to be served or to find a seat in a packed restaurant for a meal. In ghost malls that will never happen; you will have as much space as you want to walk and no or minimal waiting times because most shops are almost empty. I remember once I went to this ghost mall in my hometown and the KFC restaurant had about 50 tables and only 2-3 tables were occupied! And mind you, it was lunch hour!
@topffer (36370)
• Djibouti, Djibouti
9 Mar 13
I believe it depends from the business. Sellers of antique books are already making more than 25% of their income online. Selling something online needs people to do it, so it does not kill employment, it just moves it.
@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
yes, but surely it takes less people to sell things online, answer emails, package and ship things than staff a store to clean it keep it shelved, manage etc. many stores across the country. they already have people in those jobs for selling things online when a store becomes unprofitable will those employees get a job at a warehouse or as a customer service rep?
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@topffer (36370)
• Djibouti, Djibouti
9 Mar 13
They have always to manage stocks ; if they don't shelve goods to be seen by public, they don't have to package and ship things in a mall ; some people are needed to maintain the web site ; it is why I still don't think that it kills employment. And because shipping has a cost, selling online is not convenient for low value items like food, so malls will never disappear.
@redredrose (1107)
• United States
9 Mar 13
Some book stored have closed due to people buying them online or having kindle to read. I more stores close then we lose more jobs and what do those peopled o? They have to look for another job and jobs are hard to find these days.
@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
yes its a shame, my favourite used bookstore closed. many people are done with paper books, but i prefer them. the people in the stores may not be qualified for the online jobs too. ones that may be created by more online business. so there can be an individual impact
@BigMoney25 (1257)
• Philippines
9 Mar 13
Not at all, people still go at malls to dine and buy clothes, it's just that the digital way of purchasing items is sometimes more convenient to do because there's no need to use transportation and spend on gasoline just to get to a store or something.
@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
there is that, definitely people want to buy their clothes in person to try them on.
@r0ck_r0ck (1953)
• India
9 Mar 13
We all know as technology has evolved everything has become automated and people are loosing their jobs. Internet shopping also is kinda the same. You could be in the mall half the day looking for your favorite things to shop or you could just go to the webpage for around 30 minutes and pick up the one you like and they would even get it delivered to your place with an option of cash on delivery. I would personally go for the online shopping as i am a bit lazy. :]
@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
yes i definitely do that check it out in store then get the deal online a lot of stores offer online sales which can draw you in. i wish i could get a decent priced grocery online service i would never leave my house LOL!
@stanley777 (7177)
• Philippines
9 Mar 13
I think in progressive countries like the US, Europe and others, it could be possible. Because it's the trend now, many are selling online and some finds it more profitable. But in third world countries like ours, maybe it would take time. I just hope, what you have thought would not happen in the future.
@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
it would be a shame to lose shops, there is definitely an experience unique to malls.
@elsino91 (443)
• Poland
9 Mar 13
I think maybe in time shopping malls will be rendered obsolete but that isn't going to happen any time soon. There are still many people who prefer to shop in traditional brick and mortar shops rather than online. But the truth of the matter is that society has made the internet such an important and permenant factor of their life that it's inevitable that it will start to replace things like shopping. Banking is another sector in which the internet is starting to have a strong fotthold and may quite possibly, sometime in the future replace it. But like I said this isn't going to happen overnight and will be a long process.
@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
yes i think banking is something that would be less likely to go completely online a lot of people would rather keep cash. but if i had less transaction fees i would only use my debit card and check my balance online. many people get paid via electronic transfer as well.
• Philippines
9 Mar 13
I don't think that malls will eventually go out of business although there is that possibility that more and more people will resort to online shopping in the days to come. Still, malls cater to the needs of individuals who prefer to go window shopping first and only think of buying afterward. Another thing, there is really no replacement for the thrill and excitement some people and of course, children derive from going to malls. In short, there really is no substitute for the experience.
@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
it can be fun to go to some malls, especially big ones that have attractions or a restaurant you can go out to lunch and then browse. this one in my town is less attractive so it doesnt really draw you in to look, its like weve seen it all there haha.
• India
9 Mar 13
Now a days I am also going with the online shopping to buy the electronic equipment. Recently I had bought nice mobile phone, pen drives and many others. I find very good with it and I will keep doing to buy the electronic needs. I do so because I find I get a good product and along with it great care to it. May be some of the malls be shut down but all of the malls or shops will not do so because there are people who are found of shopping from malls.
@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
i find that communicating what i need for an electronic product is easier over the internet, at least for me. so i would likely buy over the internet
@natliegleb (5184)
• India
9 Mar 13
I think so yes and even the world of fast and quick chat is making mail look so dumb and i think it will get shut down all across the world
@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
yes, it seems the world is becoming more and more impersonal.
@lampar (7597)
• United States
9 Mar 13
No, it will not kill the mall business. Internet only make it convenience for some people and specific segment of the population to do their shopping online, but it will not stop shoppers from visiting shopping malls, supermarkets, and retail stores across the country, there are still many people like to do their shopping by having the ability to touch and feel the goods and products they are going to buy, try them out inside the store before they will pay for them. With this type of mentality still prevalent among shoppers in general, it is hardly possible for the internet to kill the mall in the near future.
@monkmano (586)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
yes that makes sense, it wont die but it will take a hit. i do like to shop both ways so of course id like all the malls i like to stay open! but some may become not worth keeping open