How long will you stand in line to buy something ?

Canada
September 23, 2008 11:56am CST
You never know how long you are going to be stuck in a line up at the shopping store when you go to buy something and at Christmas it can be a lengthly wait even if you only have a couple of items , so how long will you stand in a line up to purchace your items ? Would you wait all day or do you get discouraged and leave and hope to find it somewhere else where you will not be in line all day ? What about when you are stuck behind someone that is waiting to find the price on something will you wait or move to another lane ?
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@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
23 Sep 08
I'm not a patient person and I have never liked standing in line for long. Now that I'm in constant pain (arthritis and fibromyalgia), there's no way that I'll stand in line for long periods. When I arrive at a store and can see that the lines to check out are long, I usually go elsewhere to shop. I also make sure that my Christmas shopping is done long before Thanksgiving, so I don't usually have to suffer long lines (or cranky people).
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• Canada
23 Sep 08
Standing in line would be harder for one in pain . Thank you for your response .
@angela38 (122)
• United States
23 Sep 08
I hate being in line in a store and when it is at the holiday time unless i am feeling up to it I will not even go out to a store during the holidays unless a lot of people will be with us. You can forget that idea with me because it is not my thing.
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• Singapore
23 Sep 08
I can't stand waiting too!
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@weiwei88 (119)
• Singapore
24 Sep 08
it all depends on the item that you are purchasing. Is it worth it to wait a long time for that particular thing that you are buying. But sometimes people who are impatient will get very frustrated so the best for them is not to queue. If i really want that particular thing, i would queue up even if it is for hours. At the end of the day the one who is happy is me as i got my stuff.
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• Canada
24 Sep 08
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@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
24 Sep 08
For me it depends on how badly I want the item. For example, I stand in a long line to get meat pies when I'm hungry or really want to see a movie. I just think of the pleasure of getting what I want and don't count the minutes. I once stood in a line to see a movie for two hours. The meat pies caught me for 15 minutes once. And, sandwiches took me for 45 minutes at a subway outlet here in Port of Spain.
• Canada
24 Sep 08
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@mimico (3618)
• Philippines
24 Sep 08
Well I guess it depends on how much I want the thing that I'm buying. If it's just chocolate or something I can do without, then I'll leave it. If it's on sale or if it's the last pair of shoes in the store then I don't mind waiting. Sometimes when the lines are so long I feel discouraged from leaving because I feel that I've already made progress even though my turn is still so far away.
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• Canada
24 Sep 08
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@dionesioz (100)
• Philippines
24 Sep 08
me, i dont want to wait, ill just see the line 1st before i purchase the items, i will go to mall when they are on slack period.
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• Canada
24 Sep 08
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@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
24 Sep 08
Patience is indeed a virtue which I apparently don't have. LOL! I don't like waiting in line and I could never wait in line for more than 10 minutes. I usually do to out of the way dept stores even if they are more expensive just so that I don't have to fall in line. During Christmas I also avoid rush shopping and do my shopping weeks ahead.
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• Canada
24 Sep 08
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@WANGLIKOU (114)
• China
24 Sep 08
generally speaking,I am usally stuck in a line for about 10 minutes.I hate waiting in a line,for me ,it is a waste of time.so if the queue is too long,I just left and go back there after a while.
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• Canada
24 Sep 08
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@lingli_78 (12836)
• Australia
24 Sep 08
i am not a patient person as well... and i think the longest time i would be willing to stand in queue is 20 minutes... anything more than that is unacceptable... i will just leave my stuffs and go if that happens especially if i am in a hurry... take care and have a nice day...
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• Canada
24 Sep 08
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@Beruang (1309)
• Malaysia
24 Sep 08
Under normal circumstances I would not buy anything if the queue is too long. I would rather come back another time or go somewhere else to get the same thing where the queue is shorter or better still if there is no queue at all However, if there is no other choice, I would then stay in line or wait for my number to be called. So far, the longest wait that I had to endure was more than 4 hours and that was at a local post office. I needed to send some registered mail urgently and therefore, I had to wait for more than 100 people before me to get their things done. If not due to the urgency of the matter, I would just drive around and look for another post office or wait for the next day.
• Canada
24 Sep 08
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@gracie04 (4554)
• Philippines
24 Sep 08
i don't like to be stucked up in line for hours.. you know, im kind of impatient when it comes to waiting for things to be done..
• Canada
24 Sep 08
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• Philippines
24 Sep 08
Good day.. It depends on what the item is and if it's on a discount sale. If it is then I will patiently wait in line for it. I'm a sucker for discounts and sales.
• Canada
24 Sep 08
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@cloud69 (113)
• Philippines
24 Sep 08
as long as it take if i am not in a hurry since that make process of buying orderly.
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• Canada
24 Sep 08
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@zebra2222 (5240)
• United States
24 Sep 08
I won't stand in line for more than 10 minutes. I tend to avoid shopping malls. I don't shop at peak hours. I don't enjoy shopping that much that I want to wait forever to buy something.
• Canada
24 Sep 08
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@lizard211 (240)
• United States
24 Sep 08
I think the longest time I have stood in a check-out line was about 30 minutes. I do try to avoid shopping during busy times though. For me, it also depends on how much time it took me to get to the store. If I already invested 20 minutes in driving (actually, sitting in traffic), I will "stick it out" at the store. However, I would never wait in line all day, even a hour. I rarely change check-out lanes even when I am stuck behind someone.
• Canada
24 Sep 08
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• Philippines
24 Sep 08
Oh well maybe i will wait even a long time if i really like the product..... I have a little patient in my body but one of my personality is enthusiastic........ Thnxs for this threads............... KEEP ROCKIN...... xoxo
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• Canada
24 Sep 08
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• United States
24 Sep 08
If they do not have Celeb magazines (etc In touch, Star..) FOR-GET it, lol. I can be as patient as ever as long as I have some good celeb gossip but if not yea, I am impatient and will give it 10..15 minutes on a good day but that I feel like is being pretty nice but if someone in front of me is holding up the line just being complicated for what I think is ridiculous reasons I will not wait around. But that brings up another thing--what about when you get to a cashier that hold YOU up and in return you have to hold others up to wait for a 'key' or for the sorry reason they do not know a code (which they should), I will sypathize with a new worker, but somebody that waits until the problem arises to figure something out ticks me off. If there is a self checkout I usually will go to that right away but where I end up running into lines time after time is KMART where there is usually 10 registers but only 2 cashier running them, they did have self checkout but ended up getting rid of them. Will I leave the store all together? I really do not kwow because even if I go in for something I usually remember something else I needed so its hard to say I would just leave for that reason.
• Canada
24 Sep 08
So true :) Thank you for your response .
@relundad (2311)
• United States
24 Sep 08
It really just depends on my mood and the urgency that I have for the items. Since my days are pretty flexible, I normally try to shop at odd hours when the stores are less crowded. I am more of a compulsive shopper so usually I can always wait on the item. I try to stay away from the type sales that people will sleep in the parking lot for...lol.
• Canada
24 Sep 08
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• Canada
24 Sep 08
I love shoppoing so I can stand in line all day but if I am in a lane and I see another lane going faster then teh one I am in then I will jump over to that lane so I don't have to wait as long. At christmas it is bad cause you have to stand in all the lines for the longest time and it is times like these I am glad I like to shop cause I can see hwo this would get some people upset and just leave there stuff behind.I don't like when I am stuck behind someone who has to get a price casue the ones who work in the store taek forever in finding a price you would think they could be faster then tehy are half the time tehy are all standing around doing nothing anyway.
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• Canada
24 Sep 08
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@dookie03 (578)
• United States
24 Sep 08
Depends how long the line is to begin with and i think it also depends on who the gift or item is for. If it is for my wife or son i'd probably wait an hour or so. If it was just for me hell i'd come back some other day and get it. Either that or i'd go to another store if i had the time that day.
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• Canada
24 Sep 08
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• Malaysia
24 Sep 08
I am pretty impatient...i will tend to move around to shorter lines rather than wait around at that same lane for too long. However, there is no harm waiting around if I am not in a rush to go anywhere else, or to do anything else. Sometimes, it is the cashier that is the slow one...so...word of advice...MOVE!
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• Canada
24 Sep 08
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