Window shopping-----is it typical of females?

@kalav56 (11496)
India
October 22, 2009 2:32am CST
I went out yesterday to a famous shopping area.This place is renowned for the umpteen things avilable and also for the exorbitant prices.It has evolved a reputation too that we have to bargain , quoting half the price that the vendor quotes.Now I am not too good at this though I did manage the show yesterday by picking a few odd little items.But most of it was window shopping, that would have frustrated the lives out of shopkeepers. So., we were joking at home that the moment a shopkeeper sees me , he is is going to be all set to drive me out[ short of a whip in hand]. I felt that this window shopping may be a typically female characeristic.Or do men also do this?Please do share your shopping experiences.
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@riyasam (16567)
• India
23 Oct 09
maybe ,we want the best products at a lesser price and usually we suceed,men are sure to be fooled even then we have to hhear their sarcastic comments-not that it matters,i uusually hear from one ear and let it go through other ear.
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@kalav56 (11496)
• India
23 Oct 09
THough you are young you are extremely wise riyasam.[How I would love to meet you some day--have you heard of that 'alpha' shop in Andheri So, you would pass on whta you hear from one ear to another is it?[em]lol[/em THanks for the valuable input.
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
23 Oct 09
Sentence error -sorry- I meant thta you would allow those sarcastic comments to let go through another ear.
@riyasam (16567)
• India
23 Oct 09
i love window shopping,so i do it to the maximumin kalyan.in andheri,i am a little careful as i am daughter-in-law there and my in-laws are very traditional!!!
• Philippines
22 Oct 09
I do this often, especially when I'm at the mall and have nothing better to do. This makes it easier for me to spot potential places I should check out once I am planning to do my actual shopping. It is a great time-saver!
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@kalav56 (11496)
• India
22 Oct 09
That is precisely what I too do sometimes abbypringles. Only when I go to a distant place and it is troublesome to get back again I would make a firm decision and buy things.
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Or a better way to put it would be, whether I should buy that particular thing I am considering or not. Sometimes, I have the tendency to impulse buy too. So, window shopping is a great thing to compare and see whether there is something out there that is more buy-worthy, if I may coin a word.
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
23 Oct 09
'buy worthy' --you have made the point very clearly.True, we do feel bad if we buy some junk and it is lying useless at home and collecting dust.It would have been an impulse buy.That is why I think so hard before buying [but still would look around and frustrate those poor things. The saving grace and redeeming feature in my own self is thta I wont keep asking them too many questions.
• India
22 Oct 09
HI I like shopping and also enjoy window shopping. I think it is not typically female charateristic as most of the time I do window shopping my husband will also be with me. The goods he likes to window shop is different - like electronic gadgets etc. I like dress materials, ornaments and other things most females are interested in.
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
23 Oct 09
I feel it is a long time since I saw you here, or am I wrong? Your husband seems to be slightly exceptional because men are definitely moer focused on their shopping and go to a shop or two and pick their item.Thank you.
• India
23 Oct 09
Yes I came back to mylot after a long break about six months. I usually go for shopping especially window shopping with my friends. My husband when he is ger free time come with me for shopping. Usually this will happen when we are out on holidays or during some out station visits together.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
I don't think that window shopping is typical for females only. It actually depends on the merchandise . I know of a group of male friends who love to window shop for computer parts. They even go online for this. Its a misconception that only females shop. Guys do shop too, only they shop differently from girls. If a shopkeeper would have to bar me out of his shop, it would be a bookshop. I can stand on an aisle for an hour or two browsing through books. Next will be the home furnishing/furniture store. I am not too fond of clothes, shoes, bags or make-up. Oh, I forgot to mention I love to browse jewelry shops. Even if I don't go in, I will just look at their window display and wish that someday I'd be able to afford to buy them.
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@kalav56 (11496)
• India
23 Oct 09
Thanks for the lovely respone.I am just the opposite. I would not look around in a jewelry shop but look at garments. I also browse books but here my purpose would normally be definite.
@danitykane (3190)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
I love window shopping...I do! But I got sad right after..hahaha Knowing i'm just there for window shopping will kill me and i'll just melt in front of the item counter... haha.. Funny thing, as you mentioned if guys like that...well, my brother is like that. When it comes to asking for some discounts, he is the one for the job. He likes to bargain everything..especially on the market. Like on buying fruits and veggies..hahaha he was like my mother. He was so funny sometimes...but it all paid off, because we always ended getting the stuff he like at a discounted rate.
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
23 Oct 09
It is a real skill to bargain and get one good product for a cheap price. I am not too good at this and only feel that my face has an expression that says "come cheat me".
@drannhh (15237)
• United States
22 Oct 09
I try not to believe in "typical female characteristics" but what you suggest is probably true. Where I live window shopping is not at all frowned upon. Rather, it is actually encouraged. Last night I did go to one of my favorite shops with the intention of buying something, but after looking around a lot I did not find exactly what was in my mind to buy. The shopkeeper recognized me though and probably remembered that I bought a lot of things the last time I was there. So she gave me a big smile going as well as coming. Here most of the shopkeepers are female themselves, so they understand.
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@kalav56 (11496)
• India
23 Oct 09
Haaa ! if the shopkeepers are female then they ought to understand our innate desire to keep looking at htings [whetehr we buy or not] THaks for the participation Drannh. THough this is not really frowned upon by those shopkeepers the men in the house pity their clan a lot as they are confronted by a female like me
• India
22 Oct 09
Most women like live to window shop,for the fact that it'free and ther's nothing wrong just looking around thinking what might be a good by.but it's very rare for man to do window shopping.
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@kalav56 (11496)
• India
22 Oct 09
That is what I too felt.Men just go out and buy what they want to.We like to linger abit.Thanks for the response.
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@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
22 Oct 09
I window shop at times but I usually do this when I am broke and when I am looking for a particular item .I maybe hit a few shops ,never more than four or five shops and when I find the item at what I think is a reasonable price then I usually stop and think about buying that item when I get money.I dont particularly like doing this but sometimes especially if there is a large discrepancy between the prices then i will do more window shopping.
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@kalav56 (11496)
• India
22 Oct 09
I dont go out much and when I do I kjust love to gaze out and do this window shopping.
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
hello lakav56, i think it's not only for females but also for males in all ages. this will help everyone what to buy for a gift to someone if there is an special occassions like birthday, weddings and any anniversary for that matter. aside from that, so we can compare the price what store offers the cheapest for that matter. indeed, some salesladies will tend to ask if we are going to buy a certain item for that is there job. sometimes, you are tempted to buy or shall i say force to buy, even it is not necessary because you are ashame or something. and sometimes, we need to be firmed to say that we are just looking. this way, we don't have unwanted bill.
@lingli_78 (12834)
• Australia
22 Oct 09
i don't think so... nowadays lots of men also like to do window shopping... but the stuffs that they are looking for of course is different from us... they like to look at electronics stuffs or cars more whereas women like to look at clothes, shoes, bags, jewelleries, etc... but i think both sexes love to do window shopping nowadays... take care and have a nice day...
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• Singapore
22 Oct 09
I think generally window shopping is for woman. Actually 'shopping' itself is for woman. We really like to buy things for ourself but sometimes we just want to satisfy our eyes if our budget will not allow us to buy anything at all. Also, we tend to weigh things out, which one is better and just taking note of those prices, colors and variants before we decide which one to buy.
• Boston, Massachusetts
22 Oct 09
Hi Joy, ...a typical kind of window shopper. I do the same thing too. My husband is so amaze when he's with me doing my window shopping--he admired how patient i am to be so meticulous and detailed in my shopping.
• Singapore
22 Oct 09
Hahaha. You must read the email about the difference of man and woman on shopping. The fellow put an illustration of the difference. He lay-out the floor plan of a mall and put a woman's and man's track on it. You will see that woman will tend to visit each stall/boutique before heading the exit door while man only visit 2 stalls. Quite hilarious but very good interpretation of our behaviour.
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
22 Oct 09
Joy evaldez ; there was also another email thatlisted out a number of things and the last statement in this was that " man invented money;woman invented shopping.' After that woman has stopped inventing because she is still shopping.
@thea09 (18314)
• Greece
22 Oct 09
Hi Kalav, I replied once and had the misfortune to lose it so now you're only getting half a response and no mention of window shopping. But, I am so jealous of you for having the old haggling method, I could be the world expert in haggling whilst shopping in countries where this habit is expected and welcomed which it isn't here. I remember the delights of those souks and markets in Tunisia and Turkey where I was encouraged to haggle and perfected my method. He wants 100 and you start at 50, no start at 5. It is an art. when the vendor eventually runs after you and spits at the ground at your feet you know the deal is sealed at the right price. I'm so jealous, it's my favourite way to shop.
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
22 Oct 09
Oh THea what a response.WHy dont you write the second lost half also for my sake/ I loved reading this 'half' a response too.But, I am not good at this thea.I am very scared and I feel it is wrong to cut the price by half but once agian I feel such a fool when the shopkeeper has pawned off something on me.See for eg, yesterday I got one small cute looking bangle and soap box for rs 120+75The woman who came after me was arguing with the same fellow saying thta he had promised the soapbox[ there were similar other ones]for 100 the previous day.this man quoted me saying that "this sister'[me,the idiot] just bought it for 120 I took hiom to task but of course the bill had already been paid.He looked such a nice good person and I didnt have hte heart to bargain withhim earlier and believed him when he said that his margins were low in those small items.The argument looked so feasible.
@thea09 (18314)
• Greece
22 Oct 09
Maybe it's a bit different there but I've shopped in countries where it's a way of life and they are most excellent at getting much more than they ever expected from from foreign travellers. It's the sort of thing you spend a half hour at least over and one feels when the price is too insultingly low. But I start low 5-100 they come down to 90 - up to 7. I once bought a beautifu wooden chess set which had inlaid drawers in the board, many years ago in Tunisia for some ridiculous price like 10, then taking it back into the hotel another foreigner approached me as he too had bought one and wanted to tell me what a bargain he'd got for 100. He thought he'd done well. So yes I window shop in town, I sometimes even enter the window althoug with a strict policy of not being allowed to buy as other more essential thhings are needed that that cute dress, but some shops have now employed rather irritating assistants who have been trained in some new method of latching onto your arm as if a shop lifter and following one round straightening all the items one has touched, most off putting.
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
22 Oct 09
What you have written in the last para must have been quite irritating. And it is sad that thta other foreigner had been ripped off like that.Thanks for the elaborate response thea.
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
22 Oct 09
I think that men tend to be more practical, they generally know what they are going to buy, they go into the store they look for the item, they purchase it and they leave. Of course not all men are the same but that is my experience with my husband. If I want to browse around and window shop which I love to do because that is how I get Christmas and birthday ideas, I am better off going on my own otherwise there will be arguments!
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
22 Oct 09
Spot on Paula! Now I too do the same thing; it is much more peaceful this way.If we have time in our hands we can browse around as long as we want without feeling fettered and sometimes guilty for dragging an uninterested person along.
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@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
22 Oct 09
I learnt that one fairly early on in the relationship! He stresses me out whenever he comes shopping with me, he huffs and puffs and always advises me to buy the first thing I come across so that we can leave and inevitably there is almost always a fight!
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
22 Oct 09
AHHHHHHH-- how can people be so similar ! I would also find it a bit stressful and in fact ehre will be a niggling feeling of discomfort within me when he comes along and I linger too long ina shop.On rare occasions my husband used to come along and I would prepare him well beforehand thta I would take one hr in a particular shop.THere are occasions when I promised to pick upa saree in 5 min and I have fulfilled it too. Now I find it simpler to go alone or with sisinlaw.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
22 Oct 09
I am one female who hates to shop. Use to like to window shop years ago but don't find it fun any longer. This was primarily around Christmas time when the windows were all decorated so pretty. I would prefer to stay home and do a bunch of nothing. Don't mind crowds and like to walk but shopping isn't my "bag." I do enjoy venturing into a craft store every once in awhile to see what is new.
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
22 Oct 09
Ok.So you must have had enough with shopping. I rarely go out and thta is why whenever I go out I AM QUITE EXCITED.thAnks for the response.
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
22 Oct 09
We have 3 daughters so I did my share of shopping when we were younger. Did a major burn out! To shop for clothes for myself takes me half a lifetime. I change my mind over and over again and drive myself crazy..lol
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
23 Oct 09
Oh dear! I am also like this .Sometimes I myself get fed up and choose and walk out very fast.
• India
22 Oct 09
From what I saw during my recent shopping adventures for Durga Puja, men these days are no less window shoppers! Wherever I went, I saw hordes of young men with girlfriends in tow, browsing thru rows of shops and stacks of goods! Basically I think it’s the young guys these days who are more into window shopping…actually window shopping gives the youth another opportunity to spend some time with each other LOL…BUT men (as with family) are not big window shoppers. They feel it’s a waste of time (as if chatting with friends and spending hours at the pub is not!) while we women know and appreciate the value of money (even if its earned by our hubbies) so we take care to chose thoroughly what we buy…*sigh*…men will never appreciate us Kala
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
22 Oct 09
Let them not appreciate us ; they will also give us their 'ever ' practical statements.[em]lol[/em And Sudipta these guys whom you have mentioned are those poor lovestruck youngsters.You can see them once they get married.
@angelajoy (1836)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
My boyfriend and I are like this. He accompanies me when I go shopping. I always appreciate having him with me because I want his opinion when I can't decide what to buy or if I simply don't know what to buy.
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
23 Oct 09
you do have a sweet boyfriend angela joy.
@zed_k4 (17619)
• Singapore
22 Oct 09
Ha.. that's cute. It's understandable for women, actually. I don't think men window shop, or perhaps there are whom I am none too sure. For me, I prefer to buy straight without window shopping. I go the store that I want, grab what I wanna buy and pay. LOL..........like a flash. The faster, the better.......
• Boston, Massachusetts
22 Oct 09
It's ok if you already know what you want to buy and where to buy it...you can really do it fast but if not then give yourself enough time to window shop to get the best buy... Zed you can try window shopping you'll love it hahahaha!
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@kalav56 (11496)
• India
22 Oct 09
masfranscisco . Zed ! There is a unique joy in looking at different things and coming back with insignificant expenditure[ poor shopkeepers.] I do agree. Males are pretty businesslike in choosing their things.Thanks for the participation.
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@zed_k4 (17619)
• Singapore
23 Oct 09
I'll try it sometime, friends.. That's right; I'm very much the touch-and-go type..
• Malaysia
23 Oct 09
Haha, that's funny! I think most people know that when we mention 'shopping', we women are guilty as charge!! Generally, men will 'only' window shop when they really need to find something and compare the prices, but they know what they want. Women, on the other hand, tend to be impulsive, though. They can pick up things that they do not even think of buying it the instant they are attracted to that item. While men sometimes, when they need to find specific items, they will either look for them in the specific shops or ask for their friends' advices on where they would be able to get those items and go straight into those shops. Unlike women, they can stop by at many shops before they reach to the actual destinations! So, I guess window shopping is in the blood of every woman!
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
23 Oct 09
Wonderful-- in the blood of every woman"--rightly said.And we get so much of joy in just doing this window shopping. I do not sigh at anything and if I need something I won't hesitate buying it at all.I never buy junk or trinkets too.So, I love this window shopping because I am quite confident thta I won't splurge unnecessarily.
• Malaysia
24 Oct 09
Me, too, love window shopping he he... Thanks so much for the BR!! Really appreciate it!!
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
22 Oct 09
When I was very small our parents used to take us window shoopping. We, all of us boys and girls would wander around a mall or downtown and look into all the windows especially at Christmastime. It was great fun and we all enjoyed it. Window shopping is good for business. Many people would come back later and buy or buy when they had money.
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
22 Oct 09
If window shoppping evolves and culminates in real buying then it si definitely good for business.Otherwise, the shopkeeprs are pitiable.
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
23 Oct 09
"to be pitied" .
• United States
22 Oct 09
Women do it on clothing and shoes and maybe vehicles. Guys generally do it more secretively. I know my brother would make an excuse to go to the auto shop store to get a part just to see what they had new in. He done a lot of dirt racing and s.5 mile racing with his car. So he was always finding ways to update and outdo the next driver. Also, I had a an ex boyfriend that window shopped in a tool catalog. He would go through and pick out the tools he would like to have and stuff like that. I know men want you to think that they are not like women in that respect. Us women just tend to do it more out in the open than the men do.
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
23 Oct 09
But we would look at and get impressed by umpteen items while their choices would be few [in relative terms ]isn't it?
• United States
23 Oct 09
that i'd have to agree with you on. There window shopping list is short while ours is generally a mile long in some cases. We tend to want better things instead of just setteling though
@sender621 (14932)
• United States
22 Oct 09
I think window shopping is for everyone. Some stores seem more geared to female shoppers than men with their merchandise.
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
23 Oct 09
Men do not have many things to llok for and they ahve a set pattern I guess.
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
23 Oct 09
Men do not have many things to look for and they have a set pattern I guess. Thanks for the participation.