There are so many positives about the global market and internet shopping. At our fingertips we can buy anytime of the day or night, we can save ourselves time and shop in our pyjamas, we can find the cheapest product and order it online with our purchase arriving in a few days (and we still haven’t got out of our pyjamas). More stuff, more stuff, more stuff, bargain, bargain, bargain – if there was a direct link between more stuff and happiness we would be euphoric by now.
The angst felt by many in modern society today may be perhaps related to the fact that more ‘stuff’ has a limited shelf life and the quick fix will always be that a ‘quick’ fix. Roy Eccleston’s viewpoint on ‘Windows Shopping’ in SAWeekend 23/2/2011 on the changing dynamics of retail outlets and the benefits of online shopping perhaps should be discussed from the wider viewpoint of where do we see Australia in the future and how will it affect our way of life. How do we see our communities and suburbs operating and more importantly how do we WANT to see them? Do we want our kids to know the local shoe retailer who asks how his footy team played on the weekend? Do we want the local retailer to continue to support the local footy team? One doesn’t work without the other.
The legacy that we leave our children is a direct result of the choices that we make today. From knowing the supply chain to buying from local retail outlets, (even online local would have to be better than shipping all our money across the sea!). It makes fiscal sense but more importantly it will shape our communities.