What Goes Around Comes Around

Chained stores trump independent ones, the internet trumps chained stores, but what trumps the internet?

I don’t know what it’s like elsewhere but shops and businesses are having a terrible time of it. Despite putting the post-Christmas sales on before Christmas almost everyone has come to the new year very much battered and beaten and perhaps a bit poked and prodded too.

All these massive High Street names are succumbing to the fickle whims of the general public, crashing upon the rocks of bankruptcy and clinging desperately to the precipice of credibility. Names once held with respect are fading into the abyss as debt creeps slowly through the country much like mist along the coast. It surrounds us all and some find it inescapable.

But seeing giants knocked to their knees makes me think that this was bound to happen. You know the old saying what goes around comes around? Well I think it fits here perfectly.

Stores never used to be super or chained, they used to be small and independently run. You could buy your bread from a bakery and meat from a butcher, videos from a video store and bookshops never used to come with a coffee one attached like a parasite.

The reason individual shops disappeared was because lots of what we needed could be found in the same place at cheaper prices.

Yet they are now a rarity. To see an independent bookshop is a novelty (pardon the unintentional pun). It seems that the unique shops have been muscled out of the market by these major shops, but they are now the ones suffering such treatment.

The reason the shops are suffering is because most everything can be found and bought on the internet; everything we need can be found in the same place at far cheaper prices.  Sound familiar?

HMV Group is just one retailer that cannot compete with the internet. Although music, films and books (be they physical or digital) are popular in the marketplace. But despite their sales both HMV and Waterstone’s are suffering, they just can’t entice people into their shops while iTunes and Amazon offer a service where people can get what they want straight away without having to leave their houses.

Not long ago the character of unique shops dotted the High Streets and were then replaced by the vibrant hues of Morrison’s, Tesco and Asda, but now there is no colour or character. instead there is a bleakness consuming the country. Where once there were window displays there is now a run down shop face bordered up, claiming yet another victim. If it weren’t becoming such a common sight to see the dreary slab of whatever nailed to the walls it would be almost as conspicuous as a flickering and blinking neon light. 

But like I said earlier, what goes around comes around. What could there possibly be that could bring down the cyber marketplace? I have no idea, but for all we know it could be lurking around the corner, skulking in the shadows waiting for its moment to burst forth.

It’s kind of sad but I guess everything has to move forward, even if it does leave a desolate trail behind.

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4 responses to “What Goes Around Comes Around

  • chattingwithspirit

    Although I too am saddened at the number of empty shops on the high street, I suppose we should accept that this is what is termed as ‘progress’.

    We must all take some of the guilt for the demise of the local shops because the majority of people like the convenience and lower prices of the larger stores. The whole way of life has changed dramatically in the last twenty years or so. Far more people drive now and expect to be able to park within a few yards of the shops. Also, the hours that shops are open has lengthened. I can remember when shops used to even close on a Wednesday afternoon – it was common practise, and the only shops only on a Sunday were newsagents.

    Now we have the internet, home shopping has become the norm for so many people. I must admit I have done ALL my Christmas shopping online for the last few years. For me, being chronically ill, it has been a godsend, but had I been well I think I would have preferred the hustle and bustle of pre-Christmas shopping with all the Christmas music playing etc.

    Will be interesting to see where things are in a few years time eh?

    • Summer Grant

      I’m guilty of buying online too. You’re right, we just hve to accept it but it is sad that we’re losing the shops.

      I’m glad it has helped you in such a way though, there is definitely many advantages to shopping online!

  • El Guapo

    Yes, I am guilty of using the internet for purchases too. But I also patronize brick and mortar specially shops for items I either won’t by on the internet or just to give them the business…

    • Summer Grant

      I think we all are! I’m not saying we shouldn’t be shopping online, just observing that the internet is doing to chained stores what they did to independant ones.

      I’m like that with Waterstone’s haha. I hate not buying books there because I really don’t want it to close down.

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