Forced Shopping Is Tough

by B Kenney | September 23rd, 2008 | Women's Fashion

Even when shopping is pliable, most men know what they want, when they want it, and know which store to find it in. The latter can rarely be said about the shopping tactics of a woman.

Ladies, I’m sorry. As much as you believe your shopping experience is crisp, quick and clean, it simply isn’t compared to the standards of men.

Women love to browse while shopping, and sometimes every store available is their playground. One of the worst things for men is wandering aimlessly around a shopping center spending hours looking at nothing but new purses, a new pair of shoes, or a “few” new blouses

Here are some quick tips to make your next “forced” shopping encounter even just a little better.

  • The biggest thing to keep in mind is that if you are not happy, no one will be and there is nothing worse than being dragged along by a woman that is not in a good mood. It will serve for a very unnerving experience, trust me. The only thing you can do is try to enjoy yourself and make your outing as pleasant as possible for everyone involved.
  • As much as you hate doing so, offer to hold the bags for your feminine counterpart. Chances are she doesn’t like having to juggle a bunch of bulky shopping bags while browsing shelves and clothing racks. The more you help her out, the more likely she will find what she needs faster; even if sometimes she really doesn’t know what it is she wants.
  • Playing games is fun, so make up a little game to play with yourself so you can remain occupied. I find it fun to look around and watch the other men forced into the same type of situation and rate how their shopping experience stands compared to my own. It is actually quite comical sometimes to see how others react to the same exact situation you are in.
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up. If you see a store you would like to browse in-between travels, then just bring your female companion along with you. Sometimes even though spending more money is not an option, browsing products you are interested in helps keep the mood positive.
  1. shadoweaver says:

    Well, I can see you’re a real shop-a-holic — you’re the real deal. Anyway, I’m always tagged along when my wife shops, and I liked this specific article because it hit the spot for me. “Forced” shopping can be tough, but there are ways to lighten it up. Thanks for giving tips on how to do so.

  2. Carl says:

    Ha! Shopping with my other half is a chore I can do without, not even games make it more enjoyable

  3. I resent how you assume all women shop like your wife. Personally, I seldom shop and when I do, it’s usually my husband’s idea! Yeah, I frankly prefer to avoid stores, thus avoid spending money unnecessarily. If I do shop, then of course, I will look things over carefully before actually purchasing–especially clothes and shoes. I’ve learned it’s always best to try things on first.

    Other things I browse through first are greeting cards. How can you make a proper selection without reading all that apply and giving them all a fair chance?

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