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Is your shopping car-driven?

No, but that's easy not having a car.

Where do you shop for occasional items?  

Depends on how much time (and nerves) I have. Usually what is nearest -- can be a mall, can be a big store, can be a small shop. If I look for something specific or rare, I go to all places I know.

Where do you not?  

Nothing is pre-excluded, but I mostly avoid brand shops, and (like you) 'trendy' shops with blaring music. Generally, I don't like to shop (maybe it's a male thing?), and dislike for flashy but crappy products at large stores is paired with dislike for pushy small-shop owners who won't let me examine their products in peace.

How often do you buy items that you find are poor quality and have to buy again?  

Relative to what? I generally try to buy quality over low prize, because my experience is that on the long run this is the cheaper option, but I don't always know in advance what's quality and what's not.

How much e-shopping do you do?  

Near zero. If my memory doesn't trick me, my current PC was the first and only, and that was a bad experience (they didn't sent it as ordered, and sent it with faulty parts).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Mar 26th, 2007 at 04:01:57 AM EST
I see many wrote about open markets, I didn't mention them because it's for regular items. I also add that what annoys me most when in a mall is the noise level -- I'm not sure it is as bad in other cities than Budapest, but here the combined noise of loud music in every second story or café, the mall's own music in the hallways, the restaurants (reflected back and forth in the closed space), and of people trying to talk in this environment, is very loud. I suspect Budapest malls break national and EU rules for workers' noise exposure.

Meanwhile, since cars aren't banned in the inner city, and most of the prime inner-city shopping areas are alongside main roads, shopping there also goes with noise (plus air pollution). Still, while the appearance of malls put a strong dent in their business, many recuperated.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Mar 26th, 2007 at 04:32:23 AM EST
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But open markets are regular items! In Lyon, like in many cities, they take place daily...

BTW, why did you djinn-rate my post on the Marrakech souk?

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Mon Mar 26th, 2007 at 04:39:21 AM EST
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But open markets are regular items!

That's my point: metavision asked about occasional items, so I haven't mentioned them in my original reply.

On the djinn-rating, as you probably guessed, that was only because my mouse slipped :-) Now corrected.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Mar 26th, 2007 at 04:44:07 AM EST
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