Saturday, December 6, 2008

Holiday Shopping - Yuck

I really don't like to shop during the holidays.  When I go to a physical store, I always find things I want for myself instead of for the people for whom I am shopping.  Then there's my issue of hating people and crowded stores.  Rude people, poor customer service, and all that noise combine to create a nightmare for me.  Yes, I'm the one who chose to live in one of the largest cities in the world (an estimated 8,214,426 according to the 2006 census).  I'm not asking anyone to feel sorry for me; I'm just venting.  I know there are some things you have to buy in person in a store, but for the most part, I'd rather shop online.  

Which raises another issue.  I live in a building that doesn't have a doorman, so sometimes receiving packages can be a bit tricky.  If no one is home to sign for a package, UPS, FedEx, or the post office leaves a note.  After three delivery tries without a response from the package recipient, the shipping company takes the package back to its store.  (Is it actually called a store?  Warehouse?) Anyway, I have to pick up the package, which can be a pain because I have to walk all the way to the post office (3 blocks) or UPS (10-minute subway ride), or FedEx (less than a mile, depending on which location).  And I'm a big baby.

This Christmas everything I order online is being shipped to the Mail Boxes Etc. in Greenwich Village.  It will cost me, though:  $5 for envelopes, $10 for boxes up to 44", and $15 for boxes larger than 44".  True, it's almost the same as picking up my packages at the shipping locations (except that's free, actually), but I like the fact that MBE will call me when it arrives, so there'll be no back and forth, "Oh, I tried to deliver, but you weren't home" nonsense. Plus, I won't run the risk of my husband intercepting the packages and discovering from where I ordered his gifts, thus ruining the surprise of Christmas.  (He's lucky:  He ships my presents to his office.  Since I'm self-employed, I have no office.)

At any rate, holiday shopping is annoying.  I'm trying to get it out of the way early to spare myself a ton of bah-humbug moments.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more. I hate shopping anytime of the year. I don't even like grocery shopping.