Shopping for Shoes II

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I bought my second pair of shoes on the web. You may wonder how can I buy the shoes without trying out in the store. Yes I did. I found out the price is much cheaper in the online store, $85 vs. $130. I felt pretty bad for the store clerk who showed me the product. But again I am not a rich guy now. As you may know, the world second richest man Warren Buffett also uses coupon at the “Diary Queen” store. By the way, he owns the Diary Queen Inc. So essentially he is putting money from the left pocket to the right  🙂  

This is my first shoes purchase from web. Online shopping (and banking) is nothing new to me. Amazon started it with books and CDs about 10 years ago. The interesting part is, with the development of e-commerce, we can now combine both the web and brick mortar stores to buy almost anything online: from appearel, cosmetics, electronics, shoes and even cars. This does not mean the real store will phase out. I think they need to provide more value (better service, better price, more choices) if they want to compete with the online stores. In other words, they have to earn it. Otherwise, people will just go online and buy everything from Amazon. Also, the stores both have online and offline presence such as WalMart, Best Buy and Target will have some advantages providing customer services (compare to pure online stores).  

For those curious minds, I got this Johnston Murphy Shuler Bicycle Toe from Zappos

johnston murphy shuler bike 


  1. Well…how about the economically disadvantaged that don’t have access to a computer or don’t have the Internet at home?

    Stores like did create a new retailing model resulting in tremendous savings passed onto consumers like you and me and germinating new business opportunties for many others…however they are not without their flaws for various political, social etc reasons.

    In short….we still need stores like dsw or shoe carnival especially on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Oh..those were nice shoes…btw.

  2. Oceanid,

    Couldn’t agree you more. Is your name “fair”, seems always! While the lazy Saturday afternoon, that’s the girls’ issure; for boys, they need to watch the baseball……

    Yep, VERY NICE shoes!

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