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Shopping in a Mall vs Street Shopping - Convenience vs Authenticity
Will you give up an authentic shopping experience for convenience?
Malls are convenient. There is no arguing about this fact. The air-conditioned building filled with premium and elegant stores makes you shopping session more pleasant and stimulating. But is it worth it? Sure, they provide an array of products at one place with no real hassle. But they charge heavily for this convenience too.
This is where Street Shopping come in handy. This is a more authentic and financially viable form of shopping. Here you get the freedom to choose. You get to actually talk to the owners of these stores and let them solve any of your problems personally. Since these stores are directly accountable to their customers and competing for their attention 24/7 a better service is to be expected.
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But there is a kind of risk when you get out of your comfort zone. When you explore for these shops on the city, there is the risk of wasting your time on bad stores. Along with this , the sticky Summers and Moist Monsoons may result in an unpleasant shopping experience.
Fashion trends in malls feel very controlled or streamlined. They aim for the mainstream audiences and never provides for alternative niche trends. There is less authenticity in such a controlled environment. Whereas I'm stores you can actually visit the store you want to visit. This store may provide you with your authentic niche clothing line or may have generic western clothes but in the end it is your choice and the overall environment is not controlled by someone else.
In the end it all depends on the person. There is a struggle between time and money here. There is also an underlying struggle between authenticity and convenience too. A full time worker may not care about authentic fashion sense and will value convenience more. While a Professional presenter who needs to look good in front of others for his career will value a more authentic shopping experience to stand out among the crowd.