The arrival of a package full of clothing you purchased online is enough to cause an endorphin rush comparable to Christmas morning's glee... until you open it and discover that it's the wrong size or the wrong color or the wrong item entirely. You get the picture.
Online shopping isn't always seamless. To find out just how people preferred to shop these days, HuffPost Style partnered with YouGov and polled 1,000 U.S. adults, asking men and women about their online vs. in-store purchasing habits. The results show that online clothes shopping isn't as wildly popular as we had thought:
- 32 percent of respondents never shop online
- 22 percent of respondents shop online once a year
- 34 percent of respondents shop online several times a year
- 2 percent of respondents only shop online
- 34 percent of respondents only shop in stores
- 14 percent of respondents reported they shop in-store and online in equal amounts
So why aren't we so click-happy when it comes to shopping? Promises of expedience, free shipping and professional gift-wrapping (usually for an additional charge, but still) might be tempting at first, but it seems that people are becoming increasingly frustrated with the impersonal user experience and the mistakes it begets. "For women, there's always an inherent value [to buying things in stores]," Laura Pastrana of Qvit.com, an online retailer, recently told us, "We like to window shop and we enjoy the shopping experience."
Venting her frustration with online holiday shopping at J.Crew, Dehlia Ephron wrote in a New York Times op-ed last year, "Rather than make life easier, Web shopping only complicates it in new, more frustrating ways." Funny enough, J. Crew's site has received accolades for its top-notch customer service, along with L.L. Bean, Net-a-Porter and Nordstrom.
If the cream of the online crop is receiving strong criticism, it's no wonder folks are stepping away from their computers and into the stores themselves.
Tell us: How do you shop?
The HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted Oct. 3-4 among 1,000 U.S. adults using a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered include age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion and church attendance.
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