SHOPPING OVER THE AGES
In pre-industrial ages, trade and bartering
were primary ways of acquiring things.
With tradesmen conglomerating into big
business, currency is more commonly used.
With currency being the majority of exchange
for goods, other technologies have emerged.
Shopping can now be done in several ways.
“Shopping” likely originated as looking
around for the best barter or trade.
These days the idea is the same, only the
exchange for goods has changed to
In earlier times
bartering goods for
services or vice
versa; or visiting
the local merchant
or tradesman for a
small selection of
Tradesmen conglomerate under a single
business in order to expand their market and
enhance their profits by lowering their
Shopping goes retail and begins to capture
particular markets and create specialized
Technology aids this process with the
creation of billboards, radio, magazines and
Somewhat before television; mailing lists
organize catalogs and print ads for repeat
Television arrives and revolutionizes
advertising by pairing audio and visual
stimulus; thus creating more convincing
With the introduction of retail, print, radio and
television, shopping is modernized.
Each new technology offers more product
Consumers are constantly getting new
options for location, variety and price.
THE ULTIMATE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
The internet is !
Consumers can rally
to review products
Access to wholesale
more widely available
to regular consumers
Using the internet to shop has made shopping
something that can not only be done 24 hours a
day but from any country the consumer wants
goods from. Buying Italian shoes is as easy as
finding a reputable, highly rated website with a
secure shopping cart and having them delivered
right to your door.
Ebay is an online marketplace where users can
put things up for sale. Options for selling
wares include: putting things up for bid,
putting things up for immediate sale (known
as “buy it now”) and allowing users to put up
their best offer for an item.
Click to learn more!
Another marketplace online is Craigslist.
Craigslist is like an international classifieds
section that allows people to trade, sell, and
advertise goods and services. Click on the
link below to browse the listings in Winston-
Amazon.com is an online marketplace that has
collected vendors and online stores from all
over. Products can be reviewed from their
description page and vendors can be rated
from their description pages.
Click here to visit Amazon.com.
Overstock.com is an online store that buys
surplus and overstock items from other
stores at a discount price and passes the
discount onto consumers by selling the
goods at a discounted price as well.
Click on overstock.com to visit the store.