Opinion

Speed-shopping is the way to a man’s heart for sure

I REALLY enjoy a bit of convenience, especially when shopping.

Like most blokes, shopping to me entails knowing what you want, going to a store, buying it and getting the hell out of there so that you can do something more productive - even if it's watching motor racing on the telly.

The convenience bit has become even better over recent times with the advent of self-service kiosks in the major supermarkets.

Many is the time I've needed to drop in for a bottle of milk and a loaf of bread, then waited at the 12 items or less aisle where three people in front of me have decided that 25 is close enough to 12.

So, to me, the self service aisle is a wonderful innovation.

In terms of social interaction, it's not so great.

I was at Bunnings on Sunday getting a new spark plug for the trusty Victa, which decided on Saturday afternoon it didn't like me.

And the transaction was so rapid - in there, find the right aisle, grab the right spark plug, back to the self-service kiosk, and I reckon the whole job took me four minutes, give or take.

No waiting in the line while two home renovators are before me with overladen trolleys.

Isn't it great? It meant I could get those lawns done so much sooner than I would have.

One of my favourite pastimes, apart from watching vehicles going very fast with high powered and very loud engines, is reading.

Totally the opposite - totally quiet unless you're interrupted and you have to go back to the start of three paragraphs earlier to again pick up the thread.

And now I can even make that transaction a rapid one - the library has a self-service kiosk as well.

I must admit I haven't tried it yet, but I'm guessing I'll give it a go next time I go to find a now book to read.

Of course, there's a cunning plan with all of this self-service stuff.

It means the companies don't need to employ as many people - and employment is usually their biggest cost.

I'm just waiting for the prices to start slowly dwindling down now that their costs aren't as high.

But I'm sure not holding my breath - just enjoying the speed of the transaction.

Topics:  allen winter, opinion, shopping




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