Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Do you like window shopping?

My window shopping in Charleston, South Carolina

Do you like window shopping?

History of modern shopping

Fairs and markets have a long and history that started when man felt the need to exchange goods. People would shop for goods at a weekly market in nearby towns. Then shops began to be permanently established. Shops were specialized , e.g. a bakery, a butchery, a grocer. Then supermarkets appeared.

There have been three major phases in the shopping / trading world in the last 100 years. In a way, these link up into a full circle.

1. Customers would be served by the shopkeeper, who would retrieve all the good on their shopping list. Shops would often deliver the goods to the customers' homes.

2. Customers have to select goods, retrieve them off the shelves using self service, and even pack their own goods. Customers deliver their own goods.

3. Customers select goods via the internet. The goods are delivered to their homes as in phase one.

It was 1878 in Dayton, Ohio saloon owner James Ritty was not a happy man. He suspected that members of his staff were stealing from his business by taking customer cash and pocketing it. Unfortunately, Ritty had no way of proving that pilfering was the problem. The next year he did. With the help of his brother, Ritty invented and patented the first mechanical cash register, named “ Ritty’s Incorruptible Cashier ”.

The last ten years have been a wild time on the Internet, especially when it comes to online shopping. The e-commerce industry has seen rapid growth, a shake out of the market due to security concerns, and finally, a rebirth thanks to new technologies and innovative ways to shop.

Read more about window shopping and shopping behaviors in general, here.

Hello my friends,

Thank you all for the many immense nice comments to my photo "RED". It was overwhelming to read all your wonderful thoughts and compliments.
I appreciate every single one.
I hope you like this one today too.

Have a wonderful day.
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The Retired One said...

Love the reflections in this one!

Susanne49 said...

Thanks Joan :)

lechua said...

hi sue, this is an interesting capture... with the mix of reflection... & it has an antique feel to it

Susanne49 said...

Thank you so much Lechua for visiting my blog. :)

Dale Frazier Photography said...

Beautiful, I have been wanting to comment on this for a couple of days now. I have an rss feed for my iphone, but I have not figured out how to post comments from it yet.
Anyhow, keep up the awesome work.

Susanne49 said...

Thanks for the comment anyway, Dale. You will figure it out, I'm sure - one day :)

Marcie said...

Love the reflections..and how they render the image abstract. Excellent!

Marcie said...

Love the reflections...and how it renders the image almost abstract. Excellent!

Susanne49 said...

Thanks for liking my "window shopping" photo, Marcie :)

Sue said...

Store front windows make for captivating images, the reflections adding an additional layer of interest! This image is fascinating.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you for this wonderful compliment, Sue. So glad you like this one :)


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