Gather ’round children, be quick as if running to a sale. Today I shall tell ye the tale of all tales. A tale ye shall tell your friends, cousins and mothers. A tale so thrilling that ye couldn’t bare to not warn others. A tale that says “beware of being up at all hours”, for this tale young followers is a tale of the internets powers.

Online shopping is something that has taken off worldwide. The idea of sitting in your bedroom, sipping your coffee in your most comfortable pyjamas while sifting through the seasons latest trends is my idea of heaven. This is not to say that I don’t enjoy the shoppers experience. Walking from store to store with a huge grin on my face (and shopping bags that weigh more than your average toddler) brings a sense of joy that radiates through me.  I must note however, that shopping also serves as my only form of exercise. The shopping bags are my weights and walking from store to store counts as my cardio (it’s the only exercise that I’m comfortable doing in public).

But I digress.

I’ve always felt that shopping online was perfect. You’re able to look at the latest fashion from around the world, most of the time at a discount, (and you know how much I love a discount) so when I got my first card that could buy me anything I desired online, I didn’t think life could get any better. After discovering my new love, I decided to share the experience with my mom who simply replied “No sweetie, it’s too complicated and those people steal your money”. I mean online shopping is one of the easiest things to do. Honestly, whats hard about ‘click, add to cart and purchase’? Ok fine, it’s not that simple but that’s pretty much the gist of it. Then again, saying that my mom is inexperienced with technology is a bit of an understatement. It goes as far as her being unable to unlock her cellphone (she has an iPhone) so we cannot take my mother’s opinion seriously.

She does have a point when it comes to people (or hackers) stealing your credit card information online. Statistically the total amount of credit card fraud world wide surpasses $5.5 billion. That’s a huge amount to just go missing from your account. Unfortunately I too was a victim (insert sad violin solo here) *sheds tear*. To be fair, this was at the height of my online shopping craze where I had very little in my account to lose but I was still bothered by it. Sure, the money left in my account couldn’t do more than buy me those cheap sunglasses sold on the side of the road but there I was sitting on my bed thinking ‘well what if I really wanted those sunglasses? Those hackers know nothing about my struggle!’ Upon reflection and after going to the bank to sort everything out, I guess it wasn’t the worst thing that’s ever happened. I didn’t die or anything, but one of my close friends always said “your problems are as big as your world”, I wasn’t sure how to take that. Did that mean my world was really small or that my problem is big? Either way I was duped and felt violated. This is not to say that I didn’t do online shopping again, I was just a little more careful when I clicked, added to cart and purchased.

Your Resident Snob


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