2. Town centre or Supermarket which is best?

Friday, 27/06/2014
High Street Shopping or Supermarket Shopping Which Is Best?

This can be a tricky question but in taking a closer look at the two options you will find out that both have some benefits and disadvantages. For you to decide on which is the best you need to take a closer look at both the methods and evaluate the benefits that you will achieve in making use of either. For instance in case you will like to save time while buying your products then going for supermarket shopping will be the best idea for you to embrace. This is simply because in doing your shopping at the supermarket you will have all the items that you may need under one roof which will lead you to saving a lot of time. The following is a comparison of high street shopping and supermarket shopping:

Supermarket shopping has standard prices unlike high street shopping...

In buying your products from a supermarket you will find the products marked at a certain price which is standard. It is unlike high street shopping where prices can vary depending on which shop you are in, and if you go to a market you will be required to bargain for a fair deal due to the fact that the products are not marked at a standard price. In case you do not know the exact price of the item that you are about to buy then going for a supermarket will be better because you will eliminate all cases where some untrustworthy sellers may take advantage because you do not know the exact price for them to charge you highly.

Many people like the convenience of supermarket shopping as the large baskets or bags of shopping can easily be moved from the store to the car. So you don’t have to carry your bags for long around busy high streets. Another big advantage is the price of parking. Supermarkets usually have vast car parks with plenty of free parking. Towns and city centres usually have pay and display parking or parking meters and finding a space can be time consuming and frustrating.

Supermarkets are usually competing with each other to offer the best prices. Price matching is also a key marketing strategy employed by the big supermarkets. Since the recession the lower priced supermarkets have been gaining market share with more and more people are shopping at them to keep their food prices down.

Getting to know your local butcher, baker and grocer can be socially rewarding as well as in some cases financially beneficial. It gives a better sense of community and social interaction. You also can feel good in the knowledge that your money is directly benefitting someone in your local area rather than a faceless corporation.  Once good relationships have been built between you and the shop keeper they may throw in a few extras for free and be able to advise you on, for example,  better cuts of meat, which taste great but at a lesser cost.

In summary, there are advantages and disadvantages to both forms of shopping and it may be a combination of both is the best way forward. Get your essentials from the supermarket where you can take advantage of the free parking and price cuts. Then get your more specialist items from the specialist sellers in the town centres. For most people though cost and convenience are the most important considerations. That is why throughout the country high streets are in decline while the supermarkets keep expanding into new areas and getting bigger and bigger. The high streets have to find more unique ways to draw back shoppers, which may mean the balance could change back to the high street in the future.

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