For lazy procrastinators like me, there is online shopping and same day delivery. Sometimes I wish I could get help picking things – and that’s exactly why I’m excited about Vue – an app that is coming soon to address the shoppers dilemma and bridge this gap!
I’m a last minute shopper. Well, I do everything at the last minute – more or less. My to-do list is forever overflowing and there is a constant need to prioritize the top most bleeding needs. I’m sure many moms with a full time job can relate to this. This year, I’ve exceeded my own expectations (of procrastination, just to be clear of what we are talking about here)! Not only have I not shopped at all yet, I have not even made a list yet (gasp!). The rest of the days leading up to Christmas look daunting to me.
About a couple of years ago, I signed up for Amazon Prime. And I haven’t looked back. I have been an online shopper much prior to that, but becoming a Prime member took it to another level. I have not yet shopped for groceries online (I know I’m not an early adopter there), but only because it is difficult to find some of the Indian groceries for reasonable prices online that I could try out. But, I’d do anything to avoid having to go to the store. Occasionally I miss being able to feel fabric and look at variety – but, I have such little time that I’d rather do something else with my time than be in a store.
Online shopping is great, but then I struggle with choices. I keep looking at images from various angles and wondering if a piece of clothing is going to look good. 3D models and high quality images have certainly made the experience quite good, but I still miss being able to ask a human what they think about a product. I visited H&M the day before thanksgiving (the new start of Black Friday) and as I rushed to pick up some pants in the 10 minutes I had, I got tips from a fellow shopper on some amazing deals on cool sweaters. As I picked it up and thought about it, she also helped me decide what colors looked best! So, that’s the real insight I miss out on by shopping online!
But, the app world has seen some efforts to the rescue on this front in recent times – apps like Polar allow users to solicit opinions from other users. It has been moderately useful, although I think something with a more dedicated approach to helping people shop would serve better. On that note, some friends have been working towards an Android app called Vue – that is designed to solve the shopper’s dilemma in exactly this dimension. I’ve been previewing it and I’m very excited about it! When I combine online shopping with a way to share opinions, I’d be set for a while! Until I desperately want perfection in that augmented reality means of virtually trying things on…
Now, off to my to-do list so I don’t make Santa look bad to my kids!