10 things I hate about shopping

Published: March 4, 2012
The aimlessly wandering people. While I have no beef with window shoppers, I hate it when they block the way.

The aimlessly wandering people. While I have no beef with window shoppers, I hate it when they block the way.

1.    The bargaining. One thing I love about malls and high end boutiques are the fixed prices. Nobody ever thinks of arguing there but in the markets it’s a completely different story. Sometimes I feel like I’m a lawyer in some court, continuously giving justifications as to why I am right. The judge and the defender, however, happen to be the same person aka the shopkeeper.

2.   Association with girls. For the umpteenth time, not all girls are born shopaholics. Some of us are just as dumb when it comes to shopping as boys are.

3.    The parking. There is never and I repeat NEVER enough parking space the day you choose to go shopping.  Yes, there have been several tickets and even a few tow-truck related incidents.

4.    The aimlessly wandering people. While I have no beef with window shoppers, I hate it when they block the way. There should be a traffic rule for these situations.

5.    The ogling. There have been very few times when one can actually make a trip to the mall and escape this. Boys will be boys but what the heck is up with the staring girls? I never can tell whether it’s admiration or hatred. What’s that? You think its appreciation? What are you, mad?

6.   The so-called sales. Honestly, just stop with the ‘up to 70% off’ nonsense. The clothes on sale are not even worth looking at. And the stuff you really want is usually not even included in the sale. But of course, it is well known that if you hang a few sale banners, the women will automatically come.

7.    Running out of money. You know how sometimes in a hurry we don’t bother taking much cash on the way to shopping because we usually plan on buying this one thing and then rushing out? It always happens that when something really catches your fancy you don’t have enough money. And of course it’s the last piece available too.

8.    What you’re looking for is never there. Most of us usually have an idea of what we want to buy, and when we don’t see it, we usually end up wandering from shop to shop until finally — yes, you guessed it! We go home empty handed!

9.    The regret. Have you ever not bought something you really liked and then obsessed over it for hours at home?

10.   It’s tiring. So very tiring. You step out with just a few things in mind but soon enough one thing leads to another and before you know it, you have your hands full of bags, credit down to half and severe lower back pain.

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, March 4th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Pagall
    Mar 4, 2012 - 11:52AM

    Again 10 things


  • Mar 4, 2012 - 11:53AM

    I hate about 10 things to hate


    One more to the list, a girl writing about hate :)


  • Mar 4, 2012 - 12:03PM

    Why mostly girls come out to be the author of “10 things i hate about”Recommend

  • Mar 4, 2012 - 12:48PM

    By the way, from the quality perspective, this article sense a lot and much better than most of the previous articles in this series


  • Pinky
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:49PM

    reasonable points about “upto” sales & parking…

    but how about 10 things i LOVE about something…a little less of hate, for a change :)


  • Sajjad
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:50PM

    Lolz, Totally in agreement with Usman. And even so, they would always have a million reasons to do the same thing over and over again …


  • Mar 4, 2012 - 12:57PM

    @pinky and All
    Instead of 10 things i love, series should be changed to

    “10 ways through which i can help the society”


  • Zeta
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:31PM

    pointless and worthless


  • Mar 4, 2012 - 2:01PM

    why not 11 things?


  • zalim singh
    Mar 4, 2012 - 3:01PM

    only one thing to hate- pay up.


  • hooligan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 3:21PM

    My wallet’s too small for my fifties AND MY DIAMOND SHOES ARE TOO TIGHT eh?


  • Bukhari
    Mar 4, 2012 - 3:38PM

    Number 8. A hundred times this.


  • Bilal
    Mar 4, 2012 - 3:41PM

    Y do you always talk about things you hate? So much negativity!


  • Shocked
    Mar 4, 2012 - 5:35PM

    alright guys, let’s not comment here….khawateen ke maslay ajeeb hotay hain :P
    let’s just sit back and enjoy them argue which of these 10 points is more important ;)


  • Bukhari
    Mar 5, 2012 - 3:28AM

    I know people say that you should be optimistic and try to see the good in everything instead of focusing on the negativity. I ask them “Why?”. The world isn’t exactly made of cotton candy and marshmallows! It’s ok to be negative some time. Well s*it! I think it’s ok to be negative all the time! Just because everyone else is too scared to face up to the truth, doesn’t mean everyone should become an ostrich! If you catch my drift.

    P.S I seem to have gone completely off topic.


  • Ozymandias
    Mar 6, 2012 - 12:09PM

    Yet you take the time to comment…tch tch


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