As House of Fraser becomes the latest high street chain to fall on hard times, consumers have expressed concern about where they will go to get their hands on products they can later buy cheaper online.
As high street mainstays continue to go the way of Boris Johnson’s Downing Street popularity, many shoppers are beginning to worry that browsing products in a shop before going home to source the best online deal they can find might become a thing of the past.
“It will be such a shame if the High Street disappears,” explained concerned consumer Simon Williams.
“It provides a valuable service to consumers like me who want to touch and feel a product before buying it on the Internet.
“With a photo on website, you can never be 100% sure you’re getting exactly what you see – but when you can pick it up, play with it, even plug it in, you know with a high degree of certainty that you’ll get what you want when you place the order on Amazon later in the evening.
“Sure, online reviews can help you make a decision about a product, but the best judge of whether a product is right for you, is you – and what better way to make that decision than by visiting a shop on your high street and asking if they stock it so you can hold it in your hands and see if you like it.
“In my experience, shop staff are incredibly helpful in getting things out for you to handle, and are extremely knowledgeable about the products themselves – much better than looking through an FAQ on a website.”
“It’ll be such a shame when they all lose their jobs.”