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Shopping 'in the year of our Lord' the Internet and Bing is like putting a drug addict on the assembly line at a cocaine factory, or placing a freshly cut piece of filet mignon in front of a lion, or even perhaps like caging a wounded gazelle with a lioness and her four hungry cubs -- no chance for survival or redemption! I already loved shopping and all the spoils it yielded (except the accompanying bills....), but as brick-n-mortar stores moved their businesses online, it became easier to spend and accumulate, and less easy to track returns. Yes, the internet made most tasks easier and us that much more lazy and in debt.
I didn't think it could get worse --- but it did! The internet is vast and large, and contains an infinite set of possibilities when it comes to finding that perfect 'white pintuck shirt with a peplum hem'. The advent of Bing took what had been hours of searching and tooling through goo-gobs of pages and helped us hone in on exactly what we wanted.....provided we knew what we wanted! The desired results should have been expedited searches (yes!), less wasted time (yes!), better and more specific results (yes!), and less dollars wasted (no!). What Bing did was simply provide the shopping addict (myself included) with the 'right' answers in less time which allowed for more time to search for more stuff......'oh what a tangled web we weave....'.
I am a recovering shopping addict (as others can testify- you are never truly cured!) thus, I take responsibility for spending too much time on the internet searching for the perfect shoe, or discount codes for the perfect handbag -- but I thank Bing for keeping me focused and away from all of the wonderfully, ripe possibilities and non-sequitors that existed on the many tangential searches that I used to have. Indeed, the advent of the Internet equals infinity for a shopping addict, but the advent of Bing could be the exit door for the wounded gazelle and the recovering addict!