I know, I know, I told you I would stop doing this but I just couldn’t help it. The other day I had an idea and I just couldn’t get it out of my head so, despite the words from nearly a month ago, here comes another idea.
The idea came to me while shopping at E-mart (basically a Wal-Mart) and, in the middle of trying to decide between two different options, I became frustrated because I didn’t know which one would fit best in my room. Similarly I thought that there have been many times before when I wasn’t sure if the color or design would match with my room or decor. What if it was too big when I brought it home? How inconvenient! Having to drag the entire purchase back to the store simply was out of the question.
Even with the internet at hand and being able to see things and compare their dimensions online before a purchase, from experience I can say that it doesn’t always work out the way you thought (quality of the product upon arrival may be different than you had imagined it when you saw the picture online) On top of that, there are impulse-buys to consider. Almost everyone is a victim of the impulse-buy. Shopping with a friend or just out to get another carton of milk and BOOM! we nab a snickers bar, futon, TV, etc. With almost no real thought put into the process we are sure to find that upon installation in our homes the entire product is questionably imperfect.
The solution? Perfect-Fit Shopping. Picture this, going into your favorite store and shopping for kitchen supplies, home decor, electronics, etc. and being able to instantly know how the product looks in your own home–without actually taking it home. It would be something like this: Everyone would have a fully 3-Dimensional model of their home’s interior and it can be updated at any time the homeowner desires; Shopping centers like Wal-Mart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, or (insert your favorite store here) would have a 3-Dimensional Comparison Center within the store where shoppers can upload their home; Finally, products offered in the store would also have three-dimensional versions that could be uploaded in the Comparison Center. Then, with all this in place, the shopper has simply to select the products at the store–after testing things like feel and sturdiness–and place them within their own house…all while never actually leaving the store! It is the perfect way to be absolutely sure that what you are buying has everything you are looking for: Feel, look, quality, fit in the house, color coordination, you name it.
In the past merchants traveled to people’s homes where people could see and test everything they ever wanted without ever leaving their homes. Today we have to travel many miles just to see what is offered but even when we get there we tend to be unsure if it will look or feel just as good once we return home. Not to mention the mere cost of travel! I can’t wait until someone invents this.
Pros: Able to test the feel and quality of the object in the store, While remaining in the store we are also able to test the look and fit of the object in the exact setting of our homes, never have to return things simply because we didn’t like it after we got home, well-thought-out impulse buys, decreased spending on fuel for travel to and from the store, others?
Cons: The fact that my entire house is mapped out in 3-D and that I can access that from little more than a Wal-Mart is bit scary to say the least…