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Two Egyptian women shopping at a market next to the Al-Ghouri Complex in Cairo, Egypt.
Market Hall, Gdansk, Poland

Shopping is an activity when people find some goods they want or need and pay money for having them.


There are hundres of shopping malls in the world, since the 1950s when were created the firsts.

People who go shopping visit shops. Those people are called "shoppers". They may go to buy things, or just to look. It is mostly explained like leisure.[1][2]


Often shopping means not just buying goods, but the whole complex, which also includes entertainment (restaurants, cafes, cinema, etc.).[3]

In modern society, about a third of all goods are manufactured for the real needs of people, and the rest belongs to the "optional" group (new fashionable models of mobile phones, color "tabloid" magazines, "super-cutters", "Fat burners", etc.).

In some places, shopping is considered an important activity or even a hobby.[4]

There is a television program called Shop till you drop. It is a game show for shoppers.

As in the case of alcohol, drugs, gambling, the Internet, food, with a passion for shopping, a painful addiction called oniomania can develop, also named shopaholism. Psychologists confirmed that addicted people become dependent on doing shopping, being in a state of euphoria and thus reducing a level of stress.

Currently, online shopping is becoming an important part in the retail industry.[5][6] According to different studies, women are more involved in shopping — about 80% of consumers at all.[7]

Related pages


  1. Mishra, Anubhav A. (2015-01-01). "Consumer innovativeness and consumer decision styles: a confirmatory and segmentation analysis". The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research 25 (1): 35–54. doi:10.1080/09593969.2014.911199 . ISSN 0959-3969 . 
  2. Jones, C. and Spang, R., "Sans Culottes, Sans Café, Sans Tabac: Shifting Realms of Luxury and Necessity in Eighteenth-Century France," Chapter 2 in Consumers and Luxury: Consumer Culture in Europe, 1650-1850 Berg, M. and Clifford, H., Manchester University Pres, 1999; Berg, M., "New Commodities, Luxuries and Their Consumers in Nineteenth-Century England," Chapter 3 in Consumers and Luxury: Consumer Culture in Europe, 1650-1850 Berg, M. and Clifford, H., Manchester University Pres, 1999. 
  3. Arnold, Mark J.; Kristy E. Reynolds; Nicole Ponderc; Jason E. Lueg (August 2005). "Customer delight in a retail context: investigating delightful and terrible shopping experiences". Journal of Business Research. 58 (8): 1132–1145. 
  4. (in en-US) History of Shopping - Eprretailnews. Retrieved 2017-10-21. 
  5. Dennis, Steve. "Retail's Single Biggest Disruptor. Spoiler Alert: It's Not E-commerce" (in en). 
  6. "E-Commerce Disruptors". 
  7. Popcorn, Faith (2000). EVEolution : the eight truths of marketing to women. Internet Archive. New York : Hyperion. ISBN 978-0-7868-6523-9 .