THE 5 DIFFERENT TYPES OF HOLIDAY SHOPPERS
We all know that one person that sits back and waits until December 23 at 11:59pm to even begin thinking about their holiday shopping – they ignore all of our advice, they debate every point we make on why it’s better to start earlier, and then they complain for the rest of the holidays because of what they put themselves through by not taking our advice in the first place. If you know that person, they’ve likely already come to mind while you read this; if you don’t, you’re likely that person.
Either way, when it comes to busy shopping seasons we all know that a plethora of characters exist – they’re not always as straight forward as the prepared and the ill-prepared. As we enter that time of year again, we thought it’d be fun to share some of our perspectives on those very people and the different types we encounter.
1. THE “I FINISHED MY SHOPPING FOR THIS YEAR ON BOXING DAY OF LAST YEAR” SHOPPER
The overly organized; the very prepared; the somewhat annoying shopper who has to rub it in the rest of our faces that while we struggle to get those last remaining gifts finalized, they’ve had this all sorted out for months. We all know at least 1 of them. This is the shopper that loves Boxing Day not because of the bargains they’ll be finding for themselves to continue their celebrations for the current year, but because they can’t wait to get a head start on their shopping for the next.
2. THE “I LOVE TO SHOP SO I DO IT THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE YEAR” SHOPPER
We tend to find that, in our opinion, this is one of the more common characters in the world of holiday shopping. Simply stated: It’s because they’re never really not shopping. They are the friend or family member who, more often than not, will be either on their way to, at, or just leaving the mall. So, all in all, they have no excuse not to be prepared – they’re always exactly where they need to be to get what they need.
3. THE “WHAT? IT’S ALREADY CHRISTMAS TIME? I BETTER START MY SHOPPING” SHOPPER
In a world of technological advancements, we continue to see clocks, task manager, and calendars in more places than ever before. Yet, this type of shopper still finds any and every way to avoid being part of that wave of progress. Furthermore, they are likely that person you know that still has calendars from last year hanging in their kitchen (or at the very least, is a few months delayed in they have opened up the current year’s). This is the shopper that, no matter how much we talk about the topic ourselves, it’s going in one ear and out the other with them until they finally have enough surrounding them that they are forced into the position of beginning their shopping (because in order to be social during those weeks, they’ll find themselves in a situation where those around them are doing nothing but finishing their shopping).
4. THE “I KNOW WHEN CHRISTMAS IS AND I’LL SHOP WHEN I’M READY TO” SHOPPER
Stubbornness is a trait we all carry – the degree to which we display it is what differentiates us. Those shoppers that choose to consciously ignore all advice and suggestions on how to more effectively manage their shopping habits tend to be doing so more for the sake of their own preset notion that they are at a level of preparedness far beyond that which would entail that they require anyone else to intervene and interrupt their plans (or lack thereof). Unfortunately, for this shopper, their level of commonsense isn’t nearly at the same height as their stubbornness.
5. THE “I START AND FINISH MY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING ON DECMEBER 24” SHOPPER
Beyond every other type of shopper, we tend to find that this is becoming a more and more common type. It isn’t that this shopper is ill-prepared and it isn’t that they don’t care to listen to friendly advice from others about not taking this approach – they listen intently, but simply have their own plans in mind. This shopper is quite mindful of their approach and the hustle that will surely accompany it. Yet, this doesn’t deter this shopper. Why? Because they wait to be able to enjoy it every single year and wouldn’t want to change a thing.
SO, HOW DOES CROSS BORDER PICKUPS WORK?
We provide you with a free USA shipping address, which is what you use when shopping online. That is your CBP address and where the packages are sent after you deal with whatever retailer you decide to and choose whichever shipping option you select with them. Once we receive the package, we notify you. You can then let more arrive before we transport them into Canada on your behalf or send them individually (different rates to consider for each option). Then, when in the country, you can pick them up from our Mississauga, Ontario facility or we can ship across the country (you would edit your profile to include the address you want them shipped to for this option). Any applicable duties/taxes still apply – we pay them on your behalf and you then reimburse us, on top of the regular rates. Here are our rates:http://crossborderpickups.ca/rates/.
For a breakdown of a potential purchase, you can email us the purchase details and whether you plan to pick it up or have us mail it to you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAVE YOU STARTED OR FINISHED YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING YET?
If you answered “no”, what are you waiting for? We give you a great excuse to start (and finish) your shopping – we help provide access to retailers and products that Canadians wouldn’t otherwise have access to, unless they either visited the other side of the boarder themselves or chose to absorb the potentially inflated international shipping costs that sometimes accompany online shopping for Canadian consumers.
HOW CROSS BORDER PICKUPS CAN HELP
Whether you live in the Greater Toronto Area or not, Cross Border Pickups is now able to help everyone with a Canadian address achieve better cross border shopping experiences. Our Mississauga pickup facility is still actively open and receiving your packages that you choose to send there, but we now also have a direct mailing service that enables us the ability to transport packages anywhere within Canada.
Once we’ve received your items at our USA facility, we notify you and you’re then able to direct us on whether you want to allow more packages to pile up and consolidate your order to send whatever is there right away. You also decide whether we transport it to our Mississauga location or directly to the Canadian address of your choice (you set this up through your profile, after you have already registered with us).
Have you already completed your shopping?
Are you one of the many consumers that will wait until the last minute?
Which one of the characters we outlined are you?