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Do you prefer shopping online or in shops?

Update: December, 04/2015 - 09:48

Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by the editor.

Do you prefer shopping online or at the malls?

Sales at retailers' brick-and-mortar locations suffered during the weekend after Thanksgiving as more shoppers skipped the malls and bought online, according to the

About US$1.73 billion was spent online on Thanksgiving Day, a 25 per cent increase from last year, according to Adobe Systems Incorporated. On Black Friday, about $822 million was spent by 11 am, 15 per cent more than last year, the company said. Brick-and-mortar sales fell from last year to $12.1 billion during the two days, according to retail analytics company ShopperTrak, which didn't provide specific figures for 2014.

Retail observers said it was because buyers hesitated to buy directly at shops.

Catching the movement in the US, many retailers in Viet Nam expanded their online selling. An online cosmetic enterprise in HCM City said that it opened a sale promotion from last Tuesday to this Wednesday, but ran out of goods on last Friday as too many customers ordered.

What do you think about the issue? Do you prefer shopping online or at malls and stores? Why?

What is your forecast about the trend of promotion and shopping in the future?

In Viet Nam, many people display their goods for sale on the pavement with cheap prices. Have you ever bought them? Do you think the way of shopping is more convenient than shopping in shops or online? Why?

Please reply by email to:, or by fax to (84-4) 3 9933 2311. Letters can be sent to The Editor, Viet Nam News, 79 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ha Noi. Replies to this week's questions must be received by Thursday morning, December 10, 2015. — VNS


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