Talking about Nostalgia, I find myself wishing stores were the way they used to be.
So when you went into a hardware store you found tools and hardware.
When you went to a auto parts store you found auto parts and auto lubricants not coffee and kitchen appliances and garden furniture etc.
i will not feel one ounce of pain when these stores end up closing their doors to online shopping, it will be entirely their own fault and i welcome the day regardless of the consequences.
I remember when i worked in a real hardware store as a 15 year old, it was a great store. They stocked everything especially the rarely sold slow moving items. Then the big hypermarket concept took hold and started selling the fast moving items that hardware stores sold as bread and butter, but they purchased in such volumes and used it to undercut the small hardware store. Of course don't go to them expecting help or to find that odd item or washer. That was the beginning of the decline. Now you try find a place where you can buy a few feet of chicken wire mesh or some other oddity and its becoming impossible. The time wasted, gas and frustration just aint worth it anymore.
And don't even think about trusting the help for advice. I still ask but kick myself each time for doing it because before i ask i know the answers.
Sorry Canadian Tire your days gonna come and it cannot be fast enough for me. This store is my pet peeve even their website is a pain in the rear. Its so sad we are doomed to such mediocrity.
Thank goodness for Ebay, Amazon and yeah Allibaba or rather Alliexpress.
Latest fad to hit our area retail stores is buy online and pickup at store. Like they just woke up to the fact that people are shopping online. And all the corporate lemmings are just the same, one does it and the rest all just follow suite without thinking about the implementation.
My apologies for the rant, some times the cup just boils over. Guess i am getting old.
Roll on www.rockauto.com a company that understands service and their customers needs. A jewel in the rough. If you have never tried them for auto parts seriously give them a try you wont be sorry. They put Amazon to shame in my opinion for their category of trade.
And a tip to my fellow Canadians to help put a quicker end to the price gouging we experience here, check out a company called CBI http://www.cbiusa.com/ this is a warehousing and private mailbox company in Niagara Falls where you can have goods you purchase in the USA online and have them shipped within the USA at USA shipping rates. Then if you within reasonable distance you can drive down and pick up your goods pay your HST that is applicable and not only save a fortune but more importantly get what you after timeously. They will store a parcel for you for $5 per parcel.
Oh and there are practical legal ways around the US Paypal Account issue as well, just get your credit card company to add your Private Mailbox address to your card and then use a different email address to signup on paypal US and boom you away.
If enough of this happens, someone is going to wake up and take notice and do something about a parts store stocking coffee and sweets but not parts. Roll on free market freedom.