Friday, 6 December 2013

SHOP TILL YOU DROP (intermediate)

Shopping, shopping, shopping...

We have to shop now and then, right? A present, some food, clothes, a book, you name it.
And some people keep it at that: they go to a store when they need to buy something. But, is it so for most? Or rather, has shopping become a form of entertainment for many?

Isn't it true that lots of teenagers (and even entire families) can spend a whole day at a shopping mall? 

Imagine the situation:
It's a rainy winter Saturday. Or maybe it's dreadfully hot. Who knows, perhaps we simply are out of ideas on how to spend our free time. Why not go to a shopping area? Actually, there is something for everyone there: bowling alleys, cinemas, restaurants, supermarkets, games and rides for kids, and so on. And then there are shops, and more shops, and bunches of shops. Enough to satisfy everyone's desires. 

It sounds like heaven, doesn't it?

Beware, though! All that convenience is not designed to make your life easier. The purpose of it all is to lure you to make you buy as much as possible, whether you can afford it or not. All those facilities around shops are but baits. The music, the decoration, the colours and even the smells you perceive are carefully selected to transform you into the perfect CUSTOMER, an addict of shopping.

Just take a look at the way a supermarket is organised. Every detail is aimed at getting you to buy even what you don't need!

Infographic: Deceitful Aisles - An Infographic from CouponCabin
Latest Infographic from CouponCabin

Find answers to the following questions:
  1. How often do you go shopping?
  2. What do you normally buy?
  3. How much time can you spend shopping?
  4. Do you make a previous list? If so, do you stick to it?
  5. Do you prefer small stores or big shopping areas?
  6. What is a "shopping spree"?
  7. What does "aroma marketing" refer to?
  8. Find the meaning of  "planned obsolescence".
  9. Do "bargains" exist?

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