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July 07, 2011

What's your shopping profile?

What’s your store-navigating style? Are you a generous, fatalistic, therapeutic, utilitarian, or impulsive buyer?
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shopping_style_inside.jpgMetro Manila is home to some of the biggest shopping malls in the world. From getting your nails done to picking up your dry-cleaning and even going to mass, there’s practically nothing you can’t do inside a mall these days. And even with the variety of activities that can be done in these retail havens, shopping remains a constant favorite--even if you're not the type to shop til you drop.

In every end-of-the-month, holiday, or midnight madness sale, there’s always a woman hauling around an armful of shopping bags even if it’s barely lunchtime. Other girls complete their shopping trips in under an hour. Some buy to indulge themselves, and others prefer to find little "just because" items for the people they love. What kind of shopper are you? Take this quiz to find out!

(Photo from Confessions of a Shopaholic courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures)

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1 .) Are your Saturday afternoons usually spent at the mall?
  1. Most probably. I spend hours in the mall during weekends because I’m a thorough shopper.
  2. It depends on what I feel like doing when I wake up that morning, so my answer is maybe, maybe not.
  3. Yes, that’s what weekends are for. It’s nice to be able to go on a relaxed stroll through the shops after a busy work week.
  4. There is no way you’ll find me at the mall on a weekend afternoon, unless it’s an emergency trip. Too many people equals chaos.
  5. Maybe, but I always try to do my shopping early to avoid crowds.
2 .) Where is your ultimate shopping destination?
  1. The Big Apple. A trip to New York is a rare opportunity to raid the shelves for brands we don’t have here.
  2. Tokyo. The Japanese the best at producing novelty items, fashion, and electronics--all must-buys in my book.
  3. Paris. I can totally see myself walking through the streets of the City of Lights and going through the chic boutiques without a care in the world.
  4. Milan. I’m willing to shell out serious money on shoes, and where better to get them than in one of the world’s fashion capitals?
  5. Dubai. The enormous malls in that city are an assurance that I can find the perfect pasalubong for family and friends.
3 .) Which TV show best represents your personality?
  1. Grey’s Anatomy. There’s almost nothing that the characters have not experienced yet. The voiceovers at the beginning and end bring up universal themes I can always relate to.
  2. Gossip Girl. The series fills my eye-candy quota, from the fine-looking cast to the straight-from-the-runway outfits. The outrageous story lines also keep me glued to my seat.
  3. How I Met Your Mother. The gang’s antics never fail to make me laugh, and their quips are so amusing that I’ve started using them to turn up the energy at home or work.
  4. Hell’s Kitchen. Panicking chefs and a furious Chef Gordon Ramsey make for good TV. I find watching him blow his top strangely relaxing.
  5. American Idol. I always enjoy picking a contestant to root for all the way, and our family’s dining room debates about who deserves to be voted off are always spirited.
4 .) Which of the following are you most likely to grab on your next trip to the mall?
  1. A pair of limited-edition sunglasses. Okay, so I don’t exactly need one during the rainy season, but they’re stylish, and chances are, I’ll never come across another pair like it again.
  2. A bright, funky scarf I spotted while making my way to the shoe section. “You can never have too many accessories” is my motto.
  3. Shoes with sky-high heels that make me feel as leggy as Gwyneth Paltrow. One of the best things about shopping is picking out items that make me feel like my favorite stars.
  4. My current mission is to locate a pair of classic denim jeans. They’re always in style, they make anyone look slim, and a well-made pair can last a lifetime.
  5. I never know what I’ll end up buying, but I always make it a point to bring home a box of treats from my favorite bakeshop.
5 .) Suppose there’s a designer bag sitting in your closet right now. How did you come to own it?
  1. I bought it as soon as I saw it. It’s the same bag the lead actress in my favorite movie owned, so when I finally spotted the exact handbag in the mall, I immediately grabbed it!
  2. I was passing by the mall on the way home from the office, and I liked how it looked in the display window. After taking a closer look, I went ahead and paid for it.
  3. I bought it after I received news of my promotion at work. I marked the special occasion by splurging on my dream bag.
  4. My mom has really good taste when it comes to clothes and accessories, and I help myself to her closet from time to time--with her permission, of course!
  5. I’ve been eyeing that bag online for months already, and I know my sister will like the design too (and will want to borrow it) so I offered to split the cost with her.
6 .) Who do you shop with?
  1. My BFF. She knows that I take my sweet time when it comes to buying stuff, plus I know I can trust her judgment when it comes to purchases.
  2. Whoever is free that day. One time, I bumped into an old friend at the mall, and we became shopping buddies for the day.
  3. My entire barkada. Who else would I want to be with when I celebrate good news or need someone to help me find something ridiculously uplifting to splurge on?
  4. It really depends on what we’re buying. For example, if I need to get a shirt for my dad, the most efficient way is to ask him to come along so he can pick out what he likes.
  5. I’m okay with shopping by myself. I don’t mind solo shopping because I get to spend time alone, and if I'm buying gifts for others, group shopping could ruin the surprise.
7 .) What body part hurts the most at the end of your shopping spree?
  1. My head. Before I buy anything, I think of scenarios like “I buy it and someone else has the same shirt,” or “I don’t buy it now and someone else grabs the last size.” Decisions, decisions!
  2. My feet. Somehow, there’s always another store that I just have to see, and I end up doing that “one last peek” at the music store or book shop routine.
  3. None, unless you consider my pocket a body part. Shopping energizes me. There’s something about trying on earrings or trendy sandals that cheers me up instantly.
  4. If I do it right, I'm not in any pain at the end of the day. Knowing which stores I want to visit ahead of time makes the trip faster and more efficient.
  5. My arms. At the end of the day, that extra bottle of hand sanitizer I got for my friend or that set of hangers I agreed to pick up for my mom adds to the weight of my shopping bag!
8 .) What kind of presents do you like receiving?
  1. I like hard-to-find items or ones that I thought were out of stock and which I regretted not getting in the first place.
  2. People are aware that I appreciate anything that’s quirky or funny. As long as it’s something that stands out, I’ll like it.
  3. I am often given gift certificates during birthdays. It doesn’t matter what the GC is for, as long as I get to make a trip to the stores.
  4. A pen–you can’t go wrong with giving someone a pen because you can never have enough of those things. Plus, I like to have backups because they seem to magically disappear just when I need them.
  5. Anything that more than one person can use, like a paperback novel, a board game, or, if someone’s feeling generous, an X-Box we can all play with.
9 .) What goes through your mind when you see the words “one-day sale?”
  1. That’s a sure sign from the fates that I should go into the store and buy something now.
  2. I’d say “That’s a pretty good deal. The shoes (or whatever the object is) don’t look bad either,” and then I would head to the cashier to pay for it.
  3. One of the most fun aspects of shopping is finding a good buy. It feels good knowing that I'm able to save money as I spend money.
  4. The first question that comes to mind is: “Why are they selling at half-price?” I like a good bargain, but I’d probably inspect the items on sale first.
  5. “That’s perfect! This means I can get two of everything. One for me and one for whoever is going to need it someday.”
10 .) How good are you at shopping for others?
  1. I’m fairly good at picking several items I think my loved ones will appreciate.
  2. Gift shopping is exciting! The trick is choosing the first thing that captures my attention and not to spend too much time overthinking the presents.
  3. I’m great at it; it’s always a pleasure to shop for presents because it’s how I express my appreciation. Plus, I get a kick out of pretending I’m Santa Claus as I distribute the gifts.
  4. It can be a challenge, but I believe it becomes easier if you prepare beforehand. It always helps to consider their interests and write down items they might need or want.
  5. I’m an ace at knowing what people need or want. It comes with practice, I guess--when I see something that reminds me of an officemate or relative, I usually buy it for them.
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  • rychel07 Jul 08 2011 @ 05:30am Report Abuse
    I can't believe I'm an impulsive shopper! I definitely object! LOL
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  • daisy Jul 08 2011 @ 09:25am Report Abuse
    i really am an impulsive shopper...
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  • zcianne Jul 11 2011 @ 01:29pm Report Abuse
    i agree with the result i've got..im really love to be practical..
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  • Louise Jul 13 2011 @ 10:46am Report Abuse
    FATALISTIC SHOPPER! But true indeed... :(
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  • melairc Jul 14 2011 @ 12:54pm Report Abuse
    i cant believe na impulsive buyer pala ako..OMG! It cant be....
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  • nethneth1985 Sep 01 2011 @ 03:49pm Report Abuse
    oh! I'm a fatalistic shopper... I always thought I'm an impulsive buyer... haha!
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  • athena Sep 16 2011 @ 10:36am Report Abuse
    I got 'fatalistic shopper'. But, I'm more of an impulsive buyer.
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