Male and female shopping habits are on two separate levels, differing in every aspect possible. Women are complete A-Type personalities, whereas men are more laid back and relaxed. Or at least, this is what most people say. So, I decided to find the truth behind these perceptions and find out if, according to theory, men and women do shop very differently.
Men Vs Women: Difference In Shopping Habits
You know what they say about female shopping habits. You will be stuck outside the trial room for half the day and then spend the rest of it carrying around shopping bags and trying not to complain about your swollen feet.
Shopping with men on the other hand means you might shop for clothes, books and groceries and still be home for lunch. For research purposes, I tagged along with a few of my friends, and here’s what I found out about men versus women shopping habits in the course of those few days:
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For this day, I chose Ronit. Ronit is sunshine and lame jokes and all things nice till you decide to steal a bite from his pizza. He is the biggest foodie I know. Speaking from experience, you might lose a few of your fingers. I expected this day to involve buying a lot of chips, coffee and soft drinks.
Here’s what he bought
1. Organic potatoes. Because everyone needs potatoes
2. Virgin olive oil. Here, I learned that there’s also an extra virgin kind meant only to be used dressings
4. Hakka noodles. The thicker kind. Because it makes a difference in flavor, apparently
5. Some capsicum. More bell peppers. Yes, there’s a difference
6. Coffee. I thanked god because something normal at last.
What I bought
2. Oil. The cheap kind.
Day 1 conclusion
We were united by our shared disappointment at not being able to buy the super amazing and expensive tea and coffee. But that’s as far as the similarities went. Now on to the dreaded day 2.
Dreaded because it involved shopping for clothes. Here I made the mistake of choosing Ranveer. His jokes, like his fashion sense, are always on point. I knew I was in for a treat because his style of shopping did not replicate the usual men’s shopping habits.
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What he bought
1. Solid polo T-shirts. He insisted that they had to be solid so they can go better with bright jackets. I nodded along as if I understood. These took him 3 hours to pick and bargain for. I planned the details of his early demise during this time.
2. A pair of classic blue jeans. Somehow, this took him an hour. And somehow, I survived through the ordeal.
3. Bright jackets. 1 blue and 1 mauve. I wouldn’t be caught dead in them. This took a little over 4 hours.
4. A black belt. Not a normal black leather belt, no. But a belt the exact shade of black as his shoes and wallet. I wondered if I should punch his eyes to that exact shade.
5. Some really swanky shoes and accessories
What I bought
1. 1 black Iron Man t-shirt. This took me 5 minutes to buy and him the whole day. I didn’t even love the shirt that much.
Day 2 conclusion
Anyone who said that it’s easy to buy clothes with guys deserves to be punched senseless and then made to buy painkillers to help with foot and backache. Men who care about fashion probably put in more effort into their clothes and accessories than most women do.
Another classic error of judgement. This day was make-up day and I decided to up my game by going with two friends instead of one. Priya is a panda ever dressed in ratty grey T-shirts but is known to also dress to kill if the occasion calls for it.
Rehan is a cross-dresser and is still annoyed with me because I dared to ask him the difference between eye-liner and eye-shadow. You already know how this is going to go.
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What he bought
1. Cookie crumble nail polish. When I looked interested, he informed me that this, in fact, cannot be eaten. I was heartbroken
2. Green nail polish. Because the more, the merrier, right?
3. Squid ink nail polish. Because calling it just black is not so much fun, is it?
4. Bronze highlighter
What she bought
1. Liquid pale blue eyeliner
2. Baby pink lip gloss. Which is apparently different from both lip balm and lipstick. Yes, I asked. And yes, she almost punched me
What I bought
1. Cat-face socks
Day 3 conclusion
I learnt a few things today. I learnt that highlighter goes on cheeks. Foundation should match your skin pigment. One should always use a blender to blend eye-shadow and liner. That there is something called contouring. I do not care about makeup or anything of that sort.
Moral of the story
By the end of this social experiment, I found myself wiser and more patient. I also found that cat socks are just as comfortable as dog socks. And some women do like teddy bears and make-up. Sadly or not so sadly, I am not one of them.
Also, I concluded that male and female shopping habits do differ, but still not according to usual perceptions. Oh, and I hereby also conclude that I should not go shopping, even for research, when I am broke. Because I am stuck eating Maggi for the rest of the month.
Overall, the average Internet buyer is predominantly male, aged between 25 and 49 years. A recent study by Affilinet reports that 84.3 % of men buy online, compared with 77 % of women.
Contrary to popular belief, men do shop a lot be it for clothes or groceries. Men prefer to shop online whereas women would rather go to physical stores and purchase products.