Thursday, March 5, 2009


Shopping is the examining of goods or services from retailers with intent to purchase at that time. Shopping is the activity of selection and/or purchase. In some contexts it is considered a leisure activity as well as an economic one.To many, shopping is considered a recreational activity in which one visits a variety of stores in search of a suitable product to purchase.

"Window shopping" is an activity that shoppers engage in by browsing shops with no intent to purchase, possibly just to pass the time between other activities, or to plan a later purchase.A larger commercial zone can be found in many citys, downtowns or Arab city souks. Shopping hubs, or shopping centers, are collection of stores that is a grouping of several businesses.

The pricing technique used by most retailers is cost-plus pricing. This involves adding a markup amount (or percentage) to the retailers cost. Another common technique is manufacturers suggested list pricing.

Other stores such as big-box stores, hypermarkets, convenience stores, department stores, general stores, dollar stores sell a wider variety of products not horizontally related to each other.

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