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Shopaholic: (noun) a compulsive shopper
Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series may have glorified the term ‘shopaholic’ and made it into a positive characteristic. The author is, of course, not the only one to blame. The 21st century consumerism makes the spending of any money look like a great thing. Shopaholics know the rush and thrill of purchasing very well, but sadly not everyone can afford to be a shopaholic.
Jeddah is cosmopolitan and a very busy city indeed! Here’s why Jeddah is not such a great place for shopaholics:
Literally every other street is lined with shops where you can buy clothes or perfumes or even electronics.
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The ‘dollar stores’ of Jeddah
“2 – 10 riyal” shops are everywhere! Once you go in, it’s hard to resist buying things you don’t even need, because it’s all so cheap! You walk out with tonnes of stuff, you may have saved some money in the process, but really you spent a lot on impulse too.
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An Abundance of Malls
For shopaholics, malls are the bane of the city. Their wallets probably groan and credit cards shiver when they walk in through the automatic sliding doors. Malls in Jeddah have hundreds of stores and someone with a buying problem will always be spoiled for choice
Malls also have kiosks that people are tempted to stop at in between their trip from one store to the next. These kiosks often sell perfumes, jewellery and mobile cases that all look pretty but one often doesn’t really need.
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You’ll find gold shops not just in Malls, but also in the gold souks of Al Balad and Kandara. There’s gold everywhere just waiting to be bought, and shopaholics know this.
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Every couple of months sales pop up all over town like mushrooms gone haywire in a pot of soil. Seriously, the struggle must be real for shopaholics!
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Brands, brands, brands
Louis Vuitton, D&G, Rubaiyat, Fendi and all kinds of luxury brands can be easily found in Jeddah, especially in Tahlia and Malik Road.
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Paris Gallery, Faces, MAC, Inglot and Sephora. You’ll find makeup stores everywhere and we know that shopaholics know this too.
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There are too many social media accounts and websites selling handbags, make up and jewellery. Sometimes they claim to sell branded items but it’s a fake. So, shopaholic or not, beware!
Let me explain. A stop at the food court or café is just as bad because after the break shopaholics are going to go right back to shopping!
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Once the Moms and Dads drop off their kids at the play area with the maid, they are free to dedicate their time to shopping. This may not always be a good thing!
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If you’re a shopaholic just remember that you’re not alone! The struggle is real, but there’s always a way to control it!