I have been thinking about the idea of late that shopping is going to die out. Retail seems to be migrating to the internet, with large amounts of people ordering goods online instead of browsing in shops for items. You can get most items you want, cheaper and easier online than in “real world” shops. The UK/Ireland-based Borders Books has gone into administration with one commentator claiming "This is probably the first big retailer to be killed off by the internet."
People seem to love real world shopping and I can’t ever see it dying out entirely but then competition from online retail might make most current retail businesses unprofitable. **I suppose in this thread I want to debate what shopping will be like in the future, say in the next fifty years, how it will change, and realistically what a shopping mall (if they still exist) would consist of in 2060. **
Change in shopping is of course nothing new. New technologies, prosperity make certain professions, services and items less desirable. Most suburban malls don’t have blacksmiths for example .