Future News:Why Shop Alone: How Buying With Friends Works


Milan, Italy: When Rose Manetti shops, it’s never alone. This junior designer for Versace spends plenty of time perusing the shops, looking for that unique look for herself and for ideas for her designs. “I’m always out looking for ideas” she says, “and not just at clothing shops, everything is my inspiration, art galleries, museums, even people walking down the street” But when Rose is ready to spend money , she goes online and buys in bulk. As one of the most followed people of TopShopper.com, she purchases everything through the group shopping service. “I never pay retail” she says “and neither do my followers” TopShopper allows Rose to buy almost anything in large quantities, even have items designed and custom constructed to her groups specifications. “For example, last week” says Rose “I saw this awesome dress which looked great but was a little too long. I went online via TopShopper and redesigned it and then 150 of my followers decided to buy the same dress. We got it for a steal!” TopShopper has both a catalog of items as well as custom built items.  “It’s lucky most of my friends are size 0” she laughs.

About 6 years ago, I wrote a set of predictive stories about what life would be like 10 years out. Really interesting to go back to that time and see how much of that is on the way to actually happening: some of it – like 3d printers, are definitely moving along at a rapid clip. Others, not so much. I thought that you might find some of these interesting, so I’ll send them out in addition to my regular scheduled programming. Hope you enjoyed, and that it spurs some new thinking!