Carlijn: ‘I only shop online’

Carlijn van der Kulk: “The advice that websites give are quite useful.”

Carlijn van der Kulk

Van der Kulk was not crazy about shopping. You’ve never pleased her with spending hours trying on clothes or searching for the perfect new sofa. “When I went shopping with friends, I mainly did it for the drinks in between. Drinking tea in a nice place, that appealed to me more”, says the life coach and trainer.

The step to only shop online was therefore not as big as it seems at first glance. When the coronavirus spread in the Netherlands, it gave Van der Kulk an extra push to order everything via websites from now on. She has groceries delivered weekly. “I used to do that once a month, just the heavy stuff. But now a van comes every week with the groceries. I find the supermarket stressful. There are a lot of people, a lot is happening around me. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, this has become even more annoying, because there are many rules and people sometimes react strangely and you have to make sure everything is going well.”

The clothes are also delivered. “But I think that’s more complicated. I find it difficult to estimate the right size, which means that I sometimes have to send clothes back. I do miss advice from a friend or someone who works in a store. You can also feel the fabrics in a store. However, I notice that the advice that websites give is also quite useful. I was looking for a new bikini and at a large online store I looked for a top that I liked. Then I also got a tip which pants go with it. That saves me time to search and I quickly saw that it fits well together. That is really useful.”

She also has other items delivered. “I recently bought five kilos of candles. I always buy them at a specific store, which now delivered to my home. There are eighty of them and they have different colors. This way I make the house a lot cozier and it is easy to order.”

In the theme Your data and you, NEMO Kennislink will be diving into the world of data and algorithms in the coming period. In response to Carlijn’s story, we wrote:

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More articles will follow in the near future.

Read the ten personal experience stories from the theme ‘Your data and you’.

Melanie Kranenburg

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