Shopping has to happen one way or another. Sorry, Ebenezer, the holidays are here. It used to be you'd sit in traffic for an hour, to drive around a jammed parking lot for thirty minutes, to shuffle through a stuffy mall and buy crap at garbage stores. Sure, malls were great for scheming on chicks from different towns when you were in high school, but the mall is no place for improving your own style, or for buying gifts during the holiday season.

Thanks to the explosion of reliable online retail, local shopping options, and independent shops with awesome customer service, you need not suffer the weekend shopping trip any longer. Here are 9 Reasons to Stay Away From the Mall.

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