The pros and cons of online shopping

By: Addison Strack

Online shopping has been a popular practice for a while, and it became even more widespread during COVID. Many people find it very convenient that you can order almost anything from the comfort of your home.

Online shopping clearly has many advantages, but there are also some disadvantages to go along with it.

One very obvious advantage of online shopping is how easy it is. You have the ability to browse endless amounts of clothing without having to leave your home. This limits your exposure to things like the flu, and allows you to save time by avoiding the struggle of commuting to the store and back.

Online shopping also typically has a better variety of products, due to the fact that there isn’t limited shelf space like there would be in a physical store.

Online shopping also may help you to reduce the amount of impulse buys you have. There will be less pressure from employees showing you different sales and deals, and you may be more likely to purchase only what you had in mind when you began shopping.

A final pro of online shopping is the access to customer reviews. When online shopping you are able to see what other people think of the product you are wanting to buy, and that may help you make your decision on whether or not it is a good purchase.

Although online shopping has multiple benefits, there are also some negative aspects to the practice.

One con is that you can’t try things on. If you are purchasing clothes online, you may have to order multiple sizes to find out which fits best, instead of being able to try them on in the store.

Many stores also charge for shipping depending on what, and how much, you buy. Different stores also have different return policies. Some stores require you to pay to return items, and some you can only return for store credit.

If you have questions about an item, you also aren’t able to talk to an employee right away, like you would be able to in a physical store.

One final con is that you have to wait for delivery. Some items may only take a few days, while others may take up to a couple of weeks. It also isn’t uncommon for a package to be lost or stolen, or to be delivered much later than expected.

Overall, online shopping has many positives and negatives. If you would like to read more about the pros and cons of online shopping, feel free to check out the website below.

HP Theatre Arts proudly presents: ‘The One Act Plays’

By: Erin Moore

This winter, Highland Park’s theatre club has been working tirelessly to put together five one act plays, to be performed one after another this coming weekend. Whether it be costumes, sets, props, lights, sound, mics, acting, stage managing, or our hard-working directors, lots of hours and effort have been put into these productions. 

If you’ve seen the signs up all throughout the hallways of  Highland Park Senior High, it’s likely you’re aware of the five winter one acts to be performed this coming weekend. “Call Me Stan,”  “Put a Ring On It,” “Clowns with Guns,” “Speed Date,” and “The Bifrost Incident.” Each one act is directed by our very own HPSH seniors including James Nins, Evan Nelson, Ryan Terry, Julia Williamson, Liv Knafla, Max Nutter, Bella Schmitt, and Spike McIlrath. 

The following synopses are spoiler-free and are from the HPSH Thespian Society Schoology group.

“’Call Me Stan’ [is] a dark comedy about parents meeting their daughter, Brittany’s, boyfriend, but something’s not quite right about him. He’s too old, too rich and even red!” 

“In ‘Put a Ring On It,’ Allison tests the limits of just how chaotic a family dinner can get as she is willing to do whatever it takes to get her boyfriend to propose to her.”

“’Clowns with Guns’ takes a theatrical and absurd look at the repeated and seemingly endless cycle of school [gun] violence. It happens, everyone is terribly upset, things continue on as normal, it happens again.” Note: due to the violent content of this one act, people are free to leave at intermission if the feel necessary.

“It’s Valentine’s Day and the pressure is on. Seventeen crazy characters search for love in a round-robin game of ‘Speed Date.’ Everyone’s in on the action: a hopeless people-pleaser, a Frenchman, a guy hung up on his previous girlfriends, an art therapist, a clown, and more. They’re desperate, chatty, needy, strange–and the clock is ticking. Will they find love before time runs out?”

“A mix of Greek tragedy and Norse mythology set in the far future, where the old gods and trains through space exist. ‘The Bifrost Incident’ is the story of the end of the world told by a criminal investigator slowly going mad from cosmic forces.” Note: this one act is not well suited for children, it is more PG-13 than G. Audience members may also leave at intermission if the choose

Tickets will cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. Cash, card, and check are accepted. Performances will be in the Highland Park auditorium on January 20th @ 7 and January 21st @ 2 & 7. Concessions will be available during intermission. 

If you’re interested in viewing these stories, want to come watch friends/family, or want to support the arts at Highland, be sure to come watch! 

For more information, visit @hptheatrearts on Instagram, look for the posters in the hallways, or ask anyone you know involved in the one acts.