These days you can find a video about anything, from how to win a staring contest to how to register your cat to vote. And every video can have a different purpose. It can be how to, satirical, informational, cautionary, inspirational, controversial, enigmatic, or just plain weird.
Take for instance the wide variety of shopping videos. Some videos are about the humorous things people do while shopping. Some offer advice for locations and sale finding. And still others offer techniques for shopping itself, whether bargain hunting, produce picking, getting the most out of customer service, what not to buy, seasonal steals, online tips, or even pranks to pull while in the store.
Shopping videos, like everything other kind of video on the Internet, have become like water on concrete. They find every crack and crevice. Any aspect you could possibly imagine about any given topic is covered in a video, and usually more than one. Who shops, what they shop for, when they shop, where they shop, where they should have shopped, where they refuse to shop, what their motivations are, what their budgets are… Nothing is too esoteric to warrant a video dedicated to it, and the accompanying comments.
As social media becomes more and more a part of our daily lives, shopping videos are able to go viral in a matter of minutes. The more timely, sensational, bizarre, helpful, unexpected, or unbelievable a shopping video, the more likely that everyone will see it and share it on Facebook or Twitter. These days the popularity of anything can reach a critical mass before anyone really has the time to tell if it is actually worth the attention or not. But by then the catchphrases are already firmly in place.
Whatever your reasons for watching shopping videos, be it for tips, laughs, ideas, or a recommendation from your most shopping video savvy friend, you can more than likely find the video or videos you want. And if your search yields nothing, then maybe you can grab your own video camera and start the next big trend yourself.