Clothing Stores and Online Shopping

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Part 1Listen and Read: Listen to the recording on clothing shopping, answer the questions, and then read along with the audio recording.

One of my favorite places to shop is a discount clothing store in my town. The store sells both new and used clothing, but everything is in good condition, and the prices are unbeatable. All of the clothing is hanging on racks for you to see, and there are sections for children, men, and women’s clothing. If you find something you like, you can try it on in the dressing room. If it doesn’t fit, or you don’t like the way it looks on you (e.g., it’s too tight or baggy on you), then you can just return it to the rack. A price tag on the clothing indicates its price, but if you find a flaw in the clothing, you might be able to receive an additional discount. The store will also alter your clothing for a small fee. Once you’ve decided on the items you want, you can purchase everything at the checkout counter. The store accepts cash, debit and credit cards, and personal checks. If you decide later that you want to return something, you have two weeks to return it to the store, with the receipt, for a full refund or store credit.

Part 2: Discussion

Where do you usually buy your clothing? Have you every purchased clothing from a used clothing store? Why or why not? Is used clothing in fashion in your hometown?

Part 3: Online Investigation

Internet shopping has become very popular in recent years, including buying used clothing. Imagine you have only $100 to spend on clothing for the next school year. How many things could you buy for that amount of money? Search online and compare your shopping list with someone else. How can find the best bargains?

Part 4: Online Listening Practice (from