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Well we've definitely come a long way from bartering sheep skins and apples. Although even our modern day malls can somewhat compare to the old fashion bizarres that sold both necessities and decor.
It definitely has changed the experience though. Many people will spend 2x the amount on a shirt cause its at the mall. Its also a very social place to go, not too mention specialized stores for those who don't feel like going through the BS of wal*mart.
Only problem is you can't step into a mall without seeing 90% jail bait and idiots who should walk on the right side of the walkway (like traffic).