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People who do not have the time or the ability to go shopping for clothes, gifts, groceries, and other items use the services of personal shoppers. Personal shoppers shop department stores, look at catalogs, and surf the Internet for the best buys and most appropriate items for their clients. Relying on a sense of style and an ability to spot a bargain, a personal shopper helps clients develop a wardrobe and find gifts for friends, relatives, and employees.
Department stores, such as Bloomingdale's, Lord and Taylor, and Nordstrom, employ personal shoppers to "pre-shop" the store and present an array of items to the customer. This service is generally complimentary. Though personal shoppers work all across the country, their services are most in demand in large, metropolitan areas.