From the article, “Taiwan’s Convenience Stores Have Everything You Need”:
“A recent online survey shows that each of these shops offered an average of 300 to 700 services to customers. You can literally do anything in a convenience store [in Taiwan].”
Yes, yes, yes! This is what I’ve been trying to explain to my friends back home for the last four years. I love Taiwanese convenience stores, especially 7-Eleven. As an American living in Taiwan, I can confirm that convenience stores here are absolutely wonderful. At a 7-Eleven, I can pay all of my bills and parking tickets (which are like metered parking here), do my ATM banking, buy milk and eggs, grab a meal to go (preheated at the counter), or stop by for a snack or my favorite ice cream bar. When I’m back home in the U.S.A., Taiwanese 7-Eleven’s and other convenience stores are a commodity I truly miss.