When the Internet was still relatively young, people were pretty afraid to put their credit card number out there on the open web. People would rather truck into the local store for anything they needed. Now, things are very different. People aren’t very afraid of buying on the Internet anymore and not only that but just about every service or product you could possibly imagine can be found on the Internet in a variety of flavors.
Personally, I have been buying things on eBay since around 2001 when my family first got a PC. We were on Dial-up back then so chances are if I was ever outbid, I would lose the auction because by the time I refreshed the page and found out I was outbid, the auction would have ended, buyer would have paid and the item would have already arrived through the mail 😉 Dial-up was horrible..
The first things I remember buying online were video games. I bought vintage video game systems such as Super Nintendo and the original Nintendo. I then started buying the games to go with them and it was all downhill from there.
Since that time I have purchased things such as; electronics, computer components, software, PC games, PC peripherals, memory cards, physical books, ebooks, flowers and I have even gone so far as to order huge quantities of dried grains for storage as well as some Japanese cooking ingredients and spices. These last items are my most interesting online purchases and for the most part they aren’t perishable unless they happened to get broken open or lost in transit but I have heard of people ordering everything from milk to eggs online.
After all, according to Nielsen research, 74% of adult consumers purchased something on the internet in the second half of 2008.
On top of that, there are companies out there that their sole purpose is providing online payment options, such as Paypal. Even Google has an online shopping payment system.
Is it just me or is this a little too much? Will there come a time when you can buy premade sandwiches online much like the type you would find in a gas station and have it shipped to you for your lunch the next day? Is this something to look forward too?
Personally, I don’t trust parcel delivery services as I have had packages lost for a few weeks and arrive crumpled and unrecognizable. I don’t think I would ever order something as delicate as a gallon of milk or dozen eggs online but should we just embrace that as the future of the internet? Is it that far from ordering pizzas online for delivery which is a fairly common practice now?
Where do you draw the line when shopping online?
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