Ooooooo, Skynet's goin' shoppin'!
Okay, I admit it, I'm an online-shopping junkie, especially Amazon.com; it started with books* but anymore, I go look online before I ever check brick&mortar stores. So I'm amused by the talk of a wave of consumers scurrying into the office to do their online shopping (what, they haven't got fast, fast and private 'net access at home? Do they live in a cardboard box -- and not one behind Starbucks?) on Company time.
This year, even the TV talking heads are mostly averring that "it's just a marketing term." Yep. And it's another old thing made new -- used to was, you could ring up the grocer or the department store, place an order and -- assuming you were a customer in good standing -- they'd send a fellow over with your stuff, on account or COD. Pick the right city and the big online guys will do that today, often for a laughingly low additional charge if you were signed up for their BFF club. (I think I get my money's worth from Amazon Prime between the additional savings, free videos and free regular shipping; YMMV).
* Local bookstores are great for unexpected finds and I am a huge fan of used-book stores, without which I would own few books; Amazon is for when I know what I want. Because face it, they have it in stock, 99% of the time, and there's no bothersome dealing with a teenaged clerk who never heard of "that Steinway, er, sorry lady, Steinbeck guy" and doesn't much care to.
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