March 16, 2004

The New Sears

Glenn Reynolds has a post up about how Amazon sells a lot more than books these days. I had a similar discussion with Nin a few months back, and compared Amazon to what the Sears catalog was back in the last century, and the one before that. Heck, you could buy house kits back in the early 1900s. Not to mention just about anything else you could think of:

The Sears catalog in 1897 contained 786 carefully indexed pages of a seemingly endless variety of food, apparel, hardware, machinery, household, and other items. Farmers could order a hammer, harness, wagon, or plow, and their wives could buy a corset, hat, sewing machine, or cook stove. In 1900 Sears was selling about $10 million worth of merchandise by mail a year....

Maybe Jeff Bezos is the reincarnation of Richard Sears?

Posted by Ithildin at March 16, 2004 5:56 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

have you bought anything besides music, books, or dvds off amazon?

do they contract out to other companies? are they the middle man?

hmmm

Posted by: bob at March 16, 2004 6:34 PM

have you bought anything besides music, books, or dvds off amazon?

do they contract out to other companies? are they the middle man?

hmmm

Posted by: bob at March 16, 2004 6:35 PM

have you bought anything besides music, books, or dvds off amazon?

do they contract out to other companies? are they the middle man?

hmmm

Posted by: bob at March 16, 2004 6:35 PM

bob, bob, & bob, I've bought shoes, kitchen appliances, electronics, computer parts and software.

Posted by: Ith at March 16, 2004 6:57 PM

CotC entry:

"Ith ponders Amazon as the new Sears, since Sears also sold everything in its heyday."

Or something like that.

Posted by: Jay Solo at March 17, 2004 9:24 AM

You're incorrigible :)

Okay, okay, where do I sign up?

Posted by: Ith at March 17, 2004 9:34 AM

Could well be. Besides books and DVD's I bought a very nice Boker ceramic knife for my mother as she is accident prone due to using blunt knives.
I would oredr much more stuff if they delivered to europe, unfortunately the Dutch have changed the customs law and now tax everything except books. To add insult to injury they even tax the shipping costs!!!!!

Besides, if there were no Amazon Ith wouldn't have received her christmas gifts from us readres.

Posted by: Ksahtriya at March 17, 2004 10:43 AM

capitalists -at- elhide.com

Posted by: Jay Solo at March 18, 2004 10:10 AM

Ksahtriya, this is true :)

(note that my readers are always welcome to send me pressies!)

Posted by: Ith at March 18, 2004 12:08 PM