I’ve just encountered one of the interesting aspects of our drive to buy everything online: emergencies. It used to be that when you lost an item, say a power cord for a computer, that you would ask a friend or colleague, or go to the shops. With the push for ‘everything online’ that last choice has disappeared.
In the 90s there were many places where you could find spare items for your travel kit. I often added to my kit bag when travelling through an airport–the electronics shops there had lots of things including mosquito zappers, bug spray, ear buds, headphones, travel pillows, clothes detergent, and many odd fitments for your average travel worrier. Failing, the absentminded would exit their warm hotel and venture into the local shops to buy things from many places which stocked bits and parts. They used to be as frequent as nail bars in my local shopping area.

Now, along with the growth of fixed-price betting shops (and those nail bars), I miss those electronics shops replaced by endless coffee bars and empty hoardings. So commerce has moved online where prices are cheaper, but the immediacy of picking things up when you wanted has gone and I’m back to ‘making do’ for two days while my latest purchase is delivered.

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