A History Of Ecommerce in one Basket
I've been an Amazon UK customer since 2000. My order history shows 400 orders. About £10,000 lifetime value to date.
It's a museum of recent modern ecommerce history
2000 - 1st purchase, a book
2001 - CDs
This was the soundtrack of the summer, "The Strokes; This is it"
2002 - Windows XP upgrade
(From Windows 98!)
2003 - Minidiscs
Minidiscs? I had a minidisc player? Sony's failed media format.
Looks like I discovered usability testing in 2004. "Steve Krug's Don't Make Me Think" - fantastic!
2005 - DVD player
Amazon's product range extended and so did our purchasing. Their customer service was excellent. The first unit malfunctioned and we found a replacement quickly.
2006 - iPod
From Christmas 2006 onwards, no more CDs were purchased. Amazon's loss was Apple's gain.
2007 - Digital camera
We only used this for a few years. These days we just use our phones.
2008 - VHS cassettes
Before set top boxes, we actually used these to record TV shows. For about 20 years it worked pretty well. Then Tivo came along.
2009 - A drill bit
Amazon marketplace really took off in the late noughties. It was easier to buy the drill bit online than to make a trip to the hardware store.
2010 - Toys
With the advent of an iPad in the household, my wife sourced most of our Christmas shopping on Amazon in 2011 and every year since.
2011 - Bike tyres
Amazon's iPhone app meant that it was super easy to search for the bike tyres I needed, (make, model, colour) at a great price. I probably ordered them in less than 5 minutes.
2012 - Beard trimmer
The beard started at Christmas 2011. Needed trimming in 2012.
2013 - Ipad guitar stand
Learning guitar again, I used an iPad for learning via YouTube.
2014 - 4G wifi router
When we moved to our new offices, BT had not completed our fixed line internet installation. We run 2 32 port 4G wifi routers, each with 17MB download speeds.
2015 - 2050
I'm curious to see what the next 35 years will bring. Robotics? Medical care? Food?