The Rapid Growth Of Internet Shopping

What do computer skins, green tea and a solitaire engagement ring have in common? All of these items can be bought without ever leaving your home through internet shopping.

In many ways the internet has revolutionized the world. In almost any home in the world, there is some type of access to the internet. Even in third world countries, the use of the internet is bringing work to people that are able to make far more money than every before possible in their country through telecommuting.

As the internet has grown, so has internet shopping. Today almost anything can be purchased on line. In 1994, there was a fledgling bookstore that started selling books online. That company was Amazon. It was not the first bookstore to sell books online, but today it is the largest.

In fact, 1994 seems to have been the time that many of the successful online shopping stores that are still available went live. Pizza Hut first started allowing customers to order their pizza online during this time.

It was not until 1995 that today’s auction giant, e-Bay was began. Now you can buy almost anything(there are some restricted items) on e-bay. Some may work great, others are only for the collectors of broken items. E-Bay now has many sister sites world wide.

Although it grew slower at first, Craigslist also started in 1995 as an e-mailed list of items for sale in the San Francisco bay area. It now serves at least 570 cities in fifty different countries.

If the cupboards are bare, you just need to enter your grocery order online in order to have groceries delivered to your home in most larger cities. You do not even have to go out to pick up the orders as they come right to your front door.

Of course, one of the most popular items to order online is the computer itself. Dell had manufactured and sold computers since the 1980s, however it did not start selling computers on its own website until 1996.

Today, no matter what you are shopping for, you are very likely to be able to find it online. From groceries to computers from used cars to broken laser pointers, there is likely a website that offers whatever it is that you are seeking.

Today security in a shopping site is of utmost concern. Most retail sites have beefed up security and Paypal offers services that keep you from having to give a credit card number to an online retailer. Online shopping will probably continue to grow over time. There may be a time that many of the big box stores become warehouses that are shipping headquarters for online shopping outlets.


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