It’s weird how easy it is to get used to new ways of doing things.
I haven’t gone to the grocery store or any other store in weeks. Everything I buy is online. It is like the olden days when people out on the prairies bought everything mail order. Even houses. They’d place an order via the Sears Roebuck catalog and wait 6 months or whatever and a whole new house would come in a railroad car. Then they’d have to assemble it.
The Sears catalog was the ikea of the 19th/20th century. Of course Sears has gone out of business.† Which is a shame because the clerks were very knowledgeable.*
I don’t think many brick and mortar stores will make it through the coronavirus crisis.** It seems cost ineffective to have in-person stores–how do you have enough inventory to satisfy customers who can buy literally anything online at any time? Stores will turn into showrooms.
*The last time I was in a Sears, I marveled that you could buy a washing machine, a couch, and a dress in the same store. You could literally smell the gasoline from the ladies’ dressing room. Of course the last time I was in a Sears was in 2013. I was very seriously considering buying a slightly dented gas-powered washer-dryer. It only cost 600 dollars, which was a bargain.
**Although I hate shopping in general so my opinion hardly matters at all. It seems like a lot of people like wandering aimlessly through shopping centers, and god bless ’em because it’s good for the economy.
†Oh wait! Sears is still totally in business. Well that is heartening news. Should I ever move into a place where I can supply my own washer-dryer, I know where to shop!