By Chuck Woodbury
After two years of full-timing, Gail and I recently bought a home just north of Seattle, in the “burbs.” My home office is on the second floor. I overlook a quiet suburban neighborhood, with a straight view to the end of a cul-de-sac.
All day long I watch cars pass by, usually every few minutes. Neighbors walk by often with their dogs. It’s fun to watch moms walking their young children each morning to the nearby elementary school.
What has amazed me the last couple of weeks has been the parade of FedEx and UPS trucks stopping at homes to unload packages. Some deliveries come in small vans, even passenger cars: I assume these are “final mile” deliveries from Amazon.
Watching the vehicles come and go, virtually every hour of the business day, makes me wonder how many people are simply ordering online this holiday season rather than shopping at big box stores, malls or from their home town merchants.
Amazon changed everything when it introduced Amazon Prime, with its free two-day shipping. More than 100 million people now have a Prime account, me included. I can tell you that Gail and I have purchased at least three quarters of our holiday gifts from Amazon. It’s simply too inconvenient to hassle with traffic to get to a store, where the merchandise is often more expensive anyway. As it is, we locate the product at Amazon.com, order it, and a day or two later it’s on our doorstep.
I never know what will show up each day, and when something does, it’s always exciting to open the box and see what treasure is inside.
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