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Ye Olde Amazon

September 11th, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Talk about memory lane — via Glenn Reynolds, it’s 12 big websites as they first appeared. Here’s where half of my money has gone in the last decade-plus:

Ye Olde Amazon

You might marvel at how primitive some of these websites appear, but there’s something you have to keep in mind. In 1995, most of us — if we had a computer at all — were staring at a 13″ screen with a VGA resolution of just 640×480. My two-year-old phone fits exactly twice as many pixels on its screen. We’ve come a long way.

But that Amazon screenshot reminded me of a story I came across last week, of the man who ordered the very first thing ever sold by Amazon, and he still has the packing slip. That got me to wonder when & what my first Amazon order was, and of course it was still in my order history.

My Old Amazon

Two Elmore Leonard books and a Star Wars toy to give as a Christmas gift.

Not much has changed since December 8, 1999 — except for most everything.

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December 4, 1998, a bit over $100 of woodworking books. But I have to wonder if there was something earlier on a different account that didn't get connected to my current one.

Then for a couple years, I ordered a lot of music, and then nothing until 2008. The economy might have been booming in those years, but not for me.

(BTW, in January I picked up a meat slicer that I can really recommend if you're going to keep making jerky.)
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Heh. Dec 10, 1999. The Matrix DVD, the Volare Gipsy Kings Box set and the Alan Lee illustrated edition of The Hobbit.
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Hey. 640x480 was great for the time. I remember how excited I was when EGA (640x350) came out. 'Twas the first "graphics" mode which produced decent text for the Wintel world.

But in '95 a fair number of us were running SVGA at 800x600 thank you. :)

Didn't use Amazon until 2005; "In Pursuit of Honor," a pleasant Don Johnson HBO movie.

It is, by the way, a great place to find second-hand harcover books at a good price. Got three of William Shirer's works that way.
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Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines on DVD and a nose hair trimmer on December 9, 2003.

...Um, none of that for me, of course...
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I was almost a year later, ordering an Oxford Latin Dictionary for my husband as a Christmas gift.
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I got one of the cups they gave to their first customers somewhere. I think it was in 99.
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By the way--love your tabs in Safari. Almost every single one of those gets a regular visit from me.
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"and a Star Wars toy to give as a Christmas gift."

Uh-huh. And were the initials of said recipient "VP"?
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