I always thought that the people who would really be into online shopping were rural folk — those (like my parents) who have to drive for hours to get to a decent shopping center. Now I think the biggest users just might be busy people in urban centers, and especially carless people.
This summer Amazon.com offered a deal — free Prime membership for students. What perfect timing! I hesitated briefly (a little part of me likes finding low-priced things (like fake pirate tattoos) to meet the $25 Super Saver Shipping minimum. But the idea of getting pretty much anything I want within two days — for no extra charge — was too much to ignore.
So I’m a Prime customer. Yesterday after reading your comments on Freedom, I decided to order the book, which would have been delivered Monday. Except: some items (usually books, I’m finding) are delivered the next day. By courier. So, yes — before I have even had the chance to leave the house, my book has arrived. It would have been 1/2 off, too, if I’d gotten the copy with Oprah’s sticker on it, but I paid $1.12 extra to have the original.