First, congratulations. 140 is a lot of posting and reading and commenting. I really enjoy doing this particular challenge. Now, to the question:
This is easy to explain, but I have a feeling I’m going to use too many words anyway. We have been making online purchases since they became available. I always worked in high tech, had my own — sometimes quite a few — computers.
I have been ordering drinks (as in soda), Boost (much cheaper than in the stores), coffee, big bags of rice, and all the miscellany that is not available locally. It was just a skip over to also ordering (when available) paper goods. Fortunately, we rarely needed to buy that stuff online. I hope a bunch of people ended the lock down with a garage full of toilet paper and no one wants it. They were COVID highway robbers.
Our “locally” is more local than most locals. You can get everything you need here — unless you want something that isn’t super standard rural America. Very slowly, we getting some new things, but mostly if you want clothing you love, online is the way to go.
Garry and I laughed at the anguish at having to stay home. We stayed in most of the time anyway. Now, the whole country was living just like us. Yes we were worried about getting sick until the vaccines were made available, but we were careful. And lucky.
We’ve found a few ways to get things cheaper locally — birdseed and dog kibble — so we buy in town. Owen can still haul 40 pound bags of stuff and it makes a big difference for me since I’m the bird feeder.
Otherwise, it was like this before COVID and not a lot changed except there are fewer restaurants, and several malls have closed or nearly closed. We only miss them occasionally and might have to drive an extra 40 miles to find a mall. I have always been grateful for delivery since I can’t walk far and don’t drive hardly at all.
It’s funny. I used to buy books on Amazon. This was after I tried buying a book at our local Barnes and Noble (in our only mall). The book was $10 more in B&N than in their own online store. They said the online part and brick & mortar part are run by separate areas of the larger corporation — and they don’t cooperate on price. Honestly, I think my jaw dropped.
I started buying books on Amazon and I remember when they started to sell all this other stuff. Kind of got to watch the industry grow. Along with computers.