Word today that Amazon’s Prime service now has 100 million customers is a sign of the world of buying things that we increasingly live in today.
Prime’s annual subscription entitles you to free shipping and access to Amazon’s music service and other perks.
It also makes buying just about anything you want and having it shipped to your doorstep within days as easy as a mouse click or a tap on your smart phone.
While the service offers extreme convenience, I suspect it’s also caused some folks with little regard for their finances or little self control, to spend money they might otherwise choose not do spend.
For those of us who are not big fans of shopping in all but small “mom & pop” stores, it’s an easy way to get what we want without having to go out somewhere to get it.
Some recently closed retailers blame Amazon directly for their downfall, but I suspect the recent “Toys R Us” bankruptcy for example, has more to do with the fact that a declining birth rate meant fewer kids to need their toys diapers and other products.
I do look forward to the day when I can order groceries and have them delivered, which is offered already by Amazon in some larger metro areas.
That’s the way I see it.