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My dad told me something interesting today.

It seems, in the not so distant past, if you ordered something, it could take as long as three months to actually get it! Nowadays, I get pissed if it takes four days! Do any of you older members remember those days? He said, he would have to order things in September to guarantee they'd arrive by Christmas! Lol
Luckylu · 61-69, F
Yes I remember. We would get a catalog and in the catalog there would be a form to fill out with what you want to order. You calculate the total using the form and mail a check with the form or sometimes they had a section to enter credit card information. Then a month later or more you would receive what you ordered.
OverTheHill · 56-60, M
Amazon seems to be taking longer to get stuff to you than they used to.

Catalog shopping in the past took much longer.
OverTheHill · 56-60, M
@WizardofOz Yes, but you could use a credit card too.
WizardofOz · 26-30, M
@OverTheHill Yeah, but didn't you have to mail the numbers to the company? Or could you do it over the phone?
OverTheHill · 56-60, M
@WizardofOz Both.
exexec · 61-69, C
Ordering from catalogs could take a long time for delivery. The longest waits I remember were when I ordered something from an ad in a magazine, like "Boys Life." It took forever for those worthless items to arrive.
Paladin · 56-60, M
Yes. That doesn't seem like all that long ago. Today's youth would have had a hard time with that with their expectation of instant gratification.
WizardofOz · 26-30, M
@Paladin Tell me about it! Half the time I'll pay extra for next day delivery! lol
AlchemyFox · 36-40, F
I don't remember that, but I remember ordering from catalogs, filling out a form and writing your card number on it. Had to mail that out and wait. Hopefully they got it. It took 2-4 weeks. That was 90's.
WizardofOz · 26-30, M
@AlchemyFox He grew up in the late 70's into the 80's. I think by the nineties, computer's made things quicker. You're still young, AlchemyFox! Young and sexy.
AlchemyFox · 36-40, F
@WizardofOz I'm almost 40! Not that young 😬
WizardofOz · 26-30, M
@AlchemyFox A woman is still in her prime when they hit forty! They just have a different look, a more mature look but they're still beautiful and I'm not just saying that as a way to flirt with you. Well, maybe a little but it is true!
Don’t doubt it but don’t really remember it. Except for furniture delivery, that could take a while.

There’s a whole lot we take for granted these days, like speed in getting our orders!
olderuncle944 · 70-79, M
Yes i remember for over seas shipments even now you can buy on like from china with a wait of 1 to 2 weeks but prace is cheaper than same product on amazon or e bay
SW-User
Damn ... no wonder stores are going out of business
James1956 · 61-69, M
I remember that
LordShadowfire · 100+, M
Back in the '90s, it was still 6 to 8 weeks. And we waited. Every day, I would check the mailbox.

I'm so glad we live in a day when overnight and even same day delivery are things. But I'm afraid we don't appreciate our delivery people nearly enough.
WizardofOz · 26-30, M
@LordShadowfire I agree! I have a cousin that works for a carrier and she works hard.
LordShadowfire · 100+, M
@WizardofOz They are really the backbone of society.
WizardofOz · 26-30, M
@LordShadowfire Definitely, just like truck driver's.
I remember some books I ordered in the 80's through Scholastic took about that long back in the day.

 
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