Amazon.com turned 20 this week. I can’t say I’ve been on board since day one (I was only 13), but my shopping history shows I’ve been trying to make up for lost time. I’m fairly certain I made my first purchase on Amazon in 2004-ish, but Amazon only shows my purchases through 2006. I remember being very skittish about making online purchases in the beginning. How adorable I was back then! Heck, last week, I ordered sunscreen from Amazon because I was too lazy to go to Walmart. You’ve got to love Prime shipping!
So in honor of Amazon’s birthday, let’s take a look at an annotated look through my (partial) purchase history and see what we can discern about my shopping habits. (Note that even I list the number of purchases, that doesn’t necessarily reflect the number of items per order.)
2006: 12 purchases
We’re gettin’ weird right off the bat. This is one of my very first purchases and for the life of me I can’t remember why I bought (or what became of it). Still, it is interesting to note that the price of this knife throwing manual has dropped 41 percent. Also interesting, that I apparently bought it from a Bible Verse.
2007: 19 purchases
Ugh. I remember the dark days when I thought a Bluetooth earpiece made me look ultra cool.
Ahh, good ol’ Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. This is one of my all-time favorite books. Fair warning, it’s very long (the paperback edition has over 1,000 pages) and very… British. Think of it as a mashup of Harry Potter and Jane Austen. You need to give it a long trial; don’t just read 10 (or even 100) then give up. I highly recommend the audio book, though at 28 CDs in length, it too can be intimidating. Fun Fact: The book has been made into a BBC America miniseries running now.
2008: 9 purchases
Judging from the date, you might guess these were Christmas presents. You would be correct (my sister got the bonsai, mom got the pizza cookbook). Did you even know you could buy trees on Amazon? I can’t remember if I meant the bonsai tree as a serious or gag gift, but I do remember that my sister actually got attached to the little guy. She named him Benji.
More Christmas gifts. Mom loved (and still loves the corn holders).
2009: 6 purchases
Not the last time I’ll buy a novelty rubber ducky.
I bought this in preparation for my trip to visit my sister while she was in grad school at Vandy. We went to a football game. They lost :-(.
2010: 6 purchases
Hey, I remember this book! It’s travelogue by a guy who decides to circle the globe without using air travel. Instead, he has to figure out how to get around stowing away on cargo ships, trains, rented scooters, camels, etc. It’s a fun read.
2011: 26 purchases
Megan and I got into old school musicals and we still enjoy the genre. Singin’ in the Rain is one of the best movies ever made!
My trusty Cardinals hat. It has seen many a game and saved me from many a sunburn!
By this time, Megan and I had been together for almost a year. While we weren’t ready to get married yet, I did a lot reading ahead of time to help me understand what a godly marriage looked like.
2012: 42 purchases
Free advice: don’t purchase gun accessories on Amazon. They may be cheap, but they’re all terrible. The only exception is this reasonably priced AR grip.
I enthusiastically and proudly stand behind each of these three items.
2013: 47 purchases
I love this! I don’t know where she got the idea, but Megan suggested with take a picture at our wedding with a parachute. It was a priority for us, we bought it even before we bought my wedding ring. The parachute picture turned out to be one of my favorites:
Ha! On the flight back from our honeymoon in Las Vegas, Megan and I realized we hadn’t bought any souvenirs for ourselves. Then as we flipped through the SkyMall catalog in the seatback pocket, we laughed out loud at this absurd giraffe toilet paper holder. Later that night when we got home, I decided we had to have it as our honeymoon momento (how many people can say that?). Anyway, Amazon was much cheaper than SkyMall. Another solid purchase.
Another purchase I stand by 100 percent! I love this steam cleaner. I hate doing chores around the house, but I enjoy steam cleaning. (We paid much more than the $0.00 shown here. There was some sort of mix up with our order and Amazon ended up sending us a second cleaner for free.)
2014: 53 purchases
We were very late to the party, but we got into Doctor Who last year.
Aww, it’s Zippy the Duck!
Nice. This is my “spare” wedding ring. My actual wedding ring has been in the shop for weeks at a time twice, so we decided to invest in a super cheap backup to wear when the starter is being repaired. Before the wedding there is no way I would have been OK spending just $20 on a ring, but it’s almost as good as the real deal. Almost.
What? Don’t pretend like you aren’t buying over-the-counter cranberry supplements for your pets too. #bladderhealth
2015: 52 purchases… so far.
I loved the movie, so I decided to read the book. It’s very interesting, but the tone is very different from the movie.
Sin and Grace in Christian Counseling is just one of many books I’ve purchased for school in the past 12 months. And I wish the other one was as well.
Megan and I are pretty rough on charger cords.
I know it seems weird, but this was a great investment. Hank loved it! Until he destroyed it :-(.
Of course, not long after I bought all those iPhone charger cables, Megan decided to switch to an Android phone. I am happy to report however that her original charging cable is still in pristine working order!
Another fantastic book Megan and I both loved. The Martian doesn’t have a traditional structure: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement. Nope, it’s is straight up from page 1 and is all climax. It’s also being made into a movie to be released this fall, but I can’t see how it will surpass the book.