Dinosaurs and online shopping

Someone has alerted me this week to an interesting article about online shopping. The article is from a very reputable source (Newsweek) but let’s be fair; it’s from 1995. I thought it was really funny to see how things have changed – have a read for yourselves here:

http://www.newsweek.com/1995/02/26/the-internet-bah.html

This is the best part of the article, talking about online shopping:

“Then there’s cyberbusiness. We’re promised instant catalogue shopping—just point and click for great deals. We’ll order airline tickets over the network, make restaurant reservations and negotiate sales contracts. Stores will become obsolete. So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month? Even if there were a trustworthy way to send money over the Internet—which there isn’t—the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople.”

I found it funny, but again it’s 15 years old. And then I thought about this other funny article by someone who is always in the news, but is certainly not a news source:

26/11/2008 on smartcompany.com.au

“Online people do not make any money,” Gerry Harvey also told SmartCompany. “The whole world was conned with online retailing. People say I’m a dinosaur, and I’ve had people coming to me with sites and saying, ‘Oh, look at this, they have 10,000 or 20,000 hits!’ – but it’s a con, a complete con.”

You can see the full article with Gerry here:

hthttp://www.smartcompany.com.au/retail/why-online-retailing-is-a-dead-end-gerry-harvey.html

“People say I’m a dinosaur,” he said. I can’t fathom why.