Someone on Facebook said: “It’s awesome how much more we can do now given technology and the efficiency of digital markets.”
I think he wrapped it up very well; my verbose explanation tires people out and the only way I know how to shorten it is to say “The Internet is fucking unreal awesome dasffaggd” which isn’t all that helpful.
But think about it – some time ago I decided I wanted a specific type of baseball that was weighted and colored differently – 6 combinations in all. I kept selling some other vendor’s inferior product and making some money off of it, but then I eventually got to the point where I thought: “Can’t I just do this myself?”
I PM’d a friend who I knew who did offshoring, he told me to look at alibaba.com (I could have easily Googled this), and a month later I was sending an international wire to China and 2 months after that I had 100 cases of weighted baseballs and 100 cases of resistance bands.
I then built an online shop using WordPress, a shopping cart plugin, Stripe, and a Stripe plugin. Total cost? $29 and Stripe’s processing fees, plus my $6/month host. (Site5)
I was completely out of stock in two months.
This is the future we envisioned as kids. 15 years ago this would have been near-impossible. Today all it took was a Facebook message, a Google search, trading emails with a rep in China, and sending an international wire from my credit union.
How great is the Internet?