It's 2005 and I have been able to resist the lure of eBay.
I haven't, however, been able to resist ordering regularly from Amazon. I have ordered so much that I now (apparently) have the ability to do something called "one click ordering."
I really don't like one click ordering. See, I have a near impossible time committing to something. I can't tell you how many times I've filled my online shopping cart with items, gone to checkout and then dumped them all one by one because I couldn't commit. It's not embarrassing at all. No one even knows.
Last night that all changed.
I filled my cart with about 7 different items, all of which I intended to buy. I even had a gift certificate and a new credit card. Woo Hoo!
So, I was doing a review of what I was buying - hopping back and forth between websites to check one more time and see if anyone else had the items cheaper. I had emptied my cart of the other 9 books I wanted, but didn't need and couldn't afford.
I was ready to proceed to the fun part of entering my gift certificate and all the other zillions of numbers required to make a purchase.
I clicked place order and got ready.
THANK YOU. YOUR ORDER HAS BEEN PLACED.
Not only did I not get to use my gift card, but everything I purchased had been instantaneously billed to my checking account (which was how I made my last purchase.) I couldn't cancel without e-mailing all SEVEN different vendors and then explaining myself in the inadequate (for concise explanations) medium of e-mail.
I guess I do still have that gift card, and it won't be the first time we eat peanut butter sandwiches for a week because I blew the grocery budget on books.
I guess I am not the ideal candidate for the convenience of one click ordering am I?