I’ve been sitting in a sea of bubble wrap, packing tape, and cardboard boxes for the last two days. And as I was grumbling about how much I dislike this portion of the job….I remembered when the ENTIRE process of selling online was a lot more time consuming.
When I first started selling online in the mid-90’s, the supportive technology was just starting to be available to the consumer. And just like with any new technology (think hand-held calculators and laptops)….it certainly wasn’t affordable. Especially the “photo” technology.
So here’s what I remember having to do when I first started:
1. Buy a disposable camera.
2. Take pictures of my “wares” to sell.
3. Get pictures from disposable camera developed.
4. Take pictures to Kinkos and scan each picture.
5. Crop and edit each picture (all the while the Kinko’s money clock was ticking)
6. Save each picture onto a disk.
7. Take disk back home….then start listing my stuff.
I remember finally being able to afford a scanner…so the Kinko’s part was taken out eventually.Then I remember being able to afford a digital camera….so the film development part was taken out. But that initial process was…a…pain.
I imagine someday I’ll think back to my last couple days….and then look at my “Shipping Robot”….and smile.