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Before Ebay: What Was there Before?


Chronos the 2nd

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I am not talking about Ebay as an auction site as I believe it sees itself,these days, as more of a shopping website. I used to put everything I no longer wanted on Ebay but these days I very rarely sell on there what with the,in my opinion, greedy fees structure and when you add PayPal fees ,also owned by Ebay then it really has ceased to be a worthwhile effort.

But what Ebay is fantastic for is buying items in quantities not found elsewhere. I dabble a bit in computer case modding so quite often am looking for a small number of a particular size machine screws and 99 times out of a 100 I will find them on Ebay. I have a Screwfix very near me but only sell in quantities of a 100 or similar.

Another example the connection from toilet seat to pan got broken and I was all over Edinburgh trying to buy a replacement but I was told I would need to buy the seat as well which I was not prepared to do. Low and behold found what I needed on Ebay, contacted the sell and arranged to have it delivered a bit quicker than advertised. It arrived the next day total cost £3.50.

So where did we go before EBay? those of us in the building trade and the like obviously had access to bit and pieces which were needed at sometime or other but nowadays I would be lost without Ebay for the small quantities of various items.

A great plus is that I do not have to trawl around shops looking for stuff which I absolutely hate.

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amonra

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There used to be a little shop in an arcade in Bath run by a lovely old dear which stocked practically everything. You only had to ask her did she have a left handed semi spiral 3/4" widget . She would think for a moment then ask, "Did you want a blue one or a red one ?" ! Fantastic place, my favourite haunt whilst the wife went shopping.

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Quickbeam

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What Was there Before?

Small adds in the local paper, paper shop window adds, Woolworths, the jar of rusty nails in the garage...

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WhiteTruckMan

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the only chandler I knew of, apart from Raymond Chandler, was a Ship's chandler

Well many moons ago I used to deliver cotton wool to a Boots warehouse in Chandlers Ford, if thats any help?

WTM

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Quickbeam

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Was the cotton wool sold as deck caulking through ship's chandlers?

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