Just thinking about the 19th century Amazon dot com this morning (although this particular catalog is from 1902):

archive.org/details/sears-roeb

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@cstanhope several years ago I read a brutal postmortem on Sears, and how they could *easily* have taken the massive global inventory/shipping/IT infrastructure they already had in place in the 1990s and added e-commerce to it, but leadership at the time was like "why would anyone order anything online when they can go to their local Sears!"

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