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What's the first thing you remember buying online?

By Jos ยท 30 replies
Aug 7, 2015
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  1. Here’s an Internet fun fact: the first-ever online purchase was a Pizza Hut pizza in 1994 -- or so they claim. While some will argue that ‘online’ is too generic a term, and point to examples of transactions that predate the web as we know it, it’s still amazing how long we’ve come in 20+ years. Nowadays we take e-commerce for granted, we buy stuff using our phones, and decentralized, 100% digital currencies like Bitcoin are becoming a thing.

    In this week’s Open Forum we ask you: What's the first thing -- or the first you remember -- to have bought online? I had to turn to my Amazon purchase history for this and apparently one of my earliest was a D-Link wireless range extender in 2004 and a bunch of programming and web standards books. I'm pretty sure that's not the first but it's the earliest I have a record of. And you?

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,822   +2,078

    I'm not sure of the size, but I think it was a 128MB stick of pc100 sdram from TigerDirect(when it was still a good place to shop at). Man do I miss getting their catalogs in the mail.
  3. Dragon Ball Z action figure. Specifically, the erroneously manufactured version of the Majin Vegeta figure.
  4. Patrick Laramee

    Patrick Laramee TS Booster Posts: 26   +35

    Was a custom build computer from tigerdirect too.. pentium 4 2.4Ghz with an Intel mobo and a nice beige case !
  5. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,822   +2,078

    One thing I don't miss are beige cases. Who ever decided that was the right color needs to be taken out and shot.
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  6. byeman

    byeman TS Rookie

    In 1992 I ordered a CD through a telnet connection to ufl.edu.
  7. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Evangelist Posts: 419   +133

    Mine was a GeForce 2 MX from Ebay, way back in 2000. I was pretty new to the internet and PC computing and wasn't sure where else to go, but it was way cheaper than Circuit City, Electronics Boutique, or the one local PC parts store. I got a scare, though, when the seller missed several promised ship dates. I was literally a day away from contacting Ebay and my credit card company to report the seller when it appeared on my doorstep, with a hand-labelled driver disk. At least I didn't have to download a new driver over my EarthLink dial-up connection!
  8. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,913   +698

    Incredibly the 19" Hanns-G HW191D Monitor I use in portrait mode to this day, paid roughly $240 with shipping from tigerdirect.ca, and that would be about 8-10 years ago now. It's the fastest to turn on out of all my monitors, has the best reproduction of colors specifically white, very sharp too, and this was supposedly a budget brand back in the day, better than most modern monitors sad to say. Brings back so many memories of Lan parties, it'll be a sad day the day the monitor dies...

    This does quite nicely with old technology.
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2015
  9. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 8,196   +1,257

    My earliest memory is buying some new DVD releases from a now defunct store/review site in the late 90s (I think Amazon or IMDB bought them at some point). This was when I didn't have a DVD player connected to my TV, they were expensive and bulky, but I had a DVD-ROM in my PC.
  10. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,436   +459

    High runes for the video game diablo 2 off of ebay.
  11. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 996   +93

    A Star Wars figure off of Yahoo auctions, first time I got dinged for brokerage (ups) as well.
  12. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,094   +1,545

    Wow..good question. It's been so long I can't remember specifically. But I'll bet dollars to donuts it was a computer game.
  13. RoosterFish

    RoosterFish TS Rookie

    First thing I bought online that wasn't an Ultima Online subscription was a razr cellphone from ebay. Man did I think I was cool with that thing.
  14. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,624   +2,363

    A: A Paradise video card, probably for my Pentium II. My debit card info was stolen immediately thereafter and some of the first purchases made illegally were from the same online retailer I'd just used. The rest went mostly to porn sites. I immediately started a back-trace and brought the info to the bank. They told me it would be probably be weeks before the authorities could even investigate the theft and in the meantime all I had was the cash in my wallet, which was less than $50. Fortunately my sister was living in the same city as the address I had traced the IP to. Being a brown belt, decorated marksman and all-around kicker of *** she proceeded to pay a visit to said address. She met the mother of a 15-yr old kid who's ADD was supposedly just too bad for him to attend regular school and since his classes let out so much earlier than normal ones he spent most of his time on the computer. When sis explained the situation the mom begged her not to turn the boy in, but the family was fairly poor...probably because of Junior's cutting edge computer rig which left shortly thereafter in the back seat of my sister's car and sold for a little more than what I'd lost to the hacker wannabe. I gave sis a cut of the proceeds as thanks for her assistance. Oh, and a little over a week later the bank surprised me by getting nearly all my money back. I hope that little punk got straightened out - he definitely had some talent and probably would've made a heck of a network engineer and/or web programmer.
  15. turismozilla

    turismozilla TS Addict Posts: 174   +55

    A Pearl Export ELX drum kit in Amber Mist color, from Midwest Percussion.
  16. cocopuffed

    cocopuffed TS Rookie

    A book from amazon, but I can't remember the title.
  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Windows Vista from Microsoft.
  18. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 501   +428

    My first time I got scammed. Iluminated keyboard that was supposed to be same OEM part with OCZ Illuminati , but some half the price. Obviously all the positive feedback was fake, guy disappeared as soon as made few dozen sales.
  19. agb81

    agb81 TS Booster Posts: 79   +38

    A used sony-ericsson T68i cellphone... gotta have them colored pixels
  20. gcarter

    gcarter TS Enthusiast Posts: 99   +35

    It was a cd / music player software application back in the mid 1990's. For the life of me I can't remember the name of it, however I got a shareware version from a magazine cd, and then activated it by buying the licence online... felt so hi-tech
  21. CrisisDog

    CrisisDog TS Booster Posts: 144   +37

    Early 1990s when Compuserve was the big online provider, bought some video games for my Amiga. Also picked up some first edition Dungeons and Dragons books as TSR(?) had an online store through them.
  22. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,363   +608

    The first thing I every bought online was my first PC which was from Dell. It was a top or near top of the line Pentium II XPS 750 back in 1999. It still works, I think, but it hasn't been hooked up and turned on for a few years.
  23. JetFixxxer

    JetFixxxer TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +8

    Matrox video card I think it was the G200.
  24. Vaibhav Sharma

    Vaibhav Sharma TS Member Posts: 19

    Some book from flipkart. Saw an ad on facebook, thought to try it out. They only sold books those days.
  25. NicktheWVAHick

    NicktheWVAHick TS Addict Posts: 146   +118

    NECx Direct early 90's some 512Mb HDD that Stacker 3 converted to a whopping 1Gb when viewed on PCTools. How could I possibly ever need anything any larger than that?

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