For books, we were reading titles such as The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson, American Political Thought: Four Hundred Years of Ideas and Ideologies by Sue Davis, and And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft by Mike Sacks.
Many ordered textbooks because the years of 2005-2010 were ripe for cash-strapped college kids flip off their campus bookstores and get books cheap online.
It’s been 25 whole years since Amazon burst onto the scene as an online bookseller in July of 1994.
We had a Yo Gabba Gabba poster in 2009, a Ravenclaw necktie, computer mystery games, webcams for parents, copies of Resident Evil 5, a Weems & Plath weather center, and a Nikon D90 DSLR.
One staffer, who shall remain nameless, ordered self-seal sterilization pouches, wide-mouth plastic storage caps, and a pressure cooker/canner pressure regulator.
My first Amazon purchase was back in March 2005, and needless to say, I am mildly embarrassed to find evidence of my power metal phase.
Seeing as I didn’t get high speed internet until at least 2006, and YouTube wasn’t even a thing until February 2005, I guess it makes sense. (The Haunting still slaps though.