Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Snail Mail

You know that as a certified doomer, it is a given that I think that things are probably going to get worse before they get easier. Now, this isn't precisely a prep thing, but more of general principles kinda way of looking at things.

We gotta get over the "next day delivery" phone and internet order lifestyle. The reasons are as follows:
  • I can't say that the free internet will last much longer, it is a controlled system and will become increasingly controlled as times get harder.
  • Oil prices will gut the ability to fly huge cargo planes at great cost.
  • You aren't going to be able to afford it anyway.
I think that folks had better get used to the old way of ordering from catalogs, where you send a money order, and the company sends the goods. All by old fashioned haulage and not very quickly.

The act of doing things in this manner will help things out a lot. How many things do you have lying around that were ordered on a whim 'cuz you wanted in NOW. When you buy something, you are taking from a small pool of your resources and getting something that you decide you need instead of something else. Madison avenue and the megacorps have made a business model of impulse purchases and instant gratification. You can escape.

Make this ability to purchase things hard on yourself. By limiting things to local purchases and snail mail deliveries, you will be getting used to the the way things are going anyway. You will also be more circumspect in your purchases since it will be something that you need rather than an impulse purchase.

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