Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe
marypcb

I still think of Amazon as a bookshop

I know Amazon is a logitistics and fullfillment service that just started with something easy to warehouse, with a long tail and a widespread, Internet-savvy audience - but I stil think of it as a bookshop and it somehow feels odd to buy toothpaste there. I have been using the same toothpaste (Mentadent P) since I was about 15, because it doesn't taste of mint and has the same cetyl pryidinium chloride (or near relative) that's in good mouthwash. I haven't been to a dentist in years either, so it seems to work for me. A few years back I noticed I couldn't get it in Waitrose and then I couldn't find it in Superdrug and now I can't find it in Boots and finally I thought 'why don't I look for it online?'

I stopped shopping online because I felt the delivery fee on Ocado was that little bit too high, and I like the interactive experience (I don't get out the house much some weeks!), but we buy cat food and ink cartridges and other staples online.Amazon is already the only place I know to get Zorb powder. So why does it feel like a culture shock to buy toothpaste online?
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