Built into the barcode app on my Android phone. Just point the camera at the bar code, and it looks it up. It can also find you the best prices locally and on the net.
This will surely be the end of brick and mortar book stores. People go to Barnes & Noble to brows, then scan the barcode on the book they want and order it from Amazon. I've actually see this happen at my local B&N.
That wouldn't have worked in my application. There wasn't a barcode for me to scan.
I was looking over a recent receipt. I understood what most of the items were, despite the non-English descriptions. One puzzled the heck out of me. Googling did no good but the upcdatabase.com decoder reminded me that the item was a particular kind of electrical part. From there, I was able to remember that I'd received it.
Too_Many_Tools fired this volley in news: email@example.com:
God forbid I should ever agree with you, but you're right.
I shop _everything_ I can mechanical, plumbing, housewares... everything down to welding supplies from my local (small town) ACE hardware.
Being in a small town, they are very well-stocked. It costs about 15% more to shop there than in the big-box stores. But they are THERE WHEN I NEED THEM. I have to drive 25-40 miles (in any direction) to get to a big box. Ace is just 9 miles down the road, and they'll do anything to keep my business.
Keep your local merchants in business. Shop locally. DON'T burn two gallons of gas to save a buck.
However, I have a few local shops who apparently have not gotten the memo about the economy. Two examples:
I don't get it. It's like these guys are really tired of being in business.
Looks like you are seeing first hand the phenomenon of the Petty Tyrant. It is brought out in people when they have a some power but have low status or feel a lack of respect.
Thanks for that. It made me feel better.
In casual Googling just now, I did not uncover a strategy for dealing with my friends at the paint store, the welding store or the fish counter, other than by spending my money elsewhere. Hopefully the replacement businesses will thrive.
Sounds like an opportunity for someone.
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