It's been dependable, but time consuming. And ordering on the Web usually involves shipping costs, although several of my orders qualified for free shipping.
On the other hand, if we had driven to a larger shopping area, there would have been vehicle costs and time both on the road and searching in stores. We probably came out ahead.
Close to the deadline for wrapping gifts, I did manage a trip to the antique and craft mall in town, but found nothing suitable. I went back to the Internet to finish.
Occasionally, the slow speed created problems completing online orders. There were a few complications. At one point I had to call the toll-free line to correct an error.
I remember but don't miss those monstrous "wish books" Wards and Sears used to send.
We do, however, look for ideas in the many magazine-sized catalogs that arrive at this time of year.
Interestingly, we notice more of them offering ideas and pages of suggestions for senior citizens. We old folks are beginning to be noticed.
"Turn almost any chair into a lift chair" one catalog proclaims. The item at just $249 plus $19.95 shipping is part of a six-page section color coded for "Aging in the Home." That same catalog on the back cover plugs a computer "designed for you, not your grandchildren". The price isn't listed but there's a toll-free number for it.
Those toll-free numbers are handy for another purpose, namely, to request the company stop mailing catalogs. When I first tried that, it evoked a little confusion. No more. Many companies now offer that option when we call. None seem shocked any more.
Contact writer Evadna Bartlett at eva...@dailymailwv.com.