1 ThePolecats 5 months ago I was thinking about some guitar parts I have purchased over the years and was thinking about how I bought some Custom '54 Strat pickups off Angela Instruments in 1999 from their website, well kind of. E-Commerce was sort of new back then. Yes you could buy off the internet then but it was nothing like it is now. I first was on the WWW in 1995 when AOL sent some disc to load on your computer and connect to them via dial up. It cost money to use them back then. I had no idea what the WWW was back then until I got this disc. Four years later I'm buying off Angela and eBay and maybe Amazon. By the way, a co-worker of mine got the same disc and he tried it and said he thought the internet was "stupid". Maybe back then it may seem but since then we all know it's a major part of our lives now and it's come a long way since dial up and AOL. eBay according to what I read on the internet has been around since 1995. I joined in 1999. When I bought off Angela you couldn't check out online back then. Pretty much they had their parts listed and you would have to call them and order and then fax them your credit card information. It sounds primitive and why didn't they take that info over the phone at least? I don't know. In 2003 I bought a few guitars from Ishibashi Japan and you couldn't pay over the net you had to fax your CC info. Angela of course you can checkout online now and I am not sure about Ishibashi since they are a foreign company to us in the US so I'm not sure how that works at that site now. I suppose Angela didn't do online payment back in 1999 because e-commerce was still fairly new and they just weren't setup for it yet. I'm sure eBay was set up for it because I don't recall doing anything hokey like faxing CC info. I recall just paying, well actually paying with money order. Maybe you "checked out" then sent payment in via M/O, or maybe they were setup for online CC, not sure but I did a lot of M/O back then. I don't think PayPal was around then, or at least not utilized by eBay yet. I purchased some Lolllar pickups about 2004 and he also required me to fax CC info. Odd he didn't take it over the phone. I kid you not, that's how he did it. Haven't purchased a thing since then from him but he probably does online transactions by now. As a matter of fact, in January of 2001 I purchased a Gretsch 6120 off eBay. It was used. It had flame maple, and of course it was pre-FMIC. Had more of a boxy body in my opinion than the FMIC era. It was okay but to me nothing special. The FilterTrons to me didn't sound good. Since then they improved them. I think I paid $1,200. So I think the first online purchasing I did was about 1999 from eBay and Angela but as I said Angela was sort of online but required the faxing of info. Actually I remember how much the pickups were and I still have them. They were $109 for the Custom '54 pickups. Nice pickups. Amazon I believe I first heard of them in 1998. A friend showed me a small article about this new book seller called Amazon. I don't recall if I purchased from them in 1998 or when was the first time but of course the past 15 years I used them a lot.What are your recollections about the early days of e-commerce and how it's changed and how primitive it was back then and what as your first or at least early purchases and when was it?