NE1sGame asked in Social ScienceEconomics · 1 decade ago

What Businesses have been "killed" by the Internet?

Think about it - once the internet got going, some businesses were totally taken from behind... either they no longer exist "out on the street", or are so beaten that there are few that flourish.

My example: Travel Agencies.

The local ones you would go to for making your vacation plans, etc. Now it's almost ALL internet based.... Any others? Why?

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  • NC
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Video rental stores are finding it hard to compete with Netflix (Wherehouse stopped renting DVDs in the summer; now they only have DVDs for sale). Record stores are in a double squeeze between Amazon.com and iTunes (although department stores did eat market share away from them, too); Tower Records announced closure a couple of weeks ago.

    As to the post office (suggested by some people as a candidate for obsolescence), its future is bright, because they are the enablers of e-commerce. Who, for example, delivers Netflix? The post office. As e-commerce grows, so will the postal business...

  • 1 decade ago

    Any business where information used to be their key asset stands to be hurt or ruined by the free flow of information on the internet. However - any business that provides exceptional customer service and eases our burden of gathering information as consumers will still excel.

    A travel agency that provides great service and really knows how to seek out the best deals and can provide other travel tips and advice that are otherwise hard to come by will still excel in today's online culture.

    I can't think of a business that doesn't stand a fighting chance if run properly and provides value to consumers they wouldn't otherwise find on the internet.

  • 1 decade ago

    The greeting card industry has rolled backward significantly since computers allowed people to print their own cards. Emails didn't help either. But greeting cards will always remain an inexpensive gift and the price on the back will always be important.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think most messenger services that used to be by bicycle have disapeared to, because you can email your stuff to the other party faster. Bookstores, you can order on line in most cases. All merchandising areas are being challenged by the internet. It is adapting that makes them survive.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Western Union...nobody sends telegrams anymore.

  • 1 decade ago

    Mail order catalogs must be taking a hit.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    US postal service, canada post, naughty magazines. they may not be gone but they are the way out.

  • 1 decade ago

    Its a slow death but I say Newspapers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i think that the post office will eventually die

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