It seems like only yesterday Amazon.com was a cute little online baby, shipping out books from a garage and saying the darndest things, and now it’s a 15-year-old teenager that sometimes sasses back and gets sent to its room. Time takes a look back at the online retail giant as it turned 15 on Friday, and the history of shopping the interwebs.
From the moment one of the first known web purchases was made (a pepperoni and mushroom pizza with extra cheese from Pizza Hut, who knew?) up until now, shopping on the Internet has come a long way. Amazon’s founder and CEO started the company in 1995 Bellevue, Wash., packing up books on a table made from an extra door. Adorable! Now the company sells almost anything, from computers to diapers, CDs to rare species of wildcats. That last one was a joke, but you get the point.
And despite financial setbacks for consumers across the globe, business is still booming. As Time notes:
Online retail in the U.S. grew 11% in 2009, according to a March 2010 report from Forrester Research. More than 150 million people — about two-thirds of all Internet users in the U.S. — bought something online last year. It’s a staggering leap for an industry used by 27% of the nation’s online population a decade ago.
So happy birthday, Amazon, and stop asking me if I want to save money on my order by signing up for your credit card. It’s not gonna happen.