Do you remember Diner’s Club cards? How about those old online shops that only had a few buttons and products for you to choose from? Each time you had to punch in your credit card number. It wasn’t like today where we can save a credit card number to a profile and use it numerous times into the future.
History of Commerce: From Cattle to Bitcoin, infographic created by Ecommerce Platforms.
Imagine having to purchase everything you owned by trading just cattle in 7000 BC. I’m sure most of us don’t remember the gold standard which led to some of the most exciting, and often violent, gold rushes the United States, and other countries have ever seen.
But What Was the First Online Sale?
It turns out Pizza Hut once claimed that they sold the first item online in 1994, when the company sold a single pizza to one of its customers, cutting out the phones and allowing the customer to stay home at her computer without having to walk into the store.