14 Consumer Experiences That Are So Much Better Now Than Ever Before

Most consumer experiences are a nightmare. We must wait in long lines while dealing with rude staff to get what we need. But some actually improved over time. 

Here are 14 consumer experiences that are far better now than ever before. 

Movie Tickets

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You used to have to wait in line at the box office to buy your movie and then search for enough empty seats for your party. Now, you can book the seats you want in advance. Most theaters offer a better overall experience, too. 

Driving Directions

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We used to rely on paper maps to find our way. Now, a pleasant voice and an easy-follow arrow guide us. On the flip side, millions of people lost their ability to navigate. 

Cheap Electronics

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Consumer electronics used to cost a fortune. Now, folks can buy televisions, cell phones, and computers for reasonable prices. 

Travel

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Travel used to be overly expensive and complicated. You needed an agent to book flights, hotels, and experiences. Now, you can plan and book your entire trip yourself online. 

Banking

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Mobile banking has made keeping track of our finances so easy. We haven’t even stepped foot in a brick-and-mortar bank for years. We can do everything we need to do, even deposit checks, all online. 

Curbside Pick Up

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People who hate the grocery store love the new curbside pickup option. They can order everything they need online and have it delivered to their car for no extra charge. 

Telemedicine

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Why spend hours in a doctor’s waiting room for simple problems? Telemedicine saves everyone time when the doctor can hop online for 10 minutes to offer a quick diagnosis (like a sick note) and spend their office time focusing on people who genuinely need the help. 

Communication

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You can talk to anyone anywhere in the world. We don’t have to worry about long-distance charges or wait months to get a letter from friends in far-off places. We can Facetime them instantly. 

Catching a Ride

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Before Uber, people had few options for getting rides. You could hail a cab in big cities, but you were out of luck in most other places. 

Investing

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A decade ago, people who wanted to invest needed to talk to a financial advisor and a stock broker. They had to trust those folks to have their best interests at heart. Now, anyone can open an account and purchase their own investments. 

Ordering Ahead

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We all hate lines. Most fast food places and service counters now allow people to order in advance, so their food is ready when they arrive. 

You Can Get What You Need

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Twenty years ago, if your local KMart didn’t have the vacuum you needed, you were out of luck. Now, you can order it online and deliver it to your door. Of course, we still have shortages, but it’s far easier to get the product you need when you need it than ever before. 

Gaming

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The old-school Nintendo Entertainment System was outstanding for its time. But it can’t compare to the massive storage and capabilities of the Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 5. 

Entertainment

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You no longer have to be home at 7 p.m. on Thursday to catch the latest episode of your favorite show. You can watch it on your schedule. Finding new shows, music, and movies is also easier than ever. 

Making Money Online

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It’s easier than ever to earn a full time income online. Here’s all the ways you can make money online

Getting an Education

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It’s easier than ever to get an education or learn niche skills online.  Check out these awesome platforms!

Skills We Wish We Could Master

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  Unfortunately, our busy schedules and hectic lives leave little opportunity to learn new things. Here are the top skills people would love to learn if they had the free time to do so!

The Coolest Things from the 90s

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Nineties kids will remember these fun trends from the last great decade. 

The best things about the 1990s.

Turn Your Hobby Into Extra Cash

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Want to make extra money on the side? These fun hobbies easily transform into money-making ventures

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