by julianwiddows on November 7, 2010

Buying stuff on the internet has never been easier. Books, boardgames, comics, CDs, or whatever else it is fuels your own, personal peccadilloes, are more accessible and affordable than ever before, which puts the consumer in the face of temptation whenever he or she ventures into the web. I like stuff, and tend to buy a fair amount of it – Amazon, Infinity Games UK, Apple, Autograph, various hi-fi, snowboarding, climbing and mountaineering sites, are all far too easy to spend money on, and my stuff to available cash/home space ratio is now completely out of whack. My literary pile of  shame is horrific, and the cupboards upstairs are split between a pile of boardgames three deep and half room height, and more mountaineering and snowboarding kit than I’d need to mount an expedition to Siula Grande.

Bouncing a few tweets around last Friday on a train somewhere between Activision head-office and base-station in suburban Birmingham, I mentioned to @griddleoctopus that Evernote is currently saving me a small fortune on boardgame puchases which, honestly, is as true a statement as a man can make. Instead of a one click purchase, I now channel all impulse clicks to Evernote, knowing I can go back at a later date when I have the bandwidth to consume the content and purchase; instead of buying a book from the shop at the train station, I take a photo of the cover and capture it for another day; instead of packages from Amazon landing on the doorstep every week, I have collections of links and images for future reference. Maybe it’s a me thing, but I find the reduced steps to purchase and the increasing availability of stuff way too tempting – Evernote sates the need to ‘own’ something when you see it, for free, and as such is a thing of wonder for all of us 21st Century consumers.

For more about Evernote, click here for an overview of one of the best applications currently on the market.

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