Industries the Internet put out of business

I tried this post out a couple of years ago and could not get it going. Ironically, the WSJ put out a similar article. I’m not surprised by their list, but it worth noting here. Here is their list:

Sector Revenue 2010 (in millions) Decline 2000-2010 Forecast Decline 2010-2016 Establish- ments 2010 Decline 2000-2010 Forecast Decline 2010-2016
Wired Telecommunications Carriers $154,096 -54.9% -37.1% 23,474 -10.5% -15.9%
Mills $54,645 -50.2% -10.0% 9,553 -23.6% -12.8%
Newspaper Publishing $40,726 -35.9% -18.8% 6,128 -28.6% -17.6%
Apparel Manufacturing $12,800 -77.1% -8.5% 2,265 -60.5% -11.3%
DVD, Game & Video Rental $7,839 -35.7% -19.3% 17,369 -34.8% -11.2%
Manufactured Home Dealers $4,538 -73.7% -62.0% 3,968 -56.7% -58.7%
Video Postproduction Services $4,276 -24.9% -10.7% 1,789 -43.2% -37.8%
Record Stores $1,804 -76.3% -39.7% 2,916 -77.4% -11.6%
Photofinishing $1,603 -69.1% -39.1% 7,083 -59.3% -33.3%
Formal Wear & Costume Rental $736 -35.0% -14.6% 2,310 -28.5% -17.0%

Funny how things change. Twenty years ago, you were probably related or knew a travel agent? Today, not so many. The travel agent went the way of the mullet, but guess what, the mullet can come back. Travel agents probably will not.

I want to compile a list of jobs or industries that have gone the way of the dinosaur or the crocodile. You know, a crocodile is a dinosaur, but they don’t exactly rule the earth anymore. What I mean is that they are a fraction of their old self.

Travel agents turned into Internet travel sites.
Classified ads of newspapers are now on Craigslist.
411 calls are not free (800-Bing-411)
Record stores turned into Itunes, Rhapsody, Napster, Amazon and etc.
Video rentals are now being replaced by Netflix, which will soon be replaced by video downloads.

Places people used to go. Now they go here.
Used to go to bars and churches and now they use dating sites.

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2 Comments

  1. Chris
    Posted March 4, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    People used to talk on the phone and actually try and cultivate solid, strong relationships. Now they like to reconnect with someone they were an acquaintance of in High School to see how they are doing.People text and email instead of actually hearing someone's voicePeople used to work on computer programming projects with people at their companies and talk to face to face. Now, they call the Phillipines or India.People used to watch TV to catch movie or restaurant reviews. Now they go to Yelp or Rotten Tomatoes or one of another dozen sites.People used to actually think for themselves. Now, they wait to be told what to believe.People used to be able to take chanced in life, now they will pay dearly for any chance that doesn't work out.

  2. Nick Sparagis
    Posted March 12, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Hey buddy, this is my blog. Watch it;)

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