Everyday Things That Are Slowly Disappearing From The Buying List

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This generation does everything opposite to the past generations. Due to rapid dynamic changes, people stop buying popular and common stuff. They don’t consider buying useless things and save their money for important essentials. You might get surprised that many of the popular things in the past are not now available in the stores to buy. Some of such things that people no longer buy are mentioned in this article;

  1. Cars And Gas

Cars were considered important in previous generations, but today people are not willing to buy cars due to increased gas prices. Nowadays, people consider public transportation and other ride-sharing apps more convenient. 

  1. Bulk Grocery Stores

In the past, people would buy things in bulk. But now, youngsters don’t cook by themselves and they don’t want to waste money on something they would not use. The concept of bulk stores is kind of dying now.

  1. Cruises

Cruises were considered a dream travel experience before, but millennials are not interested in taking cruises on vacation. Even with all the luxuries it offers, they would still opt for real-life experience.

  1. Beef

Millenials are not much fond of eating red meat, which is the complete opposite of previous steak-loving generations. Meat is expensive too, so people now start to avoid buying it.

  1. Napkins

Napkins are another important essential that are slowly disappearing from stores. People don’t want to spend their money on buying napkins now, they rather buy paper towels.

  1. Fabric Softener

It is highly unlikely that anyone from this generation bought a fabric softener. One reason is that people don’t know what is the purpose of fabric softener, they rather buy good washing machines.

  1. Typical Gyms

In a time where health is considered optimal for the people. Still, people are not signing up for gyms more often. They think the money would be wasted in buying the membership of the gyms.

  1. Mayonnaise

There was a time when people literally put mayonnaise on every other thing. But now, people don’t consider it buying as they consider it unhealthy. Many brands are replacing it with healthy alternatives like Greek Yogurt.

  1. Irons

Another item that is disappearing from the household irons, people don’t find it an essential anymore. Clothes are now designed as no-iron, they can stay wrinkle-free even if not ironed. 

  1. Landlines

Landline was the only way of communication back then, but now it is difficult to find any landline service. With the increased surge of cell phones, people stop relying on landlines to make contact with their loved ones. 

  1. Lottery Tickets

With the increased financial difficulties, debt and expenses, people might think lottery tickets are a solution. But today’s generation doesn’t want to waste their money on something they consider a waste of money.  

  1. Postcards

There was a time when people would send postcards to their loved ones on any important occasion. The number of postcards sent has now decreased to five million in recent years. With social media and cell phones, people find it easier to convey a message than to send a postcard.

  1. Stilettos

Celebrities wear stilettos to parties or awards, but girls are not much of stilettos’ fans of stilettos now. Whoever wants to wear such shoes which cause heel pain, wear sneakers more often. Many brands are now offering comfortable alternatives to their customers. 

  1. Life Insurance and Stocks

People are not considering investing money in stocks or buying insurance plans. They witnessed their parents going through a time of economic recession, they don’t want to spend money on it and they don’t afford them either.

  1. Doorbells

When was the last time you rang someone’s doorbell? People are now living in apartments where the concept of doorbells is no longer present. If someone wants to visit someone at home, they would just send a text message to inform them.

  1. Cable Subscriptions

There is a huge downfall of cable subscriptions over the years, but millennials play a huge role in their decline. Today’s generation is much more inclined towards online streaming websites like Netflix, HBO, Amazon, etc. They can watch their favorite shows on streaming sites whenever they are free. 

  1. Hotels

Millennials are not much inclined towards getting luxurious experiences during their vacations. They rather choose apartments or book Airbnbs for more authentic and affordable vacations. People are not residing in hotels more often than past generations.

  1. Golf

People from past generations saw themselves as extraordinary when they used to play golf. Due to its slow nature, youngsters are not fans of golf. They rather play fast simulation games than play at an expensive 18 holes golf course. 

  1. Bars of Soaps

In the past generations, everyone had a bar of soap next to their sink in the bathroom. But nowadays, people consider it unhygienic and have shifted towards other options. Many older people would still opt for bar soaps.

  1. Casual Dining

There was a time when people would go out to have dinner at fancy restaurants. But now, millennials don’t go to restaurants, they rather treat themselves or order food. If restaurants want to boost their sales, they need to attract millennials back to the restaurants.

  1. Department Stores

Big department stores like JCPenney, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdales were once the go-to store for people. But now, people find it more convenient to order something online than visiting such stores. 

  1. Fast Food

Apart from Mcdonald’s, other fast-food chains are also seeing a decline in their sales. Nowadays, people are more interested in eating healthy and supporting local restaurants than big fast-food restaurants.

  1. Designer Clothing

In the previous decade, people would try to find a designer dress to wear. But now, millennials don’t consider it necessary to buy a designer dress. Youngsters buy clothes from local stores or spend their money buying clothes from thrift stores.

  1. Wine With Corks

People are now considering it more convenient to get a wine bottle that opens easily. Cork wine bottles are also expensive, the reason why many choose to buy a cork-free and budget-friendly wine bottle.

  1. Motorcycles

Now, you would not find as many motorcycles as you found on the streets before. This generation has the least interest in having motorcycles. People find motorcycles expensive and difficult to maintain at the same time, they choose to travel via public transportation more.

  1. Movie Theaters

In the past years, people loved to spend their weekends in theaters watching their favorite movie. But now, even with many advancements, millennials found it boring to go to theatres. They watch movies at home sitting comfortably on their couch, with no interruption from anyone.

  1. Taxis

It is highly unlikely you now see taxis on roads, their number declined after the surge of ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft. These ride-sharing apps have digital payment options, and millennials have caused the increase in popularity of such apps.

  1. Alarm Clocks

Have you seen an alarm clock in someone’s room recently? People don’t buy alarm clocks separately as they can set alarm clocks on their cell phones. According to statistics, 80 percent of people choose to set alarms on their cell phones. You can pick your favorite song as the alarm tone to wake up in the morning rather than the typical alarm tone of an alarm clock.

  1. Fax Machines

You must have not seen any fax machine in a long time, smartphones have the feature to scan and send documents. They are now a thing of the past, people don’t consider wasting money on such an expensive machine.

  1. Calculators

Calculators are not bought separately more often now, as almost all smartphones offer this feature. Why carry an extra thing in your bag when you can have the same thing available on your cell phone? 

  1. Paper Invitations

People are sending more email invites than paper invitations, email invitations can not be lost either. According to the recent surveys, almost half of the total population never sent a handwritten invitation or letter to anyone. 

  1. GPS Devices

As smartphones have in-built GPS systems, people are not buying GPS systems alone. Many cars now have GPS systems installed, so millennials don’t opt to buy them separately.

  1. Regular Milk

How many alternatives to regular milk like Soya milk, Almond milk, rice milk, etc are available? Few people are interested in buying regular milk now. Milk sales have dropped drastically since the 70’s because of all such alternatives available.

  1. Cereal

Another thing people are buying less is cereal. With the busy schedules, people are not eating cereals as they used to before. According to a report, almost half of millennials don’t like to eat cereals. They find it extra work to wash the spoon and bowl etc, they like to eat something more convenient.

  1. Business Suits

Now, people don’t consider it necessary to wear a business suit when going to the office. They do not like the tiring concept of business suits much, they like to wear comfortable and casual dresses at offices. Many brands are trying to bring back the trend of business suits, but they are not getting much success for now.  


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