This post is expanding on an earlier post I wrote. I went to a gas station to pick up some water after hitting the gym. I spent a good five minutes trying to figure out which bottle of water to get. Normally, I would focus on value – most amount of water for cheapest price. However, the best value products were the gallon jugs, which I didn’t want to get, because I would have to carry it the entire trip back home. Most of it would be on the bus, but roughly fifteen minutes of that would be walking or standing. So instead, I got the 1.5 liter bottle. On the way home, I stopped by Costco to grab random crap. I also ran into the same problem here – I have a limited amount of things I can carry. The weight of the items wasn’t a huge issue, as the bus stop was right outside the store, and it would also drop me off in front of my home, but my actual carrying capacity would be limited to whatever I could fit in a box. Being a bulk retailer, Costco is actually centered around people who have access to a car.
I realized that these types of problems have become marginalized as access to more forms of transportation becomes ubiquitous. I’d say most middle class Americans drive, which causes the issue of carrying capacity to go away. Most people probably have more than enough room to fit all of their groceries in their car. This is something that we take for granted now, but this is actually a major boon to modern society, on a greater scale and on the individual level. I was going to follow this up with examples of how it changed society on a micro and macro level, but I kind of ran out of steam. The end.