One would have thought at the end of the dot-com boom that all the boutique e-tailers would have gone the way of the dinosaurs except for Amazon.com.
But one would be wrong to think that... Here's a list of oddball catalogs I've found...and some of their products...
- Thinkgeek.com has some (overpriced) things like triops growing kits, carnivorous plant kits, and so forth. The Megazooka's intriguing though. I'm not sure about the Ninjas; anybody deploying this in an actual office deserves any reduction in force they might get.
- Monastery Greetings- it's not just fruitcakes! You too can burn incense the Orthodox way, with their very own Orthodox censers.
- Monastery Greetings, alas, does not sell liturgical vestments, but F.C. Ziegler and Company does! Now, Raoul Duke could have re-enacted his Las Vegas trip - if the dummy hadn't offed himself- in style. "Ideal for summer or as concelebration vestments. In easy to launder "Dupion" fabric 70% polyester / 30% viscose."
- But, getting back to the geek riff, the summum bonum of geek outlets of course is the Edmund Scientifics. Everything's here; lasers, optics, what-not.
- Altersystems.com has all your alternative energy needs, except possibly rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
- Kitchoan.com is where you go for wagashi, traditional Japanese cakes. Not for the budget minded. Including me, regrettably.
- And, continuing the Japanese theme, esake.com has outrageously priced sake, some of which is available elsewhere, and especially in Japan for less. Still, if I had an infinite amount of money, I would be intrigued enough to sample some sake made in an igloo in Hokkaido, just to say I did that.
Needless to say, it's gift certificates all around this year again.
I don't have much time and patience for Christmas materialism.