You’ve probably already guessed what it is by now.
According to John Markoff’s 2005 book What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry, before the invention of Amazon, eBay, and many other of our favorite shopping websites, the first act of e-commerce was performed by Stanford students using Arpanet accounts in either 1971 or 1972. If you didn’t know, Arpanet was the network that acted as the building blocks for the internet. It’s like the Internet’s daddy.
Anyway, using Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence laboratory, the students were able to purchase an undisclosed amount of marijuana from their friends at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It’s somewhat iconic that these computer nerds, while unknowingly working with technology that would eventually change almost every aspect of human life, were apart of a very historic transaction. It seems kind of fitting that the first online transaction was an undisclosed amount of marijuana, especially since computer genius Bill Gates is such an avid supporter of the drug.
Now, more than 40 years after that first transaction, you can by literally anything online. Thanks to websites like Amazon, Craigslist, and many grocery stories that offer online purchasing and delivery services, you can essentially buy everything you need to without ever having to leave your house. You can even buy a Water Jet Pack for $68,000 from the comfort of your own home, thanks to ThisIsWhyImBroke.
In addition to all of the legal things that you can buy, you can also perform countless illegal transactions using your internet connection. If you’re able to find a way to connect to the DarkNet, you can pay for assassins, female companions, and of course, every drug you can possibly think of. The drug dealers online have even set up a review system, so you know which users to trust and which users not to trust. Customer satisfaction comes first when you’re buying your drugs from strangers on the internet.
But, don’t worry. If you don’t have access to the Darknet, you can always just buy your drugs off of Instagram. Seriously.