The CD section at the nearby Future Shop just shrank again. Now there’s more room for DVD boxed sets of 1980s TV shows that someone must be buying. And you have to think it’s only a matter of time before DVDs go the way of CDs as everyone downloads. On the same day I stopped by Future Shop, I’d just downloaded $20 worth of Rolling Stone’s tracks for my wife’s iPod.

Another business that seems to have gone extinct is the ice cream trucks and Dickie Dee bikes that used to troll the neighbourhoods in the dead of summer. Can’t ever remember buying an ice cream bar. But they were always going up and down the streets ringing their bells. Now, the only truck that wanders through our neighbourhood is driven by an old guy who sharpens tools (and I’ve never seen anyone stop him either).

So where did those refrigerators on wheels go? Maybe the same place all of our 8-track, vinyl, tape and CD collections are destined to end up. And you have to feel sorry for whoever gambled all of their life savings on buying an ice cream truck. before the market disappeared.

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Jay Robb

I've reviewed more than 500 business books for the Hamilton Spectator since 1999 and worked in public relations since 1993.

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