All this talk of missing out on the technology? I sometimes wonder what really the big difference is, except the tools used?
In the old days you would look in the Sears catalog (now an internet search), find what you wanted, call Sears on the telephone to order it (now internet connection or cell phone), and go pick it up at the Sears store after 4:30 (now delivered to your door). Pretty simple really.
The only difference today is that there are thousands of unknown vendors providing the on-line catalog instead of the paper one, we're using an electronic device instead of the old rotary telephone, and its being delivered to our door instead of picking it up a couple miles away. But what technology really did they miss out on??? I really don't see that as the "Sears" problem and I do miss the catalog. To me eliminating the catalog was the beginning of the end.