In 1981, on the roadside of Qianmen, Beijing, a bowl of tea with 2 cents a bowl of rice had to be lined up to drink.
Make long distance calls to line up.
In 1995, in the Xidan mobile phone business hall in Beijing, people lined up to buy mobile phones.
In the 1990s, I queued to buy treasury bills.
Looking back on these decades, shopping queues seem to have never been broken. However, when you think about it carefully, there is a subtle change in the middle.
The initial queue was due to shortage of supplies. The Hutongkou Cooperative has brought in fish and tofu, and the market has come to live fish and live chickens. They are all scarce goods. If you don’t hurry up, you can’t buy them. At that time, the queue was helpless.
In the 1990s, there was a supermarket in Beijing, and the goods were abundant. However, once the supermarket is discounted, everyone will still have a long queue. At this time, everyone queued mainly to save money, and the picture was affordable.
Nowadays, many supermarkets still line up frequently, and the people who line up are mainly retired aunts. In addition to the cheap map, everyone is going to join in the fun, in order to get together to chat, exchange or not. Which tofu is good, which kind of fruit is fresh, which kind of food is good to eat. While queuing, while talking about things outside the house, things are bought, and Tianer is also happy, and made new friends. Today's queue is called supermarket social.