My Dear Son:
My grandmother's grandfather, you see, had armed her with a turn-of-century marketing strategy of his own. If he saw something he'd like to buy, but he did not absolutely need it to survive another twenty-four hours, he'd go home and wait a minimum of three days.
If, at the end of his waiting period, he still felt as strongly about wanting the item, and he had the money, and the merchandise was still available, he would purchase it. As you can see, in today's fast-paced marketplace—and for some rarer items, this strategy would be difficult, if not impossible.
I guess the valuation, whether our brains have indeed been maimed in faster contemporary times, as she observed, would involve answering these questions: how far are you willing to go and how much are you willing to pay for the sake of speed and convenience?