I remember the old days. What I remember about the old days that never comes up in the myriad sentimental 'Remember the old days' emails that I frequently get is that we used to get coffee served with every meal any time of the day FREE.
I don't know when that practice ended nor do I know the geography of its demise (it may still prevail in parts of Nebraska). I still notice it in hotels and highway diners at breakfast where you can often start with free coffee. But that seems to be the limit of my current experience. Nearly everyone charges for coffee.
When did this change? Did fast food retailers start it? Did the change signify anything else such as the rise of espresso or more dinning out?
While we are on the subject of free becoming sold, have you noticed that for the past 25 years water that was once free is now sold in high priced bottles.
Based on coffee and water I expect many of the things we get free on the Internet won't be free for long.