And whilst the likes of estate agents, health workers and banks rely on the fax for security and ability to time a document clearly that seems to have escaped the Manchester officials handling David de Gea's near £30 million move to Real Madrid.
The Spanish transfer window closed yesterday and United missed the deadline in getting the right documentation faxed over to the Spanish FA. Incensed Real Madrid officials have issued a 10 point statement outlining why it was the English club and not they who were at fault for what can only be described as a fiasco.
Not only will it create an issue on the goal keeping front now for United boss Louis van Gaal, especially with Anders Lindergaard going to West Brom, it will significantly reduce de Gea's value if he leaves in January. Real look more likely to wait until next season when de Gea is a free agent.
United have been reluctant to give their side of the story so far.