After making noises for quite a while about a rate hike for Prime’s “Fast, FREE shipping” accounts, Amazon has raised the fee for Prime to $119/year ($59 for a Continue reading Prime Cost Rises, “Abusers” Losing Accounts
So is your Android or IOS tablet. Amazon provides a free app that will all you to access and read any Kindle book. I’ve been using the Kindle app for years, and it works Continue reading Get $3 for Downloading the Free Kindle App
A few years ago, the big buzz was all about “Cyber Monday.” Maybe I just haven’t been paying attention, but I have not heard a single mention of Cyber Monday this year. Last year, I recall hearing “Black November” a couple of times, but not much on Cyber Monday. Looks to me that the online sellers (including Amazon) have decided that Black Friday (and its derivatives) now belong to them.
They may be right. Black Friday at local retailers lost its appeal to me several years ago, when I decided I would go to the Fry’s in Plano, TX in the wee hours of Friday morning. After surveying the situation there, Mrs. Amazopia and I decided not to factor ourselves in with the epsilon-minuses, and headed home. (See the linked story for a more graphic description of the event.)
Interestingly, there was a CompUSA that wasn’t covered over with aggressive bargain-seekers (could be related to the reasons CompUSA had gone bankrupt), so we stopped and did some shopping there — and got some substantially-discounted iMacs which we still have.
But we have never repeated the effort to participate in Black Friday locally.
There was that time we were in Dallas visiting family on Thanksgiving, and decided to go to Walmart for something — and discovered that they were about to start a Black Friday sale at 6pm on Thanksgiving day. We high-tailed it out of there, and just did without whatever it was that we intended to buy.
This year, it is expected that online shopping will outpace local shopping by a wide margin, for the first time. I don’t doubt it.
Again, this year we will be observing Black Friday by avoiding the crowds at the local retailers. Maybe getting some stuff online…
Following the announcement of Amazon’s $13.7 billion-agreement to buy Whole Foods, is the grant of a patent application filed by the e-commerce giant in 2012 called the “Physical Store Online Shopping Control,” which aims to discourage “showrooming.” Or so it would appear… Continue reading Amazon Receives Grant of “Anti-Showrooming” Patent
If you are new to Amazon, you may have noticed that little “Prime” notation, and wondered what it means.
Turns out that the selling processes used by Amazon are a little more complicated than just Continue reading What are the differences between Amazon’s seller categories?