Amazon was all “primed” to start Prime Day… 3… 2… 1…
Wait, what was that??
Reports started coming in from all over the world — but mostly from the US — that people could not get to the Amazon site. Twitter was practically boiling over with complaints that folks could not connect, some reporting that they tried with several different machines and mobile devices.
The initial outage lasted Continue reading Prime Day Begins. Sort Of.
Specifically, Prime Day starts at noon Pacific time, or 3pm EDT. If you are a prime member, you have probably been deluged with email ads already. I certainly have. Surprisingly, most of Continue reading Prime Day Starts Monday
This year’s Prime Day starts at 3pm EDT (2pm CDT, 1pm MDT, noon PDT — or more descriptively, Amazon Daylight Time), and features an epic day (and a half — or 36 hours total) of awesome deals. These deals are exclusively for Prime Members, so if you don’t already have Amazon Prime, sign up now! for fast, free shipping on over Continue reading Prime Day 2018 Starts July 16th
Your phone is also a Kindle!
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…