Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Interesting development at amazon.com

If you go to amazon's home page, you'll see a letter from Jeff Bezos announcing something called Amazon Prime, a $79 yearly membership which gets you unlimited 2-day shipping on most anything you buy on amazon.

What do you think, tender nibblets of the sea? A fantastic opportunity for more immediate consumer gratification, or just another way of getting FLEECED by the man?

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't think it's ever takin much longer than that to get anything i've ordered. and at 1 or 2 items per year, i'd be getting fleeced.
-kracker

February 2, 2005 at 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dang, i should offer something like that on my sight. make me a little lunch money.
-swd

February 2, 2005 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Emptyman said...

I loves me my Amazon, but there's no way I currently spend $80 a year on shipping alone. And the whole 2-day thing is a scam, akin to "undercoating" on your new car. It's usually there in two days anyhow and is that possible one day delay ALWAYS worth an extra $5-$10?

I ordered the first Cocktail Slippers cd from this Norwegian indie label -- had to convert dollars to kroner to figure out how much it cost -- and got it in three days. (Fortunately, Norwegian for "Visa" is "Visa," and they put a picture of the CD up on the shopping cart, so I was reasonably sure I was ordering the CD and not agreeing to sponsor the band's US tour.)

February 2, 2005 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Karo said...

Says the man who obviously pays for shipping cause lord knows I ain't getting my super-saver shit in two days.

February 2, 2005 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

There's another way to look at this.

Let's say person A buys 30 things on Amazon every year with Standard Shipping (7-10 business days) @ $2.95/shipment spending a a total of $88.50 in shipping/year. Obviously, had Person A gone with the Amazon Prime, she would have saved herself $9.50 and been forever grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Prime Program AND had all of her purchases at her door in less than 3 days!! Clearly, peace of mind, courtesy of Mr. Bezos.

Mr. Bezos would then want to thank Person A for spending over $1000 at Amazon per year in the first place.

February 2, 2005 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Twink said...

Ah, if only I hadn't already bought those $79 lucite thongs...

In seriousness, I NEVER pay for Amazon shipping. I will go out of my way to order some tongs or something to bump up my purchases to $25 to get the magical super saver shipping. Of course, that means that if you expect a birthday gift from me, it will most likely be above $25.

If you want a birthday gift from me, you'd better be nice to me NOW. heh heh.

February 2, 2005 at 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he is not trying to fleece us! we are on a first-name basis! he is Sincerely, Jeff! the man is clearly my friend.
- slc

February 2, 2005 at 1:16 PM  

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