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greatagain
02-06-2018, 11:32 PM
For some reason, people like Amazon a lot.

But isn't it nothing more than a glorified Sears catalog?

I've found prices on Amazon are more expensive than the local big box stores. It is hard to shop on Amazon. Type anything in the search box and you get 30,000,000 results. If I do manage to filter those down to the one I want, then it says 'add 5.01 for free shipping!' and I have to start the process all over again.

The concept of 'prime' is very odd to me. I have heard that when Amazon raises the membership fee, sales actually go up because people want to get 'their money's worth' for having had paid the fee and therefore they order more.

What is also odd to me is this voice ordering system in which you just tell it to order 'cheerios' and it will automatically do it. But are you even comparing prices then by just telling a machine to order it for you?

Internet shopping just isn't for me. I am always being sent the wrong item or it comes and the color or size is different than what the picture showed. Even harder is the hassle in coordinating with delivery drivers because they are always in such a mad rush and come at odd times. Also, I want to add then whenever I order a lot online (to get free shipping or something) the items always end up being sent from different parts of the country. So, one order becomes three orders all delivered at different times. Returning something is hard and so is trying to reach a live person to fix a problem.

I've also read many stories about how warehouses that ship internet orders have very harsh work conditions.

I don't understand how Amazon has such a positive image.

SaintLouieWoman
02-07-2018, 02:17 AM
I don't use Amazon. But then I don't use Facebook, as I value my privacy and my time, don't want to get addicted to the stupid phone. There's a reason I don't use Amazon. Maybe I hold a grudge for too long, as I never forgave them for the tough time I had with my laptop about 4 years ago.

The screen broke fairly shortly after we bought it. Amazon would do nothing, even though we used an Amazon credit card to buy it. I'm very persistent, but they wouldn't budge. So we paid the almost $200 for the new screen. I put my Amazon credit card through the shredder as I promised I'd do. Amazon could care less.

Zathras
02-07-2018, 03:39 AM
I like it. I do a little bit of shopping on it but the real reason I have it is for this....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W59c5w_3eCM

FlaGator
02-07-2018, 06:40 AM
I like it. I'm a prime member and I access their music selections and ebooks. I also order from them a bit. With prime, I get 2-day shipping on most items they have in the warehouses. I have no complaints.

cadillac shark
02-07-2018, 07:30 AM
I'm neutral to it. I can't think of anything I would specifically buy on it. Maybe a drone kit. Someone gave me an Amazon Fire for Christmas, but I haven't accessed it yet because it says it can't detect a wireless signal. Even though my house has been wireless for years.

I'm more of a brick & mortar person. Know what I want. Go there and get it.

SarasotaRepub
02-07-2018, 10:08 AM
I'm a Prime member but only till the free
trial runs out, heh! I don't buy enough stuff
that required shipping to make it worth the
member fee.

But I do buy eBooks from them and have
no complaints. I also still have the original
Kindle I bought from them. It's still working
but the batteries are going and it will need
replacing in the near future.

noonwitch
02-07-2018, 10:14 AM
I like it. You can find almost any book or music you want, and then some.

I miss Borders and I still love the huge used bookstore in downtown Detroit (John King Books-worth a stop if you are ever in Detroit), but you can get anything on Amazon.

Retread
02-07-2018, 11:47 AM
I like it. I'm a prime member and I access their music selections and ebooks. I also order from them a bit. With prime, I get 2-day shipping on most items they have in the warehouses. I have no complaints.

SR: get the kindle app for your phone, iPad, PC etc and don’t spend for a new device. My original kindle has been on the shelf for years. The only reason I keep it is it has books stored on it that would cost considerable to replace.

The “free two day shipping” was really slipping there for a while but since we got a shipping center or two local it’s better now.

Finding the right thing needs as complete a description as you can give. Rather than ‘laptop’ you ask for ‘dell laptop 13” touch screen lighted keyboard” - if you don’t have that understanding of your wants it can take a looonnngggg time to winnow the options down.

I’ve gotten to buying groceries there that my locals stores have stopped carrying. Buy furnace filters in 6-packs, spicy momma mustard the same, refrigerator filters, etc. As for price, it’s worth a little extra to save the gas, wear and tear on the vehicles and to avoid having to deal with the idiots who think they know how to drive.

FlaGator
02-07-2018, 12:45 PM
SR: get the kindle app for your phone, iPad, PC etc and don’t spend for a new device. My original kindle has been on the shelf for years. The only reason I keep it is it has books stored on it that would cost considerable to replace.

The “free two day shipping” was really slipping there for a while but since we got a shipping center or two local it’s better now.

Finding the right thing needs as complete a description as you can give. Rather than ‘laptop’ you ask for ‘dell laptop 13” touch screen lighted keyboard” - if you don’t have that understanding of your wants it can take a looonnngggg time to winnow the options down.

I’ve gotten to buying groceries there that my locals stores have stopped carrying. Buy furnace filters in 6-packs, spicy momma mustard the same, refrigerator filters, etc. As for price, it’s worth a little extra to save the gas, wear and tear on the vehicles and to avoid having to deal with the idiots who think they know how to drive.

Exactly. I have the Kindle app on all my devices so that I can get to my current book(s) anywhere I am. Same for Amazon Music.

Old n Grumpy
02-07-2018, 05:52 PM
I use it occasionally, but you need to watch pricing. I started using Walmart and like it better than Amazon.

Retread
02-08-2018, 12:46 AM
I use it occasionally, but you need to watch pricing. I started using Walmart and like it better than Amazon.

On some products I go for Walmart and others Best Buy. I've gotten into Bed. Bath and beyond as well for a dish collection my significant other* has been building in for some time.



*married 55 years next June.

Rockntractor
02-09-2018, 09:32 PM
I wish I didn't like Amazon with all the leftist political views that Bezos supports.
I live a 45 minute drive from most stores, if I have to go to town for hardware or parts I blow 5 to 10 dollars in gas and at least 3 hours. I can order almost anything I need from Amazon and have it delivered in 2 days or less.
Since Amazons started attacks on Trump I have cut my dealings with them about 75%, I use Jet more and more all the time, they are owned by Walmart.

Retread
02-09-2018, 10:15 PM
Never looked at Jet but always intended to. Maybe later tonight.

Rockntractor
02-09-2018, 10:17 PM
Never looked at Jet but always intended to. Maybe later tonight.
the first order is 20% off

NJCardFan
02-10-2018, 07:48 AM
I use it quite a bit. It's convenient and they usually have what I need. I also remember when they had brick and mortar stores.

Banacek
02-10-2018, 06:36 PM
I wish I didn't like Amazon with all the leftist political views that Bezos supports.
I live a 45 minute drive from most stores, if I have to go to town for hardware or parts I blow 5 to 10 dollars in gas and at least 3 hours. I can order almost anything I need from Amazon and have it delivered in 2 days or less.
Since Amazons started attacks on Trump I have cut my dealings with them about 75%, I use Jet more and more all the time, they are owned by Walmart.

My usage is similar to Rock's.

Sometimes you need a real brick and mortar store if you aren't sure exactly what you need especially a hardware store. Also if you need something immediately for a repair or to finish a product.

I have a little folder in favorites for amazon pages links and try to get free shipping.

I have never heard of Jet Rock I'll take a look, Thanks for the info

old dog
02-11-2018, 11:33 AM
Yes, I love Amazon and Amazon Prime.

1. You can find almost anything.

2. I do price checking. Most of the time the difference is trivial when you factor in shipping; many times cheaper.

3. Brick and Mortar stores charge sales tax, most Amazon sales do not.

4. If you live 'in the middle of nowhere', like I do, you can burn a full tank of gas to get to a brick and mortar store and spend a whole day doing it.

5. My daughter lives in NYC, brick and mortar stores in Manhattan are disappearing. High rent and competition from......Amazon.

6. Thousands of crappy TV series and movies and a few good ones; no extra charge.

7. Reward points if you use their card to pay.

Ole Cowboy
02-11-2018, 02:40 PM
I buy on occasion, when I can find it nowhere else and need it. The prices are RARELY the cheapest, but I access them often to use their price as a gage of what to pay at the most.


That said Jeff Bezos founder and CEO is only worth $120 BILLION. He, Zukerman of Facebook and about 20+ others whose total wealth worth is in excess of the annual revenues of the Federal Govt ($4T) are extreme far left socialists who strongly believe in Distribution of wealth (except theirs) and socialism thru the Universal Basic Income (UBI). These kids are DANGEROUS to America and everything we hold as the American way. They are the REAL Fascists we need to worry about.

FourWinds
02-11-2018, 03:28 PM
Not at the moment I don't. Purchased a new mattress and it was supposed to be here Friday. Now it's saying Tuesday.