Want to be the first kid on the block to own a Segway?
Amazon and Dean Kamen are auctioning off three of them. All proceeds go to Dean's non-profit organization, FIRST
Ask and you shall receive.
Move over, Amazon Honor System! Now you can sign up for a one-click service that lets visitors to your Web site donate something you'll really
appreciate: oral sex. Best of all, they don't keep a percentage of your donations like Amazon and PayPal do.
Fake profits are causing the stock market to descend. Could someone explain to me the meaningful difference between Enron and Amazon.com?
One company recently reported fake profits of $5 million, while having billions in debt. Enron, well...no profits either, and billions in debt. So why is Amazon.com considered "promising"? Enron had a revenue stream too.... Prediction: Amazon.com's stock will be "revalued" sharply lower as people get lucid about real profits and as the accounting/profit scandals spread.
The Brand Called You:
Amazon lists the author of Cascading Style Sheets 2.0 Programmer's Reference
as “Eric A. Cascading Style Sheets Meyer”
Whatever Next? Amazon Makes A Profit!
Having lost $3 billion so far, Amazon Books has just posted its first-ever profit of $5 million. Perhaps it was thanks to the new machines
they bought to replace more workers.(this last link req. NYT reg.
) How would you
spend it if you were Jeff Bezos? And what does it mean: has the tide turned or not?
For the Amazon obsessed author or others interested in Amazon rankings
When Amazon said it was going to diversify, who knew that they meant vibrators!
They've done so well establishing themselves as THE place to go when looking for books online. Why is it that they think that they have to sell XXX stuff to finally turn a profit?
Is it really impossible to make money on an eCommerce site without delving into the world of Adult accessories? I'm not judging, I'm just asking.
Just in case you need more information than the Internet Movie Database
provides, there's now a subscription version with advanced features like STARmeter and MOVIEmaker (billed as proprietary algorithms). Is Amazon about to take on Variety
? Or is IMDB not selling enough videos with the click throughs?
The latest Holt Uncensored is a review of online book stores from various regions of the U.S., including Boulder Bookstore
, with its "invaluable subsites," YogaSight.com and BuddhaSight.com, Square Books
where "You'll feel almost set down in the hot and leafy Courthouse Square of Oxford, Mississippi," Amazon Bookstore Cooperative
("not *that* Amazon [but] the oldest independent feminist bookstore in North America" (in Minneapolis) - and a dozen more. Do you have a favorite that was left out?
With Amazon now
selling magazines it became slightly easier to buy them. They also can be the gift that keeps on giving. What's everyone's favorite magazine(s)
, and why?
Got your own Web site? Got an Amazon wishlist? If the answer to both of these is yes, and you like the idea of giving and receiving, you should definitely sign up.
Amazon screws up bag promotion.
Amazon messes up a 'Buy this camera and get that bag free" promotion to be "Buy this bag and get that camera free." As a result you can get a $350 Minolta Maxxum SLR for $40. We'll see how long this lasts. I know that when the airlines made this mistake, they had to honor it.
Modern Humorist's "Rough Draft: Pop Culture the Way it Almost Was" is finally available.
A few samples are here
. And while I like the Modern Humorist
and enjoyed their first book
I'm partial to The Onion's "Our Dumb Century"
as the funniest.book.ever. As I brace for the sarcastic responses, what do you
think is the funniest book ever written?
Amazon's new Look Inside feature
allows you to see images of selected pages and excerpts from books. Now if only they could get that latte to flow through the cat-5...
Dark is Rising (Amazon link) by Susan Cooper.
This book, about an 11 year old boy, was given to me by my oldest sister when I turned 11. Now that I have kids of my own, I look forward to passing this book on to my son when he turns 11. Any other age-appropriate books that stand out in your mind, particularly if given when you were the age of the lead character?
added a new tab to it's menubar. And it's got MY name on it!
Amazon's Red Cross donation page
as pointed to by arielmeadow in the big thread. This deserves front page treatment.
Read what Newt does.
Or not. Newt Gingrich offers his book reviews
on Amazon. Who knows, maybe he is saving up his associates fees for a barbecue grill
Environmentally Correct Dance Party Set for Amazon.
"Brazil's lush Amazon rain forest may be best known for its isolated Indian tribes and abundant wildlife, but local officials hope it will soon be a hotbed of techno music ... [the] four-day 'rave' that is expected to lure tens of thousands of clubbers from around the world to all-night 'environmentally correct' dance parties." Can any one give me a ride?
AOL can (potentially) buy out Amazon.
Now the question is, what would the new company be called? I vote for "AOL Times Amazon."
AOL gives pre-ICU infusion to Amazon.
Jeff, baby. It's over. Your place as an e-commerce pioneer is secure, but face it, selling mass-market atoms on the Web was never going to work.
is essentially going against the will of the MPAA by offering
(followed the link from the Thirteen Days
dvd) information regarding a work around to RCE (which prevents Region 1 dvd's from being played on region free dvd players). It's funny how the MPAA has taken 2600
to court because they posted links to DeCSS but they haven't made any moves against Amazon. CSS isn't protection against copying, it's really just used to prevent
people from importing dvd's.
Amazon Stops Free Shipping.
After only 2 weeks, Amazon.com stops free shipping for orders with two or more items. (At least they rememberd to lower the prices they raised in order to be financially able to offer this promotion.)
Amazon stopped their free shipping promotion right as Barnes and Noble's website offered a similar offer. Is Amazon going to be able to compete with B&N? Is the end near for Amazon? Or is Amazon sufficiently love-marked enough to withstand shipping costs?
Update on Bezos' recent clash of interests (shock, horror..) book review
Amazon's announces "free" shipping
I have been shopping on Amazon for over 3 years. When I buy books, music and DVDs, I buy on average $80 worth of entertainment. Today I received a order of 10 books. I used the "Wait until order is ready" service because I preordered Neil Gaiman's new book. The total for my books was $123.26 with shipping of $13.39 making
the grand total $136.65.
I was shopping Amazon tonight and saw their new free shipping notice. My first though was great! Then when I went to look for some books, I noticed the 20% off prices were no more. Now they are full price or 10%. I searched around and found the total for the books I just purchased using your new pricing. The grand total of my order would now
be $147.91 with free shipping. An increase of $11.26 or 8 percent.
I am a fan of Amazon but not a fan of their thinly veiled attempt to raise prices using the bait-and-switch approach taken from offline stores. Nothing is ever 'free.' I know Amazon wants to be profitable by Q4, but this pricing is too aggressive. The email for feedback is firstname.lastname@example.org. Voice your opinion about this offering. Is it warranted?
Five five-star reviews on Amazon
for G. Bruce Knecht’s The Proving Ground
, about the tragic 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race. Of coarse it helps if you're a personal friend of Jeff Bezos
. Does anyone seriously believe Jeff Bezos's review was honestly rated "18 out of 18 - helpful" by customers?
I know someone has posted an Amazon Purchase Circle
before for Microsoft
, but the one for NASA
is hilarious. Introduction to Space Physics
Yet another design rip-off.
This really bugs me. I have no problem with sites stealing layout and code, but actual graphics should be a no-no.
Is this cybersquatting?
While researching a new car, I decided to check out the research guide at Edmunds.com
. When I misspelled the name, I found that edmonds.com
is basically a mirror for Amazon.com, which happens to sell cars
. Is that kosher?
I need your help in figuring out why I saw two
pop-up windows when visiting Amazon.com
several times in the past week: the usual one for Amazon's most recent promotion, and one for one of their competitors
. If you see a DealTime
pop-up ad while visiting Amazon.com, please help me figure out how it got there. I think something insideous might be going on, but I'm having difficulty re-acquiring the pop-up.
Please see more details inside if you're interested, otherwise you can ignore this. I'll post the results under a separate thread if they're interesting.
Is Amazon really in trouble (this time)?
Or are discussions like this the same story? Either way, Jeff B. is courting the media and the media sounds a little... bored.
Borders outsources online sales to Amazon.com
The alliance, scheduled to be announced at a press conference in New York, is expected to involve Amazon effectively taking over the online operations of Borders, according to people familiar with the matter. Borders is expected to effectively exit from the online book-selling business, these people said. Further terms of the alliance couldn’t be learned, though Amazon is expected to receive promotion from Borders through its chain of off-line book stores.
"Uncontacted" tribe contacted in Javari region of Amazon
A team of Brazilian anthropologists has made contact with a group of indigenous people in the Amazon region. They had initially only wanted to learn about uncontacted groups indirectly, but chose to seek out this group to make sure they weren't being exploited by a neighboring group.
"eBay, the next Amazon"?
The motley fool questions who will become the
major online retail destination.
JunkBusters voices concerns of Amazon's new honor pay system...
an interesting link for all of us here, as we've noticed a proliferation of blogs/personal sites (including MeFi) using the system. Do you want Amazon to know you're a MetaFillistine? Comments?
Amazoning the news
It seems weird at first, but maybe I would want to see the news this way
... Anyone want to do it? (via nublog
Another great amazon review hack
is up, arguing about the character of "Indiana" in its state law books. It's not the first time (the story of ping
and reviews of a CD rack come to mind), but for me, writing like this never gets old.
A new JD Salinger Book!
Just caught this on Amazon the other day. I haven't really heard anything about it, but it's worth a pre-order
at the least. Here's some other information
I've found. Along with the supposed introduction to the book...
I will write for us both, I believe, as Buddy is engaged elsewhere for an indefinite period of time. Surely sixty to eighty per cent of the time, to my eternal amusement and sorrow, that magnificent, elusive, comical lad is engaged elsewhere! As you must know in your hearts and bowels, we miss you all like sheer hell. Unfortunately, I am far from above hoping the case is vice versa.
You thought Amazon's One-Click patent
and following legal battle was bad... Have you had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich lately
? You did not cut off the crusts and crimp the edges together, now did you? If so, you just have infringed on U.S. Patent 6,004,596
(currently owned by 'surprise' Smucker
From the patent: "The upper and lower fillings are preferably comprised of peanut butter and the center filling is comprised of at least jelly. The center filling is prevented from radiating outwardly into and through the bread portions from the surrounding peanut butter. "
Michigan's Albie Foods just sued to have the patent removed. Let's hope they win, or pbjs soon may become an act of civil disobedience...
gets ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US. Even our favorite Amazon.com book
gets a dose!
Amazon can't patent 1-Click after all
Finally somebody realizes the obvious; now if they can get BT to give up on patenting hyperlinks we can all go back to enjoying the Internet.
Amazon expands again.
Does anyone know a reason (other than accesibility to high bandwidth connections) that this wasn't implemented months ago?
Amazon has a system to allow site owners and sellers of digital content to get paid....
Amazon.com to cut 1,300 jobs.
Is this the beginning of sustainability for Amazon? Or is it the beginning of the end?
A short film
by an ex-Amazon employee who snuck into the main building....something for some of us to watch while awaiting more layoff news
"IT," also known as "Ginger," has not yet been released by its inventor, but we'll be glad to notify you by e-mail
when we actually know what IT is and if IT will be available for purchase from Amazon.com.
The Grinch who stole eBay?
Here's a weird one; help cheerfully accepted. The link is to a search on eBay for Novatel Minstrel's; I decided I wanted to buy one. Everywhere I run the search from, I get substantially different results. Like, 2 answers vs 12.
I'd be interested to know if other people who hit the link see similar behavior... This smells weird... kinda like the Amazon differential pricing think, but I can't see a reason why...
More Pseudo-Amazon Layout Fun
It used to amaze me that people have entire careers based on ripping off others. Now it's just standard (I apologize for the thousandth post of an amazon.com tabs
comment). The site actually looks like the old Amazon interface hooked up with the current Altavista
site, and created some bizarre, overly-influenced mélange.
- After seeing millions of dollars worth of commercials for Amazon.com where they make fun of brick and mortar stores for closing at night, I go to their site today and find...... They're closed. Here's a screen shot
in case they open today. Sure, sites go down, but the wording seems a little odd considering....
Customer service reps at Amazon.com are trying to form a union. Amazon says "We don't have unions at Amazon and don't really need them".