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".
with Palm Beach County in mind. [via Mockerybird.com]
Amazon as used book store?
When did this happen -- you can sell your books (or other items), through amazon. Has anyone tried this? Where do the things show up?
The redesign blitzkrieg continues: Webvan
is getting a new look, complete with light influences from Aqua and - yes - amazonesque tabs
. As an added bonus, it won't work with Macs. I'm interested to see how this plays out.
Amazon dead by Mar 19, 2001
Just thought you like to know the exact time of death of Amazon.com That's according to Downside's Deathwatch is a cash-flow analysis. The death date is simply the day the company will run out of cash, based on their reported liquid assets and loss rate. When the cash runs out, something bad for stockholders has to happen.
How important are Amazon's customer reviews?
They may be fluff at best, but here's what I found when I dug a little deeper. I shudder to think that anyone is being positively influenced by this guy.
Give It Away?
Seth Godin's book Idea Virus
is available for free on his website, but the book is ranked #973 on the Amazon.com
best-seller list (which means more than a few people are buying it anyway). Interesting...
Amazon.com keeps adding to the black hole.
Looks like Amazon.com has taken a page from the Government's "running the country" book - they keep throwing money at a black hole instead of restructuring what they already have.
Amazon.com apologizes for random price test...
Yeah, but look how long it took them to do it. "Oh, um, now that we've covered our costs for R&D we can end the test and apologize. That's the ticket!"
Barnes And Noble steps up for sloppy seconds.
After Amazon elected not to renew their agreement with Yahoo, Barnes and Noble replaced the online bookseller as Yahoo's premier advertiser for books. It is uncertain as to whether or not Yahoo and BN have had the grueling discussion regarding the number of partners they've each shared in the past, but it looks like an optimistic relationship regardless.
I have no doubts that people will get exercise from watching this workout video
, but somehow, I don't think it's going to be aerobics. Check the reviews, I didn't even know there was a genre like this. This is the weirdest thing I've ever seen at Amazon, anyone seen anything weirder?
More Amazonian sneakery
- Depending on a number of factors, among them the type of browser you are using, Amazon will charge you a different price for the same DVD. According to Amazon it's all in an effort to better serve the customer.
Does Amazon deserve my statistics?
I knew this
was coming but I was hoping that it would all turn out for the better and Amazon would come to their senses. So the question is, are Wish Lists
worth my data? Will ownership of my spending habits, phone number, address, credit card, browsing habits, and email address become the new price for using the Internet as a consumer?
Has anyone noticed an insane proliferation of smiling logos?
No, really. McDonald's
is doing it. Amazon
is doing it. People PC
All with their happy happy smiling smiling logos.
I think I'd respect a company more
, at this point, if it had a cranky, bitch-ass logo instead -- more like me when I wake up in the morning.
makes any information you give them a saleable asset. I could have sworn that I saw a link to Amazon's new policy here on MeFi, but now I can't find it. Anyway, when I saw the link my first question was how the old and new policies differed. Then a friend pointed me at this CNNfn article. Whaddy think? Gives me the creeps...
Amazon.com to offer online car-buying service.
I guess this explains why they've changed their navigation once again. A little more information
for those hungry for it. I wonder if I can 1-click a car? Will it be shipped within 24 hours? And I don't want any damn bookmark!
Amazon.com's new navigation
Opened my mailbox and lookee-here, a message from Amazon.com's Jeff Bezo's for me? Yup. Looks like he's not only trying to push every product under the sun, but also acceptance of his company's new navigation.
Read the letter to Jeff Bezos here
finally ditched the unsustainable and cluttered one-tab-per-store interface? And if so, is this how they react to their stock falling?
And you think it's bad now...
Thanks to Girlhacker
, a vision of what Amazon (no link -- that's my contribution to the boycott :-) might look like down the road a piece.
is why Jakob
dislikes tabs so much...
Why tab based interfaces suck
This site finally fell into interface hell. Originally they used tabs as navigation and still are now... BUT it doesn't work...
Watch... every ecommerce company that copied its interface will also fall into the same interface hell...
The others include ebags.com, urbanfetch and more....
Bing! Bing! Amazon moves to two rows of tabs! Interesting . . .
I've been part of dozens of conversations about what they were going to do when it *just got too wide*. The Amazonization Effect principle dictates that it will take 30-60 days before other big etailers follow suit because now it's OK to do it
Just in case I'm a test case here, I've posted the gif here
amazon.com calls for patent reform.
interesting open letter from bezos on the subject. of course, they're going to continue to use their patents as they can and see fit until the government forces them to do otherwise... (background
History lesson time.
With all the Amazon patent hubbub, I thought it'd be nice to remind people that the same thing happened in the beginning of the automobile industry. (6th paragraph)
Let's hope history repeats itself again, and a few large corporations are put in cha . . oh wait.
Tim O'reilly weighs in
on Amazon.com's patent
on one-click shopping and the movement
to boycott Amazon.
is approved for a patent on the technology behind their affiliate program. Wow, this really has the potential to shake things up a bit. Will software patents
like this destroy internet commerce?
David Eggers is encouraging McSweeney's readers
to write fake reviews
at Amazon. Some are more amusing than others, and most are variations on the same theme.