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Ebay gets ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US. Even our favorite book gets a dose!
posted by ignu on Feb 22, 2001 - 17 comments

Amazon can't patent 1-Click after all

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.
posted by briank on Feb 15, 2001 - 7 comments

Amazon expands again.

Amazon expands again. Does anyone know a reason (other than accesibility to high bandwidth connections) that this wasn't implemented months ago?
posted by tdstone on Feb 12, 2001 - 6 comments


Amazon.Pay? Amazon has a system to allow site owners and sellers of digital content to get paid....
posted by owillis on Feb 5, 2001 - 76 comments to cut 1,300 jobs. to cut 1,300 jobs. Is this the beginning of sustainability for Amazon? Or is it the beginning of the end?
posted by tranquileye on Jan 30, 2001 - 11 comments

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.
posted by gluechunk on Jan 30, 2001 - 5 comments

"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
posted by endquote on Jan 24, 2001 - 6 comments

The Grinch who stole eBay?

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...
posted by baylink on Dec 8, 2000 - 8 comments

More Pseudo-Amazon Layout Fun

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 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.
posted by Hankins on Dec 3, 2000 - 12 comments

"They're closed"

"They're closed" - After seeing millions of dollars worth of commercials for 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....
posted by y6y6y6 on Nov 24, 2000 - 8 comments ? ? Customer service reps at are trying to form a union. Amazon says "We don't have unions at Amazon and don't really need them".
posted by owillis on Nov 16, 2000 - 8 comments redesigns redesigns with Palm Beach County in mind. [via]
posted by rlef98 on Nov 11, 2000 - 10 comments

Amazon as used book store?

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?
posted by bison on Nov 3, 2000 - 5 comments

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.
posted by hijinx on Oct 31, 2000 - 8 comments

Amazon dead by Mar 19, 2001

Amazon dead by Mar 19, 2001 Just thought you like to know the exact time of death of 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.
posted by lagado on Oct 23, 2000 - 31 comments

How important are Amazon's customer reviews?

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.
posted by ethmar on Oct 11, 2000 - 14 comments

Give It Away?

Give It Away? Seth Godin's book Idea Virus is available for free on his website, but the book is ranked #973 on the best-seller list (which means more than a few people are buying it anyway). Interesting...
posted by owillis on Oct 8, 2000 - 9 comments keeps adding to the black hole. keeps adding to the black hole. Looks like 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.
posted by bkdelong on Oct 3, 2000 - 2 comments apologizes for random price test... 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!"
posted by silusGROK on Sep 28, 2000 - 4 comments

The Cow Parade

The Cow Parade cows are being auctioned off starting today. Tomorrow you can bid on them on Amazon.
posted by tamim on Sep 28, 2000 - 1 comment

Forget Amazon. Screw Ebay. Ditch Half.

Forget Amazon. Screw Ebay. Ditch Half.
posted by Brilliantcrank on Sep 27, 2000 - 0 comments

Barnes And Noble steps up for sloppy seconds.

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.
posted by Hankins on Sep 20, 2000 - 4 comments

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?
posted by mathowie on Sep 16, 2000 - 13 comments

More Amazonian sneakery

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.
posted by Nyarlathotep on Sep 6, 2000 - 16 comments

Does Amazon deserve my statistics?

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?
posted by Brilliantcrank on Sep 5, 2000 - 3 comments

Has anyone noticed an insane proliferation of smiling logos?

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. Anyone else?
posted by metrocake on Sep 4, 2000 - 20 comments

Amazon's new privacy policy

Amazon's new privacy policy 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...
posted by silusGROK on Sep 4, 2000 - 4 comments

"He recalls his early, naive acceptance and even admiration of Hitler..."

"He recalls his early, naive acceptance and even admiration of Hitler..."
A rather interesting perspective of that time from a man about growing up Black in Nazi Germany.
posted by tamim on Aug 25, 2000 - 0 comments to offer online car-buying service. 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!
posted by jdiaz on Aug 23, 2000 - 1 comment's nwe navigation's new navigation Opened my mailbox and lookee-here, a message from'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.
posted by Christopher on Aug 13, 2000 - 6 comments

Network Solutions has denied's request for the renewal of their domain.

Read the letter to Jeff Bezos here.
posted by DragonBoy on Aug 8, 2000 - 5 comments

Has finally ditched the unsustainable and cluttered one-tab-per-store interface? And if so, is this how they react to their stock falling?
posted by tranquileye on Jun 30, 2000 - 12 comments

amazon patents personalized recommendations.

amazon patents personalized recommendations. here we go again...
posted by mmanning on May 31, 2000 - 8 comments

And you think it's bad now...

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.

Maybe this is why Jakob dislikes tabs so much...

-- jra
posted by baylink on Apr 9, 2000 - 0 comments

Why tab based interfaces suck

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, urbanfetch and more....
posted by efader on Apr 8, 2000 - 8 comments

Bing! Bing! Amazon moves to two rows of tabs!

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.
posted by sylloge on Apr 5, 2000 - 20 comments calls for patent reform. 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)
posted by mmanning on Mar 9, 2000 - 0 comments

History lesson time.

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.
posted by alan on Mar 6, 2000 - 2 comments

Tim O'reilly weighs in

Tim O'reilly weighs in on's patent on one-click shopping and the movement to boycott Amazon.
posted by Mick on Mar 3, 2000 - 5 comments


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?
posted by webshaping on Feb 27, 2000 - 3 comments

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.
posted by luke on Feb 19, 2000 - 1 comment

The design team over at needs to up their medication.

The design team over at needs to up their medication. What was once the most tabbed-interface on the web, but still quite useful, is now a raging mess of yahoo-category-style links that are all the same color. This reminds me of the altavista redesign a few months back. I wonder if they'll lose some customers on this one.
posted by mathowie on Feb 2, 2000 - 10 comments

Apple mergers with

Apple mergers with Well not really but why is everyone copying the tab based interface... it is ugly, not expandable and assumes the end user is a complete moron.
posted by efader on Jan 22, 2000 - 0 comments

I've liked most of the things Douglas Coupland has written and although this interview at amazon about his upcoming book sounds like he's giving most of the book's plot away, I'll still pick up a copy. I wish amazon would put warnings up saying 'spoilers ahead' on links such as that interview.
posted by mathowie on Dec 19, 1999 - 1 comment

What to get the 4-8 year old Linux hacker that has everything? How about this book?
posted by mathowie on Dec 18, 1999 - 0 comments

If you've been following the etoy/etoys fiasco,

If you've been following the etoy/etoys fiasco, you should find this link to etoys' customer feedback useful. Let etoys have it. I'm voting with my dollars, by boycotting etoys and buying my toys from Amazon.
posted by mathowie on Dec 4, 1999 - 1 comment

As I was reading about this product at Amazon,

As I was reading about this product at Amazon, I noticed they now let people 'score' the reviews. Will highly regarded reviews float to the top? That would make the products with 40+ reviews a lot more useful. Since Amazon patented one-click ordering and even sued Barnes and Noble over it, does this mean Slashdot should come after Amazon for adopting their moderation ideas?
posted by mathowie on Nov 21, 1999 - 0 comments

Wow, check Amazon's new holiday look. They've added even more new product lines (home improvement, software, and video games). How many folder tabs can they stuff into that navigation bar?
posted by mathowie on Nov 11, 1999 - 1 comment looks like they're doing the same thing that Bizrate is doing: rating the dotcommerce companies. It seems like a lot of companies have been copying the Amazon interface, now I see why. In the 'Ease of Use' category, Amazon is number one in books, toys, and music (they would have swept all their categories but Borders won for Video).
posted by mathowie on Oct 29, 1999 - 0 comments

Wow, never pay more than necessary for anything!

Wow, never pay more than necessary for anything! This is a nutty little app, it automatically queries dozens of ecommerce sites while you surf. The downside is someone might be convinced to buy a book after reading several reviews at Amazon, but their RUSure app would tell them that it's 2 bucks cheaper at, so they'd get it there. Before a shopper had to do this deliberately, now it's done automatically. This app could be as big as ICQ, since the founders of both companies are family.
posted by mathowie on Oct 19, 1999 - 0 comments

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