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AOL can (potentially) buy out Amazon.

AOL can (potentially) buy out Amazon. Now the question is, what would the new company be called? I vote for "AOL Times Amazon."
posted by precipice on Jul 24, 2001 - 17 comments

AOL gives pre-ICU infusion to 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.
posted by ParisParamus on Jul 24, 2001 - 16 comments

Amazon

Amazon 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.
posted by dave on Jul 12, 2001 - 6 comments

Amazon Stops Free Shipping.

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?
posted by jennak on Jul 9, 2001 - 11 comments


Bezos Clash of Interests

Update on Bezos' recent clash of interests (shock, horror..) book review.. [More..]
posted by Kino on Jun 23, 2001 - 5 comments

Amazon's announces "free" shipping

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 free-shipping@amazon.com. Voice your opinion about this offering. Is it warranted?
posted by lheiskell on Jun 21, 2001 - 50 comments


Five five-star reviews on Amazon

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?
posted by swipe66 on Jun 20, 2001 - 19 comments

I know someone has posted an Amazon Purchase Circle before for Microsoft, but the one for NASA is hilarious. Introduction to Space Physics?
posted by jeb on Jun 14, 2001 - 6 comments

Yet another design rip-off.

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.
posted by jasonepowell on May 11, 2001 - 54 comments

Is this cybersquatting?

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?
posted by jpoulos on May 8, 2001 - 6 comments

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.
posted by dan_of_brainlog on May 5, 2001 - 35 comments

Is Amazon really in trouble (this time)?

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.
posted by Bootcut on Apr 17, 2001 - 0 comments

Borders outsources online sales to Amazon.com

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.
posted by Brilliantcrank on Apr 10, 2001 - 30 comments

"Uncontacted" tribe contacted in Javari region of Amazon

"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.
posted by rschram on Apr 9, 2001 - 9 comments

"eBay, the next Amazon"?

"eBay, the next Amazon"? The motley fool questions who will become the major online retail destination.
posted by bison on Apr 3, 2001 - 0 comments

JunkBusters voices concerns of Amazon's new honor pay system...

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?
posted by silusGROK on Mar 21, 2001 - 3 comments

Amazoning the news

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)
posted by owillis on Mar 20, 2001 - 5 comments

Another great amazon review hack

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.
posted by mathowie on Mar 15, 2001 - 12 comments

A new JD Salinger Book!

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.
posted by igloo on Mar 6, 2001 - 6 comments


You thought Amazon's One-Click patent

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...
posted by noom on Mar 3, 2001 - 7 comments

Ebay

Ebay gets ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US. Even our favorite Amazon.com 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.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

Amazon.com to cut 1,300 jobs.

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

"They're closed"

"They're closed" - 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....
posted by y6y6y6 on Nov 24, 2000 - 8 comments

union.amazon.com ?

union.amazon.com ? 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".
posted by owillis on Nov 16, 2000 - 8 comments

Amazon.com redesigns

Amazon.com redesigns with Palm Beach County in mind. [via Mockerybird.com]
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 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.
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 Amazon.com best-seller list (which means more than a few people are buying it anyway). Interesting...
posted by owillis on Oct 8, 2000 - 9 comments

Amazon.com keeps adding to the black hole.

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.
posted by bkdelong on Oct 3, 2000 - 2 comments

Amazon.com apologizes for random price test...

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!"
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. Express.com. 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

Amazon.com to offer online car-buying service.

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!
posted by jdiaz on Aug 23, 2000 - 1 comment

Amazon.com's nwe navigation

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.
posted by Christopher on Aug 13, 2000 - 6 comments

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