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".
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