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  • Jun 23, 2009
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I've been a customer of Amazon's since it opened, and over the last decade it's incredible to see how they've developed. What started as a simple but well-built online bookstore has emerged as the premier destination for practically everything imaginable, yet they've retained the ease-of-use, developed customer communities and practically invented the concept of online consumer reviews.
I realize now that I spent over $2,500 last year on, which doesn't sound like much but covers several hundred purchases. It's unusual for me to check the mail and not have an Amazon box waiting. I then resell books I've read on their Marketplace system (note: their selling fees are outrageous), and keep my mail man busy with a constant ebb and flow of boxes. The only time I ever had to return a defective product (a kitchen blender), the returns process couldn't have been easier - in about 5 clicks, I had a return mail voucher in my hand and scheduled a pickup from their carrier. I'd always worried about returns, but it's actually easier than going back to a store.

For full disclosure, they selected me for their Vine Program earlier this year, so I receive about 4 free products a month on the basis that I provide balanced and detailed reviews. This is, of course, the ultimate perk - but it's an effective way of getting a body of reviews prior to a product's release, and none of the Vine members I've seen are swayed by the free factor (actually, in many cases, they're harder on the products). Maybe could have a similar program one day. :-)

Outside of their retail business, even their elastic computing platform, Amazon EC2, works amazingly well. It's fascinating that they chose to open their infrastructure, thereby essentially creating the "cloud computing" model long before everyone else appeared. I've used EC2 in several projects, together with their payments platform and been very impressed (and so have my clients, hurray). One of these days, I'm going to buy a Kindle, but for everything else Amazon is a joy to use. I couldn't be happier.

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June 24, 2009
I am a big fan of as well! I order most of my Blu-rays from them.  I also wanted to let you know that you can now post you reviews to great sites like Twitter and Facebook using the Share box at the top of your review!
June 24, 2009
Thanks for the info!
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Quick Tip by . September 21, 2010
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Best e-shopping site oin the Internet in my opionion!
Quick Tip by . August 03, 2010
Although not highly advertised, one of my favorite Amazon features are the "So You Want To" guides.
review by . May 18, 2009
I admit it, I have a problem...I'm addicted to  If I'm on my computer, 95% of the time, I'm looking at Amazon, or if I'm not looking at Amazon, I just finished.  I started with books.  I've purchased dozens of books through Amazon.  They have a mind-boggling selection & you can get them for much, much less than at a regular book store (even with shipping costs included).      Another great aspect is the customer reviews.  While not …
review by . July 03, 2009
It's admirable to see that so many people love  I really enjoy the place.  I showed up to Amazon in September of 2000.  My first review was of a strategy guide.  It's still there.  The horrible paragraph of a review... the type of review I'd later come to hate.  I didn't actually make my first transaction from Amazon until about 2006.  Plenty here have commented on how Amazon is a great place to shop.  And I won't fault them.  It …
Quick Tip by . June 08, 2010
The 800 pound gorilla in book sales.
Quick Tip by . February 01, 2010
Great prices, selection, & shipping, but its members are generally disagreeable, and Amazon does not seem to censor any submitted reviews.
Quick Tip by . November 11, 2009
My favorite online place to shop but their review rating system sucks. I find stuff here all the time that I can't live without.
review by . August 20, 2009
i also like to shop on Amazon but I only look for stuff I need. But Woot is different. There i buy stuff i didn't know I needed. So i check every day. Most of the offerings are not for me but there are some amazing deals. I just wish they would do away with the goofy BS and go right to the product description.
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