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The original online retailer is still the best!

  • Apr 23, 2009
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Being both an avid reader and record collector I have been doing business with  since I got my very first computer back in 1997.   I have always found the product selection to be second to none, the prices to be reasonable and the service first-rate.  What's not to like?   While I still do enjoy shopping at brick and mortar stores like Borders and Barnes & Noble I find that more often than not I purchase my books and CD's from Amazon.  Even with the added cost of shipping the prices at Amazon are often better than those at the retail stores.  And let's face it.  Amazon carries just about every book, CD or DVD you would ever want.  Being a music collector I also appreciate the feature that allows you to take a look at upcoming CD releases.  This feature allows me to discover discs that I just might miss otherwise.

In addition, I find that when I am looking for some offbeat product I often ask myself  "I wonder if Amazon would have that?"  Recently, I was looking for an inexpensive knife sharpener.  Sure enough, Amazon had just the thing I was looking for at a price I was happy to pay.  This happens all the time.   Likewise, I have found that the service at is truly outstanding.  My purchases have always arrived on time and returns are quick and easy.  Jeff Bezos sure knew what he was doing when he founded back in 1994.  I can't imagine life without it.     Very highly recommended!
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May 26, 2009
You are absolutely right about Amazon, I´ve been shopping there for more than ten years now and have never had any problems. Since I live in Iceland the internet has been simply fantastic, we have good book/CD store´s here but if you have interest that are not middle of the road it can be difficult to get that special item you want so Amazon comes to the rescue. It has happened two times that the item did not arrive but no problem Amazon appologized and sent it again. I don´t think a day passes that I will not visit this great site, in fact it is my starting page on my internet browser.
April 24, 2009
Absolutely spot on - is now the best place to buy most things... if you can wait a couple of days.
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Quick Tip by . December 27, 2012
Since I live in a rural area, Amazon is an extremely convenient addition to my life as I can easily buy stuff without having to drive 12-15 miles away to buy electronics or graphic novels.  With Amazon's Prime membership, which costs $80 a year, it includes free, speedy shipping (only two days from purchase, sometimes sooner) and being able to stream some movies for free on your computer.      However, like what the mighty Madpenguin has said in his review, Amazon isn't …
Quick Tip by . September 21, 2010
As an author and independent publisher, Amazon has offered me a world market. While I am saddened by its impact on indy bookstores, and would urge people, whenever possible, to patronize their local after using Amazon for shopping around - I depend on it for global sales.
Quick Tip by . October 12, 2010
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.
review by . June 23, 2009
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 …
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.
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