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Addicted to Amazon

  • May 18, 2009
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I admit it, I have a problem...I'm addicted to Amazon.com.  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 every item has been reviewed on Amazon, most of them have.  You can get an idea of how good the item is from other customers & after you receive the item, write your own review.  That's how I started writing reviews. 

It has a program that recommends items to you based on things you've purchased & rated.  You can also set up any number of wish lists to keep track of items you're interested in.  I have wish lists for books, movies, music, clothes, plants, & several other categories (& even subcategories).  

They have community forums available for every item, so that you can discuss them with other members.  There are the fun features Listmania & So You'd Like To Guide.  Listmania lets you compile a list of items that are related to each other (or not) & write a brief commentary on the items in the list.  It helps people find items they might be interested in.  The So You'd Like To Guide is also a list of items but requires a more detailed commentary. 

This is always the first place I look when I'm interested in something & more often than not I end up buying it through Amazon.  It sure beats getting in the car & driving 20-30 miles to the nearest Borders or Best Buy. 

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May 22, 2009
Something you may not be aware of about Amazon is that alot of authors read the reviews on Amazon. I am constantly asked by authors to review their books based on reviews they have read on Amazon. As a result, I haven't bought a book in a few years and I get way more books than I can read at any time. My wife is constantly on my case about the piles of unread books in our house.
May 22, 2009
Yes, I actually have an advance reading copy waiting for me right now. It's been sitting on my shelf for about a month. Maybe I'll get to it this weekend...
May 22, 2009
Amazon is very good (for me it is mostly amazon.de or amazon.co.uk) for the very reasons you state. I like to buy used books on amazon - my experiences are much better than with ebay and similar to places like abebooks. If you like books and book buying you might have a look at librarything.com - a good place for organizing your books and talking about them with loads of very good and refined book reviews. My place there is www.librarything.com/catalog/cnrenner. All these places seduce into buying too many books and things, though :-) Kind regards!
May 22, 2009
I really don't need any more temptation than I already have but I will definitely have a look. Vielen Dank!
May 19, 2009
I agree wholeheartedly with you. In fact, I've often had better luck finding stuff here than on ebay.com or virtually any other website. Very funny & entertaining review. Thumbs up!
May 19, 2009
Yup, I just found a battery charger for my camera for about $15 less than anywhere else. Free shipping, too! Thanks!
May 19, 2009
No problem. I always check there first before going anywhere else. I've literally saved hundreds of dollars over the past so many years.
May 19, 2009
Same here...of course I've bought a lot of things that I didn't really need, which counters all that savings.
May 19, 2009
That's always the case I'm afraid. It's no different that way from ebay.com because I used to spend countless hours searching for auctions on things that I really didn't need but perhaps thought I wanted.
May 19, 2009
Yes, and it's easy to justify because it's so cheap.
May 19, 2009
So true! And now when I'm not on Amazon.com, I'm on Lunch.com. Help me! Great review.
May 19, 2009
LOL, me too! Thanks.
May 18, 2009
I used to love amazon and I spent almost all my time there and I still go back there a lot because they have a much bigger movie community than they do here at Lunch--and I'm a movie fan first and foremost. The one thing that is annoying about ammie is the way they started playing games with the voting system. I never cared how I was "ranked" or anything, but I liked getting votes from the people who read my reviews. It meant a lot to me.
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Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQAMZN) is a US-based multinational electronic commerce company. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, it is America's largest online retailer, with nearly three times the Internet sales revenue of the runner up, Staples, Inc., as of January 2010.

Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com, Inc. in 1994 and launched it online in 1995. The company was originally named Cadabra, Inc., but the name was changed when it was discovered that people sometimes heard the name as "Cadaver." The name Amazon.com was chosen because the Amazon River is the largest river in the world, and so the name suggests large size, and also in part because it starts with 'A' and therefore would show up near the beginning of alphabetical lists. Amazon.com started as an online bookstore, but soon diversified, selling DVDs, CDs, MP3 downloads, computer software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, and toys. Amazon has established separate websites in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, and China. It also provides international shipping to certain countries for some of its products.

In 2010, Amazon's decision to remove Wikileaks from their servers resulted in numerous calls to boycott the company, with many people particularly incensed that Amazon then went on to sell copies of the Wikileaks material, despite using this material as its reason for removing Wikileaks
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