Monday, August 20, 2012

In Which I Discover That Amazon Marketing Knows What It's Doing

I signed up for a free trial of Amazon Prime about a week ago. I'd been wondering for ages whether it might just possibly be worth it financially, given the number of times I've talked myself into adding just one more thing to my order to get the free shipping, but $79 seemed pretty steep, especially considering that I'm usually not in a great hurry to get stuff. But I was placing a good-sized order that would have been nice to get quickly, and I found myself thinking, well, hey, free trial, why not? Yeah, well, I'll tell you why not. Being able to order anything you want instantly and have it delivered your doorstep two days later for free is insanely addictive. I'm wondering if I should cancel it at the end of the trial period just for my own safety.

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  1. There's a rumor that Amazon is currently working on same-day delivery.

    We are all so very doomed.

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    1. Oh, god. So very, very doomed. (Especially those of us who live an hour's drive from the nearest shopping mall and can thus totally justify spending money on that sort of thing.)

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  2. I've found that if you order at least once a month from Amazon then Prime is worth it - though I was having strange problems with the free shipping, it got to where I suspected they were doing it deliberately to force me into using regular shipping.

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    1. That's a slightly disturbing suspicion. Possibly a little paranoid, but I'm not sure I'd entirely put it past 'em.

      I've already reached the point where I can totally see it paying for itself. The problem is it also seems to make it way easier to impulsively buy shit I don't need. (Not that I don't need all those DVDs I just bought. No, I needed those desperately. :))

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  3. I've had Prime for a while and it's invaluable around holiday time.

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    1. Yeah, I can see how it could be very useful come the holidays.

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  4. I think these people work for Amazon and are trying to talk you into it!

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