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2012-07-13 02:34:21 AM

Ass_Master_Flash: Answered my own question! see #3.


It's also mentioned in TFA.

I'm eating food I got same-day delivered from Amazon Fresh, so getting a kick... and sounding fat.
 
2012-07-13 02:35:18 AM

bighoss: Solidus


Liquidus
 
2012-07-13 02:36:49 AM

LordOfThePings: Ass_Master_Flash: Answered my own question! see #3.

It's also mentioned in TFA.

I'm eating food I got same-day delivered from Amazon Fresh, so getting a kick... and sounding fat.


Amazon fresh? that sounds kinky.... Same day hooker service? That might work in rural Nevada.
 
2012-07-13 02:39:11 AM

robmilmel: Benevolent Misanthrope: Because I don't want to buy pancake syrup by the case lot?

You...you sicken me.

/swigs from "Big Gulp" of Mrs. Butterworth's


You have those thin little bird lips don'tcha
 
2012-07-13 02:40:45 AM
Interesting concept, though it's been tried before on a big scale and flopped. However, FEDEX had already developed a practice that Amazon is mimicking: supply hubs. For major shippers, say, like Boeing, FEDEX supplies nearby warehouses with a lot of inventory they'll need, so when ordered, they just pull it off the shelf and deliver it without having to go to the manufacturer of the part.

Postmasters, a defunct same day delivery service in the 80's, ran their butts off trying to service the continental US and flopped. They, however, did not have hubs with commonly ordered items but were servicing the general public.

To buy and maintain assorted hubs with the same merchandise is costly, unless you're like a major department store. So, I figure they'll do a sampling and stock hubs with goods folks most commonly buy and when you peruse their website, you'll be informed if same day delivery is available for your item.

However, I want to actually SEE and possibly TOUCH any big ticket item before I purchase it.

Haven't you learned your lessons from all of the infomercials, where you buy goods that quite often don't function like you saw on TV. (Remember 'eggies'? Those plastic, egg shaped containers you cracked eggs into, dropped in boiling water and PRESTO! Out came the perfect boiled egg. Great for parties, no laborious and often frustrating shelling and so on. They didn't tell you they each consist of 4 sections than can be tricky to assemble. Nor did they tell you that you MUST coat the inside with cooking oil -- not cooking spray, but oil. Plus, they can't hold an entire jumbo egg. Washing the things afterwards, even in a dishwasher, can be a real pain. Had you seen them in person, close up and been able to handle them, you probably would not have bothered.)

I recall a laptop I bought off E-bay that seemed real nice. It was, when I won the bid for $250. When it arrived, I discovered it had been a commercially used laptop, lacking several major programs that I normally use. I had to locate generic versions of the programs and download them.

Had I seen the thing in person, I would not have bought it.

I've bought key cap stickers, since I wear the letters off, and found that many are actually so cheap that after one day, the letters are wearing off. I bought some shake lights -- remember them? Turned out to be fakes. They didn't have magnets in the base to run through a coil to produce electricity, just lumps of iron and, the copper coils were connected to nothing. Power came from hidden hearing aid batteries wrapped up as the 'condenser'. I contacted the dealer and he was astonished and offered me my money back. He had bough a pallet load from China. He later pulled his E-bay listings.

I bought a nice stiletto from an online company. The spring loaded blade snaps out of the end of the handle. It looked cool. Until I got it, to find it is a 'safety' stiletto, meaning I the blade meets resistance as it springs out, it pops off it's track.

So, you can't just walk up to someone, stick the handle against them, push the button and have 4 inches of double bladed steel snap into them, push the button again and have it retract and keep on walking. No, the blade pops off to prevent that and you have to manually grab and reset the blade. The inside mechanism, I discovered, was a feeble plastic track instead of the good steel ones.

There are far too many ways to get screwed buying online unless you know the company.

However, going shopping in big discount stores can be a hassle. They're noisy, crowded, full of rude and often obnoxious people to lack common courtesy, can't control their kids and have no problem annoying everyone in the vicinity with their screaming infants. Plus, on hot, rainy days, you get to step around disposable diapers they drop into steaming puddles, full of kid poo, not wanting to stink up the interior of their rust buckets.

Most NEVER have enough cashiers. So you get to wait forever in line to check out, crammed in among people you'd probably walk on the other side of the street to avoid.

THAT alone makes same day ordering service sound sweet.

Then again, Walmart has men's pull over shirts on sale cheaply. They look nice. Yet the material is THIN! You don't know this until you touch them. Target has similar shirts on sale for about $1.00 more, in better colors and the material is thicker.

I like scented candles, but I prefer to smell them before buying. Depending on the maker, something like Apple-cinnamon can hardly have any aroma, but a big price, others can smell like the apples were rotten, some like they dumped in an entire cinnamon tree and others with thin, cheap wicks that burn a quarter sized hole right down through the center of the candle, leaving a lot of waste behind and producing little scent.

You can't tell this unless you actually pick them up and look and smell.

At the worst, the concept will flop, but only after managing to stay long enough to hurt major businesses, which will then lay off workers and close outlets.

If it succeeds, then the selection of good will, by necessity, be limited, meaning you'll still have to go shopping for stuff in person.

Now, for myself, I'd be happy if we could manage to get a Chinese restaurant around here that delivers, like pizza companies do.
 
2012-07-13 02:42:02 AM
bighoss: Solidus

Grables'Daughter: Wat


bighoss: Solidus is another name for a virgule.


Begun, the typographical wars have.
 
2012-07-13 02:45:09 AM
I've been buying from Amazon since they were a monocolor storefront online selling books only. Last couple of items I bought were an AC Delco oversized air conditioning compressor for my Chevy pickup. The O'Reilly junk I put in never worked right and lasted 5 weeks before locking up on a 106 degree day. Local auto stores quoted $350-400 for the AC and I bought it from Amazon for $180, free two-day ship. Great having a 60 degree cab on hot days. Next item was a mint used Dell Latitude D830 laptop with Win 7, new Dell battery and full Office 2007 for $200 delivered from an Amazon vendor. Bought it for my niece who is starting college. Local stores sell units like that for $500-700. Buy $10 books for my Kindle that cost $30 at Walden. Missouri is pretty tax-friendly so even if they charge state tax, it won't be bad.
 
2012-07-13 02:45:36 AM
Same-day delivery from Amazon and Amazon Fresh are some of my favorite things about Seattle.
 
2012-07-13 02:52:13 AM

lordargent: and went through a few before I got a pair where the color was spot on between the two


So different that you couldn't correct it in software?
 
2012-07-13 02:54:13 AM
Weirdly, Costco's doing more online shipping (especially diapers... you'd have to be a parent to care, but Amazon flubbed that market badly), and where I live in the DC area there's no way in hell I'd ever buy a laptop from Amazon (it's called Microcenter; always at least $100 cheaper even with tax.)

Amazon still rules at books, but I really don't see this working for them.

/I don't get Amazon Fresh (Peapod exists for grocery delivery, but it's easier to take the 2-year-old with me).
 
2012-07-13 02:55:07 AM
I started buying from Amazon in '94/'95 when they had CDs cheaper than the local store, CDs that were hard to find in the local store, and the shipping was cheaper than the sales tax. I still remember the angst I had giving them my credit card info, first online buy I made.

I think trading the 10% sales tax for same day delivery is a lose/lose situation for Amazon, but I won't bet against Bezois.
 
2012-07-13 02:56:30 AM

"All of the people doing the actual work in the warehouses are being paid near minimum wage and told to keep up productivity or they'll lose what little income they have. That keeps things moving quickly. Plus, just about anyone can actually do the shipping jobs with little to no training, so turnover isn't a huge issue, and in fact might be a bonus since long-term employees getting raises and wanting benefits won't be such an issue.

/Just remember that every time you want something cheap, quick and free, it still has to be done by a person, who would like to eat some time this month."


You think people working at Target, Wal-Mart or Best Buy are paid any better? It's retail. If you don't want to work in any of these places then plan your future. I don't understand this "Amazon or Target are evil!!!" because they pay minimum.


I don't know if the threats your talking about is true, but I suppose there's not many jobs you can slack off at. No company shouldn't mistreat their employees, but I can't get upset at any company who wants to pay minimum wage, and people take it. No one forces them to take the job.

 
2012-07-13 02:56:34 AM

Rufus Lee King: Ryker's Peninsula: Same day takes too long.

I can dig it. Scientists need to get on the ball about this.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 500x340]


Not yet. Until then, I'd go with a series of tubes, pneumatic tubes:

www.ids.u-net.com

Get to it, ladies, I want my book order stat.
 
2012-07-13 02:57:43 AM

Eps05: I am left wondering how all of this can even be profitable - not just to Amazon, but to the manufacturers and primary distributors, even though I know alot of electronic goods are overpriced (digital camera battery? 50 dollars at store. 20 dollars brandname online, 3pack for 12 dollars random Hong Kong dude)

Also in the crowd of those who like to "feel" some of the things i buy first. Purchasing a keyboard and mouse is one of those things I am fickle about.

csb
Upon wanting to replace my previous keyboard I went around half a dozen stores looking for the elusive perfect one. Didn't find it but settled on the Saitek Eclipse II. Fat finger syndrome means I need non-slip keys, deeper presses, empty space between keys, well defined and easy to reach F# keys. Also needed backlightning. Multimedia keys could be better though.


Backlightning? Is that when it sparks like something invented by Tesla when you hit the keys? That sounds AWESOME!
 
2012-07-13 03:00:32 AM

skinink: "All of the people doing the actual work in the warehouses are being paid near minimum wage and told to keep up productivity or they'll lose what little income they have. That keeps things moving quickly. Plus, just about anyone can actually do the shipping jobs with little to no training, so turnover isn't a huge issue, and in fact might be a bonus since long-term employees getting raises and wanting benefits won't be such an issue.

/Just remember that every time you want something cheap, quick and free, it still has to be done by a person, who would like to eat some time this month."
You think people working at Target, Wal-Mart or Best Buy are paid any better? It's retail. If you don't want to work in any of these places then plan your future. I don't understand this "Amazon or Target are evil!!!" because they pay minimum.
I don't know if the threats your talking about is true, but I suppose there's not many jobs you can slack off at. No company shouldn't mistreat their employees, but I can't get upset at any company who wants to pay minimum wage, and people take it. No one forces them to take the job.


Are there no prisons?

Just so you know, many people are "forced" to take a job, usually by the electric company, bank, landlord, need to feed their children...
 
2012-07-13 03:00:57 AM

try fect taa daa: there's a source for everything and a smart shopper knows... monoprice, newegg, amazon, ebay for things where warranty isn't an issue...

went to best buy with the intention of spending a gift card i have. bastards were out of any speaker that would fit my truck. their demo board didn't represent what was actually available. nothing was priced... clusterfark. salesgirl was smokin hot though... i'll go to another BB in a few days and add as little cash as possible to whatever i buy on the giftcard. then--good riddance BB.


Best Buy has devolved into a total rathole. The few times I've bought stuff - it's the hard-to-screw up merch like Blu Ray movies or computer software. Even then, I buy on-line and use the in-store pickup. A couple of years ago, I bought a Garmin GPS cuz I waited too long and needed it for a particular trip.

Since I signed on to amazon prime last fall, BB is a distant memory. I look at the sale flyer most Sundays, but nothing really catches my eye. Going to the BB stores used to be fun. Now, it's slightly less painful than the dentist.
 
2012-07-13 03:03:43 AM

altrocks: /Just remember that every time you want something cheap, quick and free, it still has to be done by a person, who would like to eat some time this month.


What are those people going to do if I decide I don't want to buy things from their warehouse? Go be millionaires somewhere else?
 
2012-07-13 03:07:03 AM

HowlingPook: air conditioning compressor


How much should it cost for a 98 Civic?

Will you do the labor?
 
2012-07-13 03:09:03 AM
The only reason humans work is because there are things that can't yet be automated. Eventually, only system programmers, the brains of the companies, and the bosses would have jobs. Most manual jobs will be gone.

Are we supposed to halt the advancement of technology?

What if one day we discover something to change the way humans work so that we don't get sick anymore and our wounds would heal instantly? Should we stop this kind of discovery for fears of having lots of people in the medical field lose their jobs?

I wonder what will happen someday when money is no longer needed because everyone can exist without others and everyone can produce what they need.
 
2012-07-13 03:15:10 AM
There's a Best Buy about 5 minutes from me but I think I've only been there once in the last year to get a CD that was a last minute gift.

Yesterday I happened to find a copy of Inglourious Basterds for $3.80 with free 2-day shipping (if you have Amazon Prime).
 
2012-07-13 03:24:09 AM
"Technically Legally, when I buy a $1,000 laptop from Amazon, I'm supposed to pay a $100 "use tax" when I file my annual return with my home state of California."

FTFTFA.

/Slashie
 
2012-07-13 03:24:19 AM
Which is more useful?

Feeling the product in your hands, or reading 75 reviews from people who used the product for its intended purpose for a while?
 
2012-07-13 03:32:17 AM

dmoynihan: Weirdly, Costco's doing more online shipping (especially diapers... you'd have to be a parent to care, but Amazon flubbed that market badly), and where I live in the DC area there's no way in hell I'd ever buy a laptop from Amazon (it's called Microcenter; always at least $100 cheaper even with tax.)

Amazon still rules at books, but I really don't see this working for them.

/I don't get Amazon Fresh (Peapod exists for grocery delivery, but it's easier to take the 2-year-old with me).


I just checked, and the three computers I'm considering getting from Amazon are cheaper on Amazon than Microcenter.

Considering Amazon only does online sales and is 2.5 times larger than costco, I'm pretty sure Amazon does more online sales than costco.

Amazon ships over half a billion diapers per year, btw.
 
2012-07-13 03:35:41 AM
three computers I'm considering getting from Amazon are cheaper on Amazon than Microcenter.

Are they 10% cheaper? cuz that's the CA sales tax. Ok, 8.25 to 9.75, for me it's 9.50. 10% makes the math easy.
 
2012-07-13 03:41:41 AM

profplump: lordargent: and went through a few before I got a pair where the color was spot on between the two

So different that you couldn't correct it in software?


We both know that lordargent could have matched the colors through the software, but he didn't.

[insert rude comment about computer illiteracy]
 
2012-07-13 04:12:49 AM

Arcanum: Which is more useful?

Feeling the product in your hands, or reading 75 reviews from people who used the product for its intended purpose for a while?


People with smartphones can do both.
 
2012-07-13 05:03:11 AM
Pretty much the only non-grocery thing I can picture myself buying in a store instead of online is a TV. I've gone almost completely online over the last few years, either delivery or in-store pickup (mostly the latter). I'm a movie fanatic. It's my job, my love, my passion. I love to see them in the best quality available to me. Fark those dipshiats that insist that their low bitrate, overly compressed Demonoid download or Netflix stream is just as good as Blu-ray. No, it's not and it never will be. Anyway, I buy tons of them. I have available to me in driving/BART distance: 7 Targets, 5 Walmarts, 4 Rasputins, 3 Frys, 3 Best Buys and an Amoeba. How often do they have what I'm looking for? Damn near never. Seriously, out of the last 100 DVDs and Blu-rays I've bought, maybe ten were local. Admittedly, some of those were available, but way cheaper online.

I recently decided to upgrade my first two Predator movies to Blu-ray. I walked in nearly everywhere, unavailable. The only place that had them was Best Buy and Frys. Both had the "Ultimate Hunter Edition" of Predator for $25 and $30 respectively. Amazon? $7. I decided to start upgrading my non-Blu Terminators since I'd budgeted $25 anyway. I figured I'd start with the first and get 2 and 3 later. Didn't need to. I picked up the newest Blu-ray of Predator, Terminator, T2 and T3 for just over $30. In store it would have totaled nearly $70. Plus, I qualified for free shipping and, since the South San Francisco warehouse had them all, I got them the next day.

Fark Brick 'n' Mortars. Even in the rare times that they actually have what I'm looking for, it's almost always far more than buying online, even if I have to pay for taxes and shipping.
 
2012-07-13 05:31:43 AM

Hoopy Frood: Arcanum: Which is more useful?

Feeling the product in your hands, or reading 75 reviews from people who used the product for its intended purpose for a while?

People with smartphones can do both.


Or, read the reviews, go to a big box store to check out the two or three models that you've narrowed your choices to, go back home, and order your choice at a reputable online retailer at a much cheaper price than the big box store. You get your item cheaper, and the big part for me, is that you don't have to deal with the employees who are desperately trying to meet quota on store credit cards and over priced extended warranties.

FYI: If an employee at Best Buy goes a few shifts without a store credit card application, they are fired. They MUST push the store credit card at every sale.
Employees at Staples have to sell extended warranties on computers. They are well known to tell customers that a model is out of stock if they turn down the extended warranty.

O.K. CSB time: Last time I bought a computer at Staples that was actually a good deal because it was on clearance, I told the employee that I wanted the extended warranty. He went in back, got the computer, and then at check out I said I changed my mind about the warranty. He literally threw the paperwork down and stormed off; the employee checking me out looked at me as if I was Hitler. Had I not told the employee that I was going to take the warranty, odds are very high that I would have been told that they were out of stock.

I would be much more likely to buy at a Big Box store if the employees were actually helpful and knowledgeable. Instead, they are pushy, desperate, and actually get hostile if you don't want to sign up for store credit or buy the extended warranty. In that case, why would I use them as anything other than a place to physically look at the stuff I'm going to buy online?
 
2012-07-13 05:46:30 AM

Jizz Master Zero: Fark those dipshiats that insist that their low bitrate, overly compressed Demonoid download or Netflix stream is just as good as Blu-ray. No, it's not and it never will be.


Ummmmmmmmm. I'm going to guess that technology will continue to improve.

Eventually, physical media will be a thing of the past. Sure it will be awhile before you can stream 4k movies without any loss of resolution, but that day will come.

/"640k ought to be enough for anybody"
//ok old Farkers, 1 geek points for the first one who tells us who said that. (I know, it's a slow pitch)
 
2012-07-13 06:09:37 AM
They're already doing same-day delivery, at least in a limited way. I know they have a huge-ass warehouse on the outskirts of Phoenix - if you're a Prime member in that area and order something that's stocked there, there's an option for same-day "Local Express" delivery for something like $5.99 or $8.99/item, in addition to the usual 2-day and next-day Prime shipping options.

[CSB]
Living in China, Amazon is way ahead of the game here compared to the US. At least here in the big city, most of the time if you order something by 10 or 11 AM it will delivered the same day, for free, by a sweaty courier guy on a scooter wearing a turquoise Amazon.cn polo shirt. There is a minimum for free shipping but it's something ridiculously low, like ~$3.

I have been known to order a brick of toilet paper rolls from Amazon just because I didn't feel like going down to the store to get some myself. Now I know what it was like living in NYC during the glory days of Webvan and Kozmo.com.
[/CSB]
 
2012-07-13 06:23:40 AM
alwaysjaded:
If you're troubleshooting a living room audio setup, it's pretty handy being able to shoot off to a store for the required part rather than waiting two days to find out if the part you ordered is really what you needed.

VERY true. The downside is, buying things locally so often seems like a screw job. That whatzit you could get off ebay for a few bucks is like $40 at the local (locally located chain, not even locally-owned mom-and-pop) store, IF it's even available.

CSB time: Bought (locally) a record player for my wife, but it didn't work with our bookcase stereo. Shopping locally, I would not have even known that I could get a turntable amplifier the size of a cigarette pack for less than $30... but I'm sure the local salespeople would have been happy to try and sell me a full component stereo system to plug it into.
 
2012-07-13 06:47:04 AM
Sales tax? What is that?

/Counties could add on to the state sales tax back in Ohio.
//Always enjoyed hearing Massholes biatches about how high their 6.25% sales tax was knowing that I paid a higher one in Ohio
///Live Free or Slashies
 
2012-07-13 06:49:31 AM

Tax Boy: [media.tumblr.com image 494x700]

If this is how amazon's going to do deliveries, I'm ok with it


Came for Ramona Flowers.

/you know what I mean.
 
2012-07-13 07:04:47 AM
So, in Idiocracy.....it wasn't Costco....it was Amazon!!

/loves Amazon, screw Best Buy.
 
2012-07-13 07:11:34 AM

try fect taa daa: there's a source for everything and a smart shopper knows... monoprice, newegg, amazon, ebay for things where warranty isn't an issue...

went to best buy with the intention of spending a gift card i have. bastards were out of any speaker that would fit my truck. their demo board didn't represent what was actually available. nothing was priced... clusterfark. salesgirl was smokin hot though... i'll go to another BB in a few days and add as little cash as possible to whatever i buy on the giftcard. then--good riddance BB.


Sounds like a prime candidate for re-gifting
 
2012-07-13 07:14:10 AM
I tried their same day delivery once. It came the next day.

Wasn't surprised.

Shipping cost was the same either way.
 
2012-07-13 07:54:49 AM

Mad_Radhu: Local retail can bite my ass. It's getting to the point where a trip to the store is frustrating because simple things just aren't in the store any more.

For example, my wife uses Woolite for hand washing her delicates, and she's bought it for years with no incident. Suddenly, EVERY local retailer isn't carrying it any more. Not Target, not Fred Meyer, not the local grocery. All they have is the big bottles laundry detergent designed for HE machines, and there isn't even a tag on the shelf to indicate it is out of stock. After a fruitless trip around town trying to figure out who still sells it, we eventually just wound up buying a case of 4 bottles of it at Amazon.

If the retail stores aren't selling basic stuff like that any more, what is the point of them? I can understand something hard to find, but it shouldn't be an adventure to try to find damn Woolite.


Here's a nifty tip: The cheapest White Rain clear shampoo makes an excellent substitute for Woolite.
How do I know? I used to be Head of Wardrobe for a professional ballet company and a national touring musical.
 
2012-07-13 07:56:09 AM
I always get jealous when I read about Amazon.com since Amazon Canada is absolute shiat.
 
2012-07-13 08:13:35 AM
I wonder if this means you could return stuff without paying the damn shipping fees.
 
2012-07-13 08:22:56 AM
Amazon.

I've got Prime. It is great unless...

1) They go crazy and send your item using "smartpost". That is the worst shipping method ever devised by Man, using the worst of both FedEx and the USPS to make your package travel in a loop for days. Smartpost absolutely sucks and adds days and extra crazy handling and routing and chance for loss and damage to your package.
2) You order Thursday-Sunday, then your package is into the weekend anyway.

I once did have a package arrive in less than a day, unfortunately it was just some noodles and not my new camera.
 
2012-07-13 08:24:17 AM

jaylectricity: Triumph: Shopping is a hassle.

Having items in my hand before I buy them is not obsolete. So many times I'd like to see what it is that I'm buying before I commit to something based on pictures.


That's a good policy for dealing with escort services.
 
2012-07-13 08:25:30 AM
Amazon is going to loose some customers when they start charging tax; part of their allure is that you're "sticking it to the man."
 
2012-07-13 08:28:30 AM

Tax Boy: [media.tumblr.com image 494x700]

If this is how amazon's going to do deliveries, I'm ok with it


Came here for subspace highway (which I understand isn't used much in Canada) leaving with happy thoughts of Ramona.
 
2012-07-13 08:31:29 AM

nikku88: I always get jealous when I read about Amazon.com since Amazon Canada is absolute shiat.


What's the website for amazon.ca?
 
2012-07-13 08:35:07 AM

Tax Boy: [media.tumblr.com image 494x700]

If this is how amazon's going to do deliveries, I'm ok with it


But if you sign for it, she'll leave...
 
2012-07-13 08:36:12 AM

Diogenes Teufelsdrockh: Rufus Lee King: Ryker's Peninsula: Same day takes too long.

I can dig it. Scientists need to get on the ball about this.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 500x340]

Not yet. Until then, I'd go with a series of tubes, pneumatic tubes:

[www.ids.u-net.com image 400x303]

Get to it, ladies, I want my book order stat.


Well, isn't the internet already just a series of tubes? Why don't we just use those? Or will it cause bandwith issues?
 
2012-07-13 08:39:51 AM
When it comes down to buying something from Amazon vs a local retailer, I'll generally choose Amazon.

1) The online product price will generally be cheaper (by a subtantial amount in some cases);
2) I don't have to drive, thereby increasing the cost of the item;
3) I'm less affected by impulse purchase items;
4) No taxes (for now)
5) I get the free video streaming from Amazon as a kicker;
6) And most importantly, I get a larger selection from which to choose.

NOW, local retaliers, let's remove the advantage for item #4.

I'd stil shop with Amazon. You got nothing.
 
2012-07-13 08:41:52 AM

Cereal Fetish: Tax Boy: [media.tumblr.com image 494x700]

If this is how amazon's going to do deliveries, I'm ok with it

But if you sign for it, she'll leave...


danielrfaust.files.wordpress.com
gifsoup.com
 
2012-07-13 08:43:59 AM
i.zdnet.com
 
2012-07-13 08:44:16 AM

No Such Agency: alwaysjaded:
If you're troubleshooting a living room audio setup, it's pretty handy being able to shoot off to a store for the required part rather than waiting two days to find out if the part you ordered is really what you needed.

VERY true. The downside is, buying things locally so often seems like a screw job. That whatzit you could get off ebay for a few bucks is like $40 at the local (locally located chain, not even locally-owned mom-and-pop) store, IF it's even available.


I really want to like buying from the local hardware store rather than online or at Home Depot but there's a reason small stores have gone out of business. When they have the parts I want they cost 50% more than elsewhere and when they don't have them they can order them at an ever larger markup and a week wait. I can buy them online myself for less hassle.
 
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