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2014-03-12 08:34:01 PM
Somewhere out there a class action lawyer's dick is getting really hard.

Or vagina. It could be a lawyer's vagina getting whatever a vagina gets when it's hard. Umm.
 
2014-03-12 08:34:15 PM
Most things I buy on Amazon are still cheaper than at the Walgreens down the road, and I don't have to lug it up the stairs. I buy everything but food there, stuff like 40 lbs of cat litter make Prime worth it pretty quickly. And they have movies too.
 
2014-03-12 08:35:10 PM
Stephens explained that customers who were not Prime members often received a lower costs for the product and the shipping.
"But together they would roughly equal the cost Amazon is charging Prime members for so-called free shipping," he said.


Well he's right - that's what they do.  I know they do this, because for every product I purchase with Prime Amazon includes a link that says "other sellers may sell this product for less" and includes links to them.  And they always come up within a few cents of the Prime price if you add cost+shipping.

But here's the thing, if I compare the price of a Prime item to another site that isn't Amazon, the cost without shipping is usually the same.  So if I'm looking for a $60 router on Amazon Prime, any of the other 3rd party Amazon sellers might sell a combo cost+shipping that totals $60, but Best Buy or Wal Mart might charge $60+ shipping.

The last example of this I can think of was an accent lamp I ordered that was $102 on Amazon Prime.  All of the Amazon 3rd party sellers came within cents of that including shipping.  Anywhere else I looked for that lamp wouldn't deliver it for under $115 total.

So they are clearly gaming the system, but they might be gaming it to the lowest possible price anywhere.  I'm curious to see if the case goes anywhere.
 
2014-03-12 08:42:59 PM

Lsherm: Stephens explained that customers who were not Prime members often received a lower costs for the product and the shipping.
"But together they would roughly equal the cost Amazon is charging Prime members for so-called free shipping," he said.

Well he's right - that's what they do.  I know they do this, because for every product I purchase with Prime Amazon includes a link that says "other sellers may sell this product for less" and includes links to them.  And they always come up within a few cents of the Prime price if you add cost+shipping.

But here's the thing, if I compare the price of a Prime item to another site that isn't Amazon, the cost without shipping is usually the same.  So if I'm looking for a $60 router on Amazon Prime, any of the other 3rd party Amazon sellers might sell a combo cost+shipping that totals $60, but Best Buy or Wal Mart might charge $60+ shipping.

The last example of this I can think of was an accent lamp I ordered that was $102 on Amazon Prime.  All of the Amazon 3rd party sellers came within cents of that including shipping.  Anywhere else I looked for that lamp wouldn't deliver it for under $115 total.

So they are clearly gaming the system, but they might be gaming it to the lowest possible price anywhere.  I'm curious to see if the case goes anywhere.


That's a good explanation. Also, I'd like to add the shipping you are likely to PAY for from other vendors (ultimately paying approximately the same cost as the prime item) would most likely be standard 4-5 days shipping and not 2 day.

I doing my comparison shopping, and have been satisfied with most price deals I get. And I use the streaming service and kindle book borrowing all the time, too.
 
2014-03-12 08:56:54 PM
Free is free, it's just not 2-day. They subcontract it to Lasership and other 3rd party vendors who fark it up majorly. I had to take a morning off from work to get the package from Lasership's warehouse myself after waiting a week. FAIL.
 
2014-03-12 09:03:27 PM

Lsherm: Stephens explained that customers who were not Prime members often received a lower costs for the product and the shipping.
"But together they would roughly equal the cost Amazon is charging Prime members for so-called free shipping," he said.

Well he's right - that's what they do.  I know they do this, because for every product I purchase with Prime Amazon includes a link that says "other sellers may sell this product for less" and includes links to them.  And they always come up within a few cents of the Prime price if you add cost+shipping.

But here's the thing, if I compare the price of a Prime item to another site that isn't Amazon, the cost without shipping is usually the same.  So if I'm looking for a $60 router on Amazon Prime, any of the other 3rd party Amazon sellers might sell a combo cost+shipping that totals $60, but Best Buy or Wal Mart might charge $60+ shipping.

The last example of this I can think of was an accent lamp I ordered that was $102 on Amazon Prime.  All of the Amazon 3rd party sellers came within cents of that including shipping.  Anywhere else I looked for that lamp wouldn't deliver it for under $115 total.

So they are clearly gaming the system, but they might be gaming it to the lowest possible price anywhere.  I'm curious to see if the case goes anywhere.


Get out of here with your reasonable explanations. I WANT TO BE OUTRAGED!
 
2014-03-12 09:05:58 PM
are they saying the same seller charged prime members more or just some others who didn't have prime products charged less? this seems silly if I am understanding right
 
2014-03-12 09:15:23 PM

Lsherm: Stephens explained that customers who were not Prime members often received a lower costs for the product and the shipping.
"But together they would roughly equal the cost Amazon is charging Prime members for so-called free shipping," he said.

Well he's right - that's what they do.  I know they do this, because for every product I purchase with Prime Amazon includes a link that says "other sellers may sell this product for less" and includes links to them.  And they always come up within a few cents of the Prime price if you add cost+shipping.

But here's the thing, if I compare the price of a Prime item to another site that isn't Amazon, the cost without shipping is usually the same.  So if I'm looking for a $60 router on Amazon Prime, any of the other 3rd party Amazon sellers might sell a combo cost+shipping that totals $60, but Best Buy or Wal Mart might charge $60+ shipping.

The last example of this I can think of was an accent lamp I ordered that was $102 on Amazon Prime.  All of the Amazon 3rd party sellers came within cents of that including shipping.  Anywhere else I looked for that lamp wouldn't deliver it for under $115 total.

So they are clearly gaming the system, but they might be gaming it to the lowest possible price anywhere.  I'm curious to see if the case goes anywhere.


Frown upon your reasonable explanations
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2014-03-12 09:25:47 PM

NickelP: are they saying the same seller charged prime members more or just some others who didn't have prime products charged less? this seems silly if I am understanding right


They are saying that whether or not you were a Prime member, you could get the same product for the same "price+shipping" total.  And they may actually be correct, but the two day guarantee doesn't apply to non-Prime items.  As far as I can tell, that's the only real advantage.  However, as I pointed out in too many words above - that may still be the lowest total you'll spend for an item regardless if you order online.
 
2014-03-12 09:31:00 PM

Lsherm: NickelP: are they saying the same seller charged prime members more or just some others who didn't have prime products charged less? this seems silly if I am understanding right

They are saying that whether or not you were a Prime member, you could get the same product for the same "price+shipping" total.  And they may actually be correct, but the two day guarantee doesn't apply to non-Prime items.  As far as I can tell, that's the only real advantage.  However, as I pointed out in too many words above - that may still be the lowest total you'll spend for an item regardless if you order online.


well i think anyone would realize that is true for larger items. the greatthing with prime is I can run out of tooth picks or cooking twine and order a 1.99 item and get it in 2 days.
 
2014-03-12 09:35:08 PM
Prime is worth it to me for the streaming alone.

The shipping... well... it might vary from object to object but I find that the prime stuff is rarely more expensive than not, and in the few cases where it is, the price difference is still substantially less than 2 day shipping.
 
2014-03-12 09:36:18 PM
Lsherm:
So they are clearly gaming the system, but they might be gaming it to the lowest possible price anywhere.  I'm curious to see if the case goes anywhere.

I tried to explain this to my friend who hates Amazon because they hurt bookstores: they are not an online store. They are a market. They make money like any market does, arbitrage.

You can fight Amazon all you want, but you should never be afraid that once they price their brick and mortar competition out they'll raise prices - they simply can't. A rival website can go up quick. They'll have to match the consensus price or be within a hair factoring in shipping costs.
 
2014-03-12 09:42:29 PM
This giant glass computer desk I'm typing on now required three people to bring it upstairs to my apartment.

Shipping on that alone would have been more than my Prime membership.
 
2014-03-12 09:42:57 PM

bdub77: Somewhere out there a class action lawyer's dick is getting really hard.

Or vagina. It could be a lawyer's vagina getting whatever a vagina gets when it's hard. Umm.


i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-03-12 09:44:00 PM
Plus, just now on a by-part-number comparison, the fan, keyboard, and graphics card I just got are all cheaper with prime than they are without figuring in the craptastic shipping on NewEgg.

I have a feeling this lawsuit is going to die a quiet death in a back room somewhere.
 
2014-03-12 09:50:00 PM

Confabulat: This giant glass computer desk I'm typing on now required three people to bring it upstairs to my apartment.

Shipping on that alone would have been more than my Prime membership.


I got two 25 pound weights and a weight bar shipped for free with Prime.
 
2014-03-12 09:57:20 PM

Lsherm: The last example of this I can think of was an accent lamp I ordered that was $102 on Amazon Prime.


In case anyone asks:

img819.imageshack.us

It really ties the room together.  Like a rug, but taller.
 
2014-03-12 09:57:58 PM

Lsherm: Stephens explained that customers who were not Prime members often received a lower costs for the product and the shipping.
"But together they would roughly equal the cost Amazon is charging Prime members for so-called free shipping," he said.

Well he's right - that's what they do.  I know they do this, because for every product I purchase with Prime Amazon includes a link that says "other sellers may sell this product for less" and includes links to them.  And they always come up within a few cents of the Prime price if you add cost+shipping.

But here's the thing, if I compare the price of a Prime item to another site that isn't Amazon, the cost without shipping is usually the same.  So if I'm looking for a $60 router on Amazon Prime, any of the other 3rd party Amazon sellers might sell a combo cost+shipping that totals $60, but Best Buy or Wal Mart might charge $60+ shipping.

The last example of this I can think of was an accent lamp I ordered that was $102 on Amazon Prime.  All of the Amazon 3rd party sellers came within cents of that including shipping.  Anywhere else I looked for that lamp wouldn't deliver it for under $115 total.

So they are clearly gaming the system, but they might be gaming it to the lowest possible price anywhere.  I'm curious to see if the case goes anywhere.


This has been my experience as well. And the shipping is extremely reliable. I have no complaints. When I pre-order movies for my kids, they ship it so I actually receive it on the release date and if their price drops after I order it and it's cheaper on the shipping date, they refund me the difference. Not that it's ever a whole lot of money, but still nice.
 
2014-03-12 09:59:17 PM

Lsherm: Lsherm: The last example of this I can think of was an accent lamp I ordered that was $102 on Amazon Prime.

In case anyone asks:

[img819.imageshack.us image 359x900]

It really ties the room together.  Like a rug, but taller.


We have something similar we bought from IKEA for I think $15. Still works great.

/not saying you overpaid
//i love accent lamp
 
2014-03-12 10:29:12 PM

fusillade762: bdub77: Somewhere out there a class action lawyer's dick is getting really hard.

Or vagina. It could be a lawyer's vagina getting whatever a vagina gets when it's hard. Umm.

[i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]


Who do I have to fark around here to get Pam to sploosh on me?
 
2014-03-12 10:34:54 PM
What kind of annoys me is that cables and a lot of other cheap things have turned into add-on items that require a $25 order before you can get them with Prime. I can kind of understand, but it is still vaguely annoying when I need something small and cheap like Nano-SIM adapters.
 
2014-03-12 10:35:36 PM
Well, that's why you try not to buy from third party sellers, which from a lot of items I see don't even qualify for free two day shipping. Besides, more than a few things I have ordered under Amazon Prime shipping will show up in one day. One farking day! Free shipping! And even if the shipping cost is built into the price, I still find the Amazon items cost less than if I purchased it at a retail store and had to pay tax on it as well.


unlikely: Plus, just now on a by-part-number comparison, the fan, keyboard, and graphics card I just got are all cheaper with prime than they are without figuring in the craptastic shipping on NewEgg.

I have a feeling this lawsuit is going to die a quiet death in a back room somewhere.


I used to buy every computer item from NewEgg for years because their prices were so good, better than the local computer stores. Now Amazon has NewEgg beat on most prices. Can't remember when I last bought something from NewEgg.
 
2014-03-12 10:36:14 PM
I order all kinds of janitorial supplies for work through prime. Like 12 cases of hand soap per month that weigh 17 lbs each. And the soap costs the same as it does at Restaurant Depot . So well worth it for me.
 
2014-03-12 10:44:26 PM
The real ripoff with Prime is when you click "Prime only" in the search results. The hoodie you wanted to order comes up, but when you click it they only offer Prime on the extra extra small size.
 
2014-03-12 10:46:30 PM

Confabulat: This giant glass computer desk I'm typing on now required three people to bring it upstairs to my apartment.

Shipping on that alone would have been more than my Prime membership.


Ding!

Their sheer efficiency at fulfillment is what I like most about them and often receive items inside the 2 day limit. I've grudgingly crept back into Ebay land because I need some atv race and replacement parts as they're a goldmine for those and noticed they now take regular CC's plus shipping has improved so win/win for me.
 
2014-03-12 10:47:44 PM

bdub77: Lsherm: Lsherm: The last example of this I can think of was an accent lamp I ordered that was $102 on Amazon Prime.

In case anyone asks:

[img819.imageshack.us image 359x900]

It really ties the room together.  Like a rug, but taller.

We have something similar we bought from IKEA for I think $15. Still works great.

/not saying you overpaid
//i love accent lamp


I tried IKEA, they didn't have anything like that.  I mean, maybe they had something similar, but it wasn't THAT LAMP, you know?

Actually, I think the lamp was overstock from Macy's or something like that.  It showed up all at once everywhere and the price ran up and now it's coming back down.  I doubt it's going to reach $15 just because it's 50" tall, which puts it on the high end of accent lamps that aren't post-based.  And I was adamant about something that didn't have a post.  It's a thing I have going back to when the first halogen lamps came out - everything was a goddamn tall farking stick with a light on the end of it.
 
2014-03-12 10:48:23 PM
Shipping is never 'free'. It's just already included in the asking price. It has ALWAYS been this way.
 
2014-03-12 10:50:27 PM

Confabulat: Most things I buy on Amazon are still cheaper than at the Walgreens down the road, and I don't have to lug it up the stairs. I buy everything but food there, stuff like 40 lbs of cat litter make Prime worth it pretty quickly. And they have movies too.


I hope you have a cat
 
2014-03-12 10:50:47 PM

bdub77: Somewhere out there a class action lawyer's dick is getting really hard.

Or vagina. It could be a lawyer's vagina getting whatever a vagina gets when it's hard. Umm.


I believe the term is "ladyboner".
 
2014-03-12 10:51:07 PM

Lsherm: NickelP: are they saying the same seller charged prime members more or just some others who didn't have prime products charged less? this seems silly if I am understanding right

They are saying that whether or not you were a Prime member, you could get the same product for the same "price+shipping" total.  And they may actually be correct, but the two day guarantee doesn't apply to non-Prime items.  As far as I can tell, that's the only real advantage.  However, as I pointed out in too many words above - that may still be the lowest total you'll spend for an item regardless if you order online.


In my experience, there are some other businesses that have similar deals with major shippers.  For instance if you order a part for a Can-Am quad/cycle or a Ski-Doo sled those are all delivered to the dealership in two days regularly, even if it has to come from Canada (often UPS has to send out a different truck to make sure these get delivered on-time), for no charge to the dealer (you pay freight if you request Next Day Air).  You pay retail, get the item in 2-3 days and smile, there's no shipping charge.
Also, if I order Honda/Kawasaki parts and they aren't in stock in the USA mostly they get to me in about 1.4 weeks.  So they come from Japan on an airplane and it takes a bit to get through the warehouse in LA/SF then to the dealer who forwards them on to me.  My invoice only has freight from the dealer to my location (ie: not from Japan to my location).
 
2014-03-12 10:52:30 PM

NickelP: Lsherm: NickelP: are they saying the same seller charged prime members more or just some others who didn't have prime products charged less? this seems silly if I am understanding right

They are saying that whether or not you were a Prime member, you could get the same product for the same "price+shipping" total.  And they may actually be correct, but the two day guarantee doesn't apply to non-Prime items.  As far as I can tell, that's the only real advantage.  However, as I pointed out in too many words above - that may still be the lowest total you'll spend for an item regardless if you order online.

well i think anyone would realize that is true for larger items. the greatthing with prime is I can run out of tooth picks or cooking twine and order a 1.99 item and get it in 2 days.


I bought a 40" tv for the bedroom the other day. prime. free delivery in 2 days.
Beat that with a stick.

FFS, other sites charge INSANE amounts of money for 2 day shipping and forget about next day.
DOnt get me started about their order fulfillment. taking days to ship things, long after it would have arrived from amazon.

20-40 dollars more a year for prime? with all those free movies?
sign me up
 
2014-03-12 10:54:23 PM

Lsherm: Stephens explained that customers who were not Prime members often received a lower costs for the product and the shipping.
"But together they would roughly equal the cost Amazon is charging Prime members for so-called free shipping," he said.

Well he's right - that's what they do.  I know they do this, because for every product I purchase with Prime Amazon includes a link that says "other sellers may sell this product for less" and includes links to them.  And they always come up within a few cents of the Prime price if you add cost+shipping.

But here's the thing, if I compare the price of a Prime item to another site that isn't Amazon, the cost without shipping is usually the same.  So if I'm looking for a $60 router on Amazon Prime, any of the other 3rd party Amazon sellers might sell a combo cost+shipping that totals $60, but Best Buy or Wal Mart might charge $60+ shipping.

The last example of this I can think of was an accent lamp I ordered that was $102 on Amazon Prime.  All of the Amazon 3rd party sellers came within cents of that including shipping.  Anywhere else I looked for that lamp wouldn't deliver it for under $115 total.

So they are clearly gaming the system, but they might be gaming it to the lowest possible price anywhere.  I'm curious to see if the case goes anywhere.


THIS
close the thread.
PLUS


Russ1642: Shipping is never 'free'. It's just already included in the asking price. It has ALWAYS been this way.


THIS
 
2014-03-12 10:57:48 PM

Russ1642: Shipping is never 'free'. It's just already included in the asking price. It has ALWAYS been this way.


Then the question is, what was Amazon selling back when they were selling Prime memberships for $79 with free shipping being pretty much the only perk?
 
2014-03-12 10:59:57 PM

unlikely: Plus, just now on a by-part-number comparison, the fan, keyboard, and graphics card I just got are all cheaper with prime than they are without figuring in the craptastic shipping on NewEgg.

I have a feeling this lawsuit is going to die a quiet death in a back room somewhere.


I've had positive experiences with NewEgg.  I haven't ordered from them recently though, and come to thing about it I did get a dead power supply from them.  I got it replaced though, but I was stuck with shipping charges sending it back to CA.
/NewEgg fights DMCA though, so that's worth something
 
2014-03-12 11:12:58 PM
this may be one of the few class action lawsuits I would get a notice for and opt out, not because I want to pursue it on my own but because I like the service the defendant has given me.
 
2014-03-12 11:18:28 PM

Warchild: bdub77: Somewhere out there a class action lawyer's dick is getting really hard.

Or vagina. It could be a lawyer's vagina getting whatever a vagina gets when it's hard. Umm.

I believe the term is "ladyboner".


or moist
 
2014-03-12 11:22:59 PM

MrEricSir: The real ripoff with Prime is when you click "Prime only" in the search results. The hoodie you wanted to order comes up, but when you click it they only offer Prime on the extra extra small size.


I HATE HATE HATE that even if you filter by Prime only then try to sort by price, it's never sorted by just the prime price, it includes 3rd party prices with a ton of shipping.  Amazon is still my go-to, but when I want the cheapest solution to a problem, prime-fast, with a good return policy, it becomes a lot harder than it should be.  I understand why Amazon does it that way, because they don't want to piss off the 3rd parties.

How about this, Bezos?  Another level of membership that gives me the ability to filter out your crappy sellers, and include price trends so I don't have to camelcamelcamel stuff.  Also, I want trending data on buyback prices, especially for textbooks.  I'd buy that for a dollar.
 
2014-03-12 11:30:07 PM
Well DUH! Do a search for just about anything on Amazon, click on the link on the left for "FREE SHIPPING BY AMAZON", and look at how much more they cost.
 
2014-03-12 11:35:14 PM
after searching for the best seller on amazon, i googled and it turns out that sears matches the price exactly ($34.08) after tax, with free shipping.  i also found that if 'manure' is not in the title, its shiat.

if amazon was smart, and they are, they would undercut everyone on the top sellers in every category, which they do;  however, if someone is looking for a very specific item - lets say a 4-foot ridiculous free-standing paper lantern lamp, for example - you may find it cheaper, in store, at your local kmart or dollar store.
 
2014-03-12 11:35:15 PM

skinink: And even if the shipping cost is built into the price, I still find the Amazon items cost less than if I purchased it at a retail store and had to pay tax on it as well.


Lately I find that whenever I shop retail, I go to three or four stores only to find that they carry all the same, cheap shiat.  They just can't beat the selection, and most of them don't even try to target the high end of most products.  If you want to actually buy quality, you almost have to shop online.
 
2014-03-12 11:40:33 PM
Lsherm, I hope a chinaman doesn't pee on your lamp. It really does tie the room together.
 
2014-03-12 11:44:06 PM
skinink: Lately I find that whenever I shop retail, I go to three or four stores only to find that they carry all the same, cheap shiat.

though youre aware of the internet, its as if youre confused of its capabilities.
 
2014-03-13 12:03:39 AM

Abner Doon: Russ1642: Shipping is never 'free'. It's just already included in the asking price. It has ALWAYS been this way.

Then the question is, what was Amazon selling back when they were selling Prime memberships for $79 with free shipping being pretty much the only perk?


Free upgrade to two-day shipping and a discounted upgrade to one-day shipping.

That's why I never saw the value. I was fine with the $25-minimum order free standard shipping.

Now, I have Prime for streaming, and I use the free upgrades to two-day shipping pretty frequently.
 
2014-03-13 12:08:12 AM

Marketing_Freak: Lsherm, I hope a chinaman doesn't pee on your lamp. It really does tie the room together.


Marketing_Freak, chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.
 
2014-03-13 12:22:42 AM
WOOT Free Shipping!
i.imgur.com

except you can buy the same jar at Sam's Wholesale Club for like $8.
 
2014-03-13 12:34:07 AM

Abner Doon: Russ1642: Shipping is never 'free'. It's just already included in the asking price. It has ALWAYS been this way.

Then the question is, what was Amazon selling back when they were selling Prime memberships for $79 with free shipping being pretty much the only perk?


They took a loss for your loyalty.
They ingrained the Prime lifestyle.
 
2014-03-13 12:34:17 AM

MutantMotherMouse: Warchild: bdub77: Somewhere out there a class action lawyer's dick is getting really hard.

Or vagina. It could be a lawyer's vagina getting whatever a vagina gets when it's hard. Umm.

I believe the term is "ladyboner".

or moist


img.fark.net

Checks out.
 
2014-03-13 12:38:02 AM
craigzy: ..if someone is looking for a very specific item - lets say a 4-foot ridiculous free-standing paper lantern lamp, for example - you may find it cheaper, in store, at your local kmart or dollar store.

Holy sh#t that was funny. Full point.
 
2014-03-13 12:41:15 AM

Vlad_the_Inaner: except you can buy the same jar at Sam's Wholesale Club for like $8.


Except I'm willing to pay the difference to have it brought to me and avoid the frickin' Sam's Club.
 
2014-03-13 12:46:45 AM
Reading the article, I don't think the lady has a strong grasp on reality. If I'm reading things correctly, she's suggesting that Amazon is colluding with its third party vendors to set their prices artificially high to match Amazon's pricing so that people will think Prime is a valuable service to have.

First of all, Prime IS a valuable service to have if you use Amazon regularly, because it eliminates shipping fees from your purchases AND gives you a slew of other benefits. It's like a Costco membership -- you don't have to have one to shop in the store, but you need one if you want to get the best possible perks of the store.

Second, suggesting that Amazon is in any way colluding is ridiculous. Amazon's got a bad reputation for treating its third party suppliers with indifference and automation, but not for back-room dealing. The whole reason Amazon has third party sellers is so it can broaden the products it offers. Suppliers set their own prices and are supposed to follow the standard shipping pricing depending on the type of product being sold. Some of the shipping cost is meant to cover fulfillment and packaging costs that Amazon itself chooses to eat for Prime members or for Super Saver shipping.

The best way to think about Amazon is as a giant flea market where about half of the stalls are owned and run by Amazon and the rest are individual owner/operators paying Amazon rent to be there. They don't offer the same service, pricing or advantages as Amazon itself, but they're available to serve you if you really need them.
 
2014-03-13 01:04:57 AM

Vlad_the_Inaner: WOOT Free Shipping!
[i.imgur.com image 640x228]

except you can buy the same jar at Sam's Wholesale Club for like $8.


You should check out their deals on a case of water.
 
2014-03-13 01:26:22 AM

Lsherm: Lsherm: The last example of this I can think of was an accent lamp I ordered that was $102 on Amazon Prime.

In case anyone asks:

[img819.imageshack.us image 359x900]

It really ties the room together.  Like a rug, but taller.


I saw a ton of those (various colors/shapes) at the consignment shop here a year or two ago (had to be from a liquidation), that particular one was about $30.

// I bet I could make money buying items from a consignment shop and then selling them on amazon. The key is knowing what will sell.
 
2014-03-13 01:27:24 AM
I've haven't paid a dime on shipping from Amazon in years and I've never paid for prime either, I just use the free super saver shipping. It's not 2 day, but if I need something that fast I'll just buy it locally.
 
2014-03-13 02:13:08 AM
Um, duh. Everyone with a brain that uses Amazon already knew this. That's why you, you know, compare the prices from different retailers on the same items. It's really not that hard to do, considering YOU'RE ALREADY ON THE AMAZON WEBSITE. If the lowest price + shipping is < the lowest prime price, don't buy the prime one. If it's > the lowest prime price, buy the prime one. This isn't rocket surgery.
 
2014-03-13 02:27:53 AM

MutantMotherMouse: Warchild: bdub77: Somewhere out there a class action lawyer's dick is getting really hard.

Or vagina. It could be a lawyer's vagina getting whatever a vagina gets when it's hard. Umm.

I believe the term is "ladyboner".

or moist


The scientific term is "wide-on".
 
2014-03-13 02:29:16 AM
That reminds me, I've got a new litter box and another damn 40-pound box of litter sitting outside. Man I don't feel like bringing all that in tonight. Opening the door.
 
2014-03-13 06:27:47 AM

unlikely: Prime is worth it to me for the streaming alone.

The shipping... well... it might vary from object to object but I find that the prime stuff is rarely more expensive than not, and in the few cases where it is, the price difference is still substantially less than 2 day shipping.


This and this.  Fake outrage is fake.  Some attorney needs another gold plated bathtub somewhere.
 
2014-03-13 07:00:02 AM

Vlad_the_Inaner: WOOT Free Shipping!
[i.imgur.com image 640x228]

except you can buy the same jar at Sam's Wholesale Club for like $8.


What's the cost of their membership fee now?
 
2014-03-13 07:01:54 AM
Amazon prime offers free two day shipping, not standard. The price comparison she was doing includes standard shipping which is and inferior service to what is included with Prime.
 
2014-03-13 07:22:30 AM

Russ1642: Shipping is never 'free'. It's just already included in the asking price. It has ALWAYS been this way.


That's true, but the lawsuit contends that Amazon is selling Prime as a service that includes free shipping. Now everyone knows that's bogus - the cost is just baked into the price. Amazon can get away with this because you can't get the item for cheaper at Amazon, plus shipping.

But Amazon is explicitly telling vendors to bake in their shipping costs to make their items prime eligible. That's a problem because it directly contradicts how Amazon is selling Prime, regardless of the fact that everyone knows how the game works.
 
2014-03-13 07:37:49 AM
I noticed a while ago that some Prime item prices were jacked so I learned to make sure to look at the non-Prime offering to see if there was much if any cost savings.  The largest difference that I found were some pet treats that I buy for an aunt who is to afraid to shop online.  Prime usually list them at $6 per bag where non-Prime is often $2-3 and shipping has been pretty static at about $3.99 from anywhere from 6 to 20 bags (non-Prime started selling by the carton) at a time.
 
2014-03-13 07:42:50 AM
Tried the free trial since I had a couple gifts to order, but mainly wanted to see how their streaming service was. Gotta say it is shiat. The setup is terrible, on the ps3 anyway. The selection is weak as hell, and some of the older mtv cartoons I wanted to see again or other older shows i looked for they wanted me to rent. Doesn'tseem worth the 80 bucks to keep it going. Maybe I'm missing some awesome thing about it.
 
2014-03-13 07:59:44 AM

Carth: Amazon prime offers free two day shipping, not standard. The price comparison she was doing includes standard shipping which is and inferior service to what is included with Prime.


I don't see how facts are relevant at all.

/Prime Member.
// I like it.
 
2014-03-13 08:30:06 AM

Confabulat: Most things I buy on Amazon are still cheaper than at the Walgreens down the road, and I don't have to lug it up the stairs. I buy everything but food there, stuff like 40 lbs of cat litter make Prime worth it pretty quickly. And they have movies too.


I love Prime. Been a member for several years. I couldnt' even begin to quantify the time and hassle that it has saved me had I had to go the brick-and-mortar route for the stuff that I buy. And their streaming service works fine for me on my various iThings and my Roku.
 
2014-03-13 08:32:34 AM

fozziewazzi: Russ1642: Shipping is never 'free'. It's just already included in the asking price. It has ALWAYS been this way.

That's true, but the lawsuit contends that Amazon is selling Prime as a service that includes free shipping. Now everyone knows that's bogus - the cost is just baked into the price. Amazon can get away with this because you can't get the item for cheaper at Amazon, plus shipping.

But Amazon is explicitly telling vendors to bake in their shipping costs to make their items prime eligible. That's a problem because it directly contradicts how Amazon is selling Prime, regardless of the fact that everyone knows how the game works.


Shipping is baked into the price of everything, including the stuff you buy at a brick-and-mortar retailer--their logistics cost is factored into their prices. They don't explicitly disclose that either.
 
2014-03-13 08:52:59 AM
.edu email gets you half price Prime so suck it. A lot of the Prime stuff I buy is the SAME price as other sites/brick and mortar and I get free shipping. I just ordered a 'big sister' book and vinyl repair kit last night and I'll see them Friday. Totally worth not driving.
 
2014-03-13 09:18:23 AM

milowitz: .edu email gets you half price Prime so suck it. A lot of the Prime stuff I buy is the SAME price as other sites/brick and mortar and I get free shipping. I just ordered a 'big sister' book and vinyl repair kit last night and I'll see them Friday. Totally worth not driving.


Didn't know that. Do you know if a credit card is needed for the free 6 months?
 
2014-03-13 10:33:27 AM

StoPPeRmobile: Vlad_the_Inaner: WOOT Free Shipping!
[i.imgur.com image 640x228]

except you can buy the same jar at Sam's Wholesale Club for like $8.

What's the cost of their membership fee now?


Cheaper than the one they tell you about on the signs.  Like $40.   But I buy things other than Raisins there.

/They don't seem to like to mention there is a regular membership below their 'advantage' one.
//they also have tryout days where you can shop without being a member, and coupons in the mail.
 
2014-03-13 10:39:32 AM

PC LOAD LETTER: Free is free, it's just not 2-day. They subcontract it to Lasership and other 3rd party vendors who fark it up majorly. I had to take a morning off from work to get the package from Lasership's warehouse myself after waiting a week. FAIL.


Thankfully Lasership delivery where I live is pretty damn good.  Used Prime on a video game this week, supposed to get it today.  It came early yesterday, a day earlier, so it was basically free overnight shipping.  Obviously YMMV.  Kind of pissed they are raising the Prime price $20 though.
 
2014-03-13 01:20:10 PM

Lsherm: It really ties the room together.


Your man card.   Turn it in.
 
2014-03-13 01:27:53 PM
See, I've always seen it as the other way around. Most things I see on Prime are priced at where I would expect. I always figured that the "non-prime" sellers were lowering the price of the item to make it look more attractive, but then making up the difference by charging you an obscene amount of shipping.

Like, say the expansion to a board game goes for an MSRP of $59.99 + Free Prime Shipping if I buy it from Amazon.
Someone else will have it listed for like, $44.97 but then have like, a $15-16 shipping charge associated with it.
 
2014-03-13 01:39:06 PM

Confabulat: Most things I buy on Amazon are still cheaper than at the Walgreens down the road, and I don't have to lug it up the stairs. I buy everything but food there, stuff like 40 lbs of cat litter make Prime worth it pretty quickly. And they have movies too.


It's all about the cat food that makes it worth it. I order cases of canned food, and the price itself is way way lower than PetSmart/PetCo.

I am surprised no one here's mentioned the Prime price hike. It's now going to be $99. :/
Still worth it for me I guess. Dicks.
 
2014-03-13 02:04:36 PM
What a nice day to receive an Email from Amazon, mentioning that the Prime subscription rate goes up to $99 dollars on my next renewal. It lets me be topical in a next to dead thread.

I actually think that Amazon policies help expedite shipments from Amazon partners. I suspect that they don't see any money until the purchase is officially shipped. This seems to get it out the door quicker. I almost suspect that some of the partners are people working from home, and when their email goes DING, they pack that puppy up the same night as purchase, then off to the post office the next morning to make that milestone ASAP.

That said, it seems that some of them get to count computer generated UPS or Fedex paperwork as shipments, so its not quite on a real truck as fast, but it still counts as shipped.

But long and short, I have seen regular shipping (non-prime) get to my house in two-three business days.

More often than not, actually.
 
2014-03-13 02:06:51 PM
I ordered a 150 lb portable AC unit with Prime, I paid the extra $3.99 for over night.

If I had ordered that from another place it was $200 for regular freight shipping, 20+ days. If I put a rush on it they wanted $500 to get it there in 5 days.


The over sized, over weight things are where Prime really pays for itself.
 
2014-03-13 04:46:30 PM

NickelP: this may be one of the few class action lawsuits I would get a notice for and opt out, not because I want to pursue it on my own but because I like the service the defendant has given me.


I will be opting out, also. I love Amazon Prime. In my experience, it is true that 3rd party +shipping is around the same price as Amazon w/ Prime free shipping, but the 2-day shipping is worth it. I just ordered something from a 3rd party (Prime wasn't available on this item) and it's going to take 10 days to get here. I want my potato chips now!!! Waiting sucks.

And then there is the free streaming! You can't forget the free streaming.
 
2014-03-13 06:27:43 PM

clyph: Lsherm: It really ties the room together.

Your man card.   Turn it in.


Failing to get a Big Lebowski reference? LEAVE NOW
 
2014-03-14 02:39:15 AM

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Confabulat: This giant glass computer desk I'm typing on now required three people to bring it upstairs to my apartment.

Shipping on that alone would have been more than my Prime membership.

I got two 25 pound weights and a weight bar shipped for free with Prime.


Yep, i got two 45 pound plates and an olympic bar shipped for free, and I paid about a dollar a pound for the weights, which is super cheap.
 
2014-03-14 02:41:11 AM

Russ1642: Shipping is never 'free'. It's just already included in the asking price. It has ALWAYS been this way.


No, Prime is a loss leader program, but is slowly being turned into what you are talking about.
 
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