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2018-07-08 10:56:16 AM  
Shouldn't they do that in March?
 
2018-07-08 02:27:34 PM  
Since I'm not a Prime member, I don't need to know anything. And that's why I'm on Fark.
 
2018-07-08 02:33:12 PM  
Meh, steam sales, holiday sales, Black Friday, cyber Monday, prime day... I'm starting to think there are more shopping holidays than actual holidays.
 
2018-07-08 02:39:24 PM  
The $15 / month (regular) cost  for Audible is so insane, a three-month 66% discount doesn't seem like a deal at all.
 
2018-07-08 02:47:53 PM  
Whenever Amazon has a site-wide sale it seems like half of the sale items are bluetooth speakers and James Bond blu-rays.
 
2018-07-08 02:48:59 PM  

keldaria: Meh, steam sales, holiday sales, Black Friday, cyber Monday, prime day... I'm starting to think there are more shopping holidays than actual holidays.


It's like shopping at Kohls. If I don't have a coupon I feel like I'm getting ripped off, and I never go around looking for coupons. So I never shop at Kohls*.


*Unless I poop my pants a little right outside a Kohls. But like my pork chops, that's rare.
 
2018-07-08 02:52:30 PM  
They misspelled this.  It should read "BUY"

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2018-07-08 02:56:57 PM  
Retail Giant:
We are having a sale soon.  Never mind this.  Please continue buying as instructed until the sale begins.  At sale time we will tell you what is on sale.  You may not need or want these items, but if you think you might ever need them (and you do), you will never find a better price than when they are on sale.  This concludes our sale announcement.  Please return to your normal buying habits now and await further instructions from us.
 
2018-07-08 02:58:40 PM  

Bowen: keldaria: Meh, steam sales, holiday sales, Black Friday, cyber Monday, prime day... I'm starting to think there are more shopping holidays than actual holidays.

It's like shopping at Kohls. If I don't have a coupon I feel like I'm getting ripped off, and I never go around looking for coupons. So I never shop at Kohls*.


*Unless I poop my pants a little right outside a Kohls. But like my pork chops, that's rare.


Lol, I can total get that... I'll be honest with you, it's been probably 5 years since I shopped for clothes. My wife typically buys me new shirts and pants (she mostly knows what I like) online through Kohl's when she has the 30% off coupon, and I typically tell her to take half of it back keeping the ones I like. I leave the bargain hunting to her and she can't complain about what I wear since she technically bought it.
 
2018-07-08 03:20:45 PM  

thornhill: Whenever Amazon has a site-wide sale it seems like half of the sale items are bluetooth speakers and James Bond blu-rays.


Prime day so nothing like that. I looked at the preview items, and the variety is huge.  Things in there relevant to my interests now are luggage, sheets, and an electric kettle.
 
2018-07-08 03:21:29 PM  
Three quarters of the items are remaindered Alexa and Kindle Fire crap. There, saved myself a click.
 
2018-07-08 03:27:04 PM  
I wish I needed something. But I don't!
 
2018-07-08 04:03:12 PM  
I've yet to see the value of prime. I've been shopping on  Amazon for 12 years and I've paid shipping charges exactly once, and that was a last minute xmas gift that I couldn't find locally. I mean, how hard is it to order $25 worth of stuff? I get most of my orders in 2-3 days anyway, and $13 bucks a month to stream some old movies and TV shows is simply not worth it.
 
2018-07-08 04:15:25 PM  

ReapTheChaos: I've yet to see the value of prime. I've been shopping on  Amazon for 12 years and I've paid shipping charges exactly once, and that was a last minute xmas gift that I couldn't find locally. I mean, how hard is it to order $25 worth of stuff? I get most of my orders in 2-3 days anyway, and $13 bucks a month to stream some old movies and TV shows is simply not worth it.


Well, there's the discounted hookers. If you're into that sort of thing. I'm in it for the free shipping though.
 
2018-07-08 04:22:18 PM  

ReapTheChaos: I've yet to see the value of prime. I've been shopping on  Amazon for 12 years and I've paid shipping charges exactly once, and that was a last minute xmas gift that I couldn't find locally. I mean, how hard is it to order $25 worth of stuff? I get most of my orders in 2-3 days anyway, and $13 bucks a month to stream some old movies and TV shows is simply not worth it.


It's $6 a month if you're on Medicaid or EBT, and well worth it if you're
(A) Too lazy/busy to run around stores all day
(B) In a car-hostile place like NYC, which makes (A) more impractical
(C) Need to get that ManaTea Strainer right NOW before you get any silly second thoughts.
 
2018-07-08 04:25:23 PM  

Bowen: ReapTheChaos: I've yet to see the value of prime. I've been shopping on  Amazon for 12 years and I've paid shipping charges exactly once, and that was a last minute xmas gift that I couldn't find locally. I mean, how hard is it to order $25 worth of stuff? I get most of my orders in 2-3 days anyway, and $13 bucks a month to stream some old movies and TV shows is simply not worth it.

Well, there's the discounted hookers. If you're into that sort of thing. I'm in it for the free shipping though.


I have a mental image of a very confused yet slightly intrigued porch-pirate opening a stolen crate of your discount hookers.
 
2018-07-08 04:37:51 PM  
When's the Prime Day Parade?
 
2018-07-08 04:38:44 PM  
I've told this before, but a few years back, I was in the market for a new TV. I happened to check out Prime Day and found one that was just what I wanted, and it was half price! (that years model - it was a month old).

Naturally, it sold out before I got one. Bummed, I checked Best Buy and their website had it price matched! I hauled ass to the local BB and in the store it was regular price. I called for a manager and told him the online price. He put in the model number and was preparing to explain how I was wrong and had confused model numbers when the site came up. His jaw dropped, then he shrugged and matched the price, muttering "I gotta get one too".

By the time I got back home, the Best Buy sight had "fixed" what I assume was an automatic price matching with Amazon.
 
2018-07-08 04:46:04 PM  

ReapTheChaos: I've yet to see the value of prime. I've been shopping on  Amazon for 12 years and I've paid shipping charges exactly once, and that was a last minute xmas gift that I couldn't find locally. I mean, how hard is it to order $25 worth of stuff? I get most of my orders in 2-3 days anyway, and $13 bucks a month to stream some old movies and TV shows is simply not worth it.


Prime comes with more than just shipping, so it still helps out. Although I still do enjoy buying little things here and there instead of weekly shopping.

We had some furniture delivered recently. The company was supposed to deliver to room of choice, but the deliver guys refused to do stairs. Room of choice includes stairs. Amazon has been working on it for a few days, trying to get them out to move it upstairs. They've also given a $100 credit for the hassle. If it turns out they won't deliver it upstairs, there will be refunds and/or Amazon is going to pay pros to come move it. I went into chat about it and then that same rep has been calling me daily for/to give status updates. XPO is a terrible delivery company.

I've been prime for about 9 years. For my family of 7, it's great. YMMV.
 
2018-07-08 04:47:11 PM  

Bowen: ReapTheChaos: I've yet to see the value of prime. I've been shopping on  Amazon for 12 years and I've paid shipping charges exactly once, and that was a last minute xmas gift that I couldn't find locally. I mean, how hard is it to order $25 worth of stuff? I get most of my orders in 2-3 days anyway, and $13 bucks a month to stream some old movies and TV shows is simply not worth it.

Well, there's the discounted hookers. If you're into that sort of thing. I'm in it for the free shipping though.


Like I said, you don't need prime to get free shipping.
 
2018-07-08 05:09:46 PM  

EdwardTellerhands: well worth it if you're
(A) Too lazy/busy to run around stores all day
(B) In a car-hostile place like NYC, which makes (A) more impractical
(C) Need to get that ManaTea Strainer right NOW before you get any silly second thoughts.


D) Don't pay $200/month or more for cable TV like lots of people I know

There's tons of content on Prime, it's not "old movies" as someone claimed before.

I could get Prime, Netflix, and Hulu for a year for less than two months of cable.
 
2018-07-08 05:25:56 PM  

jaytkay: D) Don't pay $200/month or more for cable TV like lots of people I know
There's tons of content on Prime, it's not "old movies" as someone claimed before.


I'd be happy with the old movies; I just don't bother to check their offerings. A high 90%-plus is stuff I don't want to sift thru. I'd rather check YouTube or TPB first, to avoid Amazon's preference tracking and "suggestions."
 
2018-07-08 05:39:11 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: The $15 / month (regular) cost  for Audible is so insane, a three-month 66% discount doesn't seem like a deal at all.


If they sold mp3s I'd consider it. I'm paying $13 a month to downpour for a smaller selection. Their DRMed garbage isn't worth $2 a month to me though.
 
2018-07-08 05:41:31 PM  

ReapTheChaos: Bowen: ReapTheChaos: I've yet to see the value of prime. I've been shopping on  Amazon for 12 years and I've paid shipping charges exactly once, and that was a last minute xmas gift that I couldn't find locally. I mean, how hard is it to order $25 worth of stuff? I get most of my orders in 2-3 days anyway, and $13 bucks a month to stream some old movies and TV shows is simply not worth it.

Well, there's the discounted hookers. If you're into that sort of thing. I'm in it for the free shipping though.

Like I said, you don't need prime to get free shipping.


It isn't free shipping, it's $99 a year shipping.
 
2018-07-08 05:54:42 PM  

ChrisDe: ReapTheChaos: Bowen: ReapTheChaos: I've yet to see the value of prime. I've been shopping on  Amazon for 12 years and I've paid shipping charges exactly once, and that was a last minute xmas gift that I couldn't find locally. I mean, how hard is it to order $25 worth of stuff? I get most of my orders in 2-3 days anyway, and $13 bucks a month to stream some old movies and TV shows is simply not worth it.

Well, there's the discounted hookers. If you're into that sort of thing. I'm in it for the free shipping though.

Like I said, you don't need prime to get free shipping.

It isn't free shipping, it's $99 a year shipping.


Well, technically, it's free two day shipping. But as I was saying, I get most of my orders in 2-3 days with standard free shipping, every now and then it's a day or two longer. I guess it depends on what warehouse it comes from.
 
2018-07-08 05:59:59 PM  
I thought there would be math.
 
2018-07-08 06:02:33 PM  

ReapTheChaos: I've yet to see the value of prime. I've been shopping on  Amazon for 12 years and I've paid shipping charges exactly once, and that was a last minute xmas gift that I couldn't find locally. I mean, how hard is it to order $25 worth of stuff? I get most of my orders in 2-3 days anyway, and $13 bucks a month to stream some old movies and TV shows is simply not worth it.


I bet that $25 threshold is encouraging you to buy more than you need.

As others have said, Prime comes with more than the free shipping.

It also now saves you 10 percent on sale items at Whole Foods. I've saved an average of $5/week with it, so it's going to pay for itself.
 
2018-07-08 06:14:39 PM  

ChrisDe: It isn't free shipping, it's $99 a year shipping.


"Free shipping you pay for"
 
2018-07-08 06:15:05 PM  
I'd like a mili-ohm meter.  One of those nice-to-have things checking jointed connections, but--much like everything bought on impulse--used twice and taking up shelf space for years thereafter.

It's bad enough having cabinets full of discreet components, wire, solder, test equipment, fluxes, tools, etc...  You other hobbyists know what it's like messing with electronics.  Such a mess.
 
2018-07-08 06:20:28 PM  

thornhill: ReapTheChaos: I've yet to see the value of prime. I've been shopping on  Amazon for 12 years and I've paid shipping charges exactly once, and that was a last minute xmas gift that I couldn't find locally. I mean, how hard is it to order $25 worth of stuff? I get most of my orders in 2-3 days anyway, and $13 bucks a month to stream some old movies and TV shows is simply not worth it.

I bet that $25 threshold is encouraging you to buy more than you need.

As others have said, Prime comes with more than the free shipping.

It also now saves you 10 percent on sale items at Whole Foods. I've saved an average of $5/week with it, so it's going to pay for itself.


Nope. If I want something that's under $25, it gets added to my wish list until I have something else.
 
2018-07-08 06:42:21 PM  

OptimisticCynicism: I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: The $15 / month (regular) cost  for Audible is so insane, a three-month 66% discount doesn't seem like a deal at all.

If they sold mp3s I'd consider it. I'm paying $13 a month to downpour for a smaller selection. Their DRMed garbage isn't worth $2 a month to me though.


You can.  Music you buy can be downloaded from https://music.amazon.com as an mp3 file.
 
2018-07-08 06:43:42 PM  
I'm canceling Prime this year. I really don't need the video or music service, and I don't buy enough stuff from Amazon to justify $120 a year (up 20% from last year).
 
2018-07-08 06:56:50 PM  

GrailOfThunder: OptimisticCynicism: I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: The $15 / month (regular) cost  for Audible is so insane, a three-month 66% discount doesn't seem like a deal at all.

If they sold mp3s I'd consider it. I'm paying $13 a month to downpour for a smaller selection. Their DRMed garbage isn't worth $2 a month to me though.

You can.  Music you buy can be downloaded from https://music.amazon.com as an mp3 file.


If you pick no rush shipping you get a $1 credit for Amazon music.
 
2018-07-08 07:02:05 PM  

GrailOfThunder: Music you buy can be downloaded from https://music.amazon.com as an mp3 file.


"If they sold mp3s " was referring to audiobooks from Audible, not music.
 
2018-07-08 07:23:29 PM  

GrailOfThunder: OptimisticCynicism: I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: The $15 / month (regular) cost  for Audible is so insane, a three-month 66% discount doesn't seem like a deal at all.

If they sold mp3s I'd consider it. I'm paying $13 a month to downpour for a smaller selection. Their DRMed garbage isn't worth $2 a month to me though.

You can.  Music you buy can be downloaded from https://music.amazon.com as an mp3 file.


And I do, but that is only on music. Considering I spend significantly more on audiobooks than music Amazon doesn't get a lot of my audio purchases.
 
2018-07-08 07:37:34 PM  

jaytkay: GrailOfThunder: Music you buy can be downloaded from https://music.amazon.com as an mp3 file.

"If they sold mp3s " was referring to audiobooks from Audible, not music.


Oh, *duh*.. Sorry about that. My fingers got ahead of my brain, a common problem. :)
 
2018-07-08 07:39:30 PM  
I'm not on-call or on-site this year for Prime Day, so order away.  Aaaaaahahahahahaha ORDER ALL THE THINGS, MY PRETTIES.
 
2018-07-08 08:06:58 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: The $15 / month (regular) cost  for Audible is so insane, a three-month 66% discount doesn't seem like a deal at all.


Already jumped on that one.  $5/book isn't bad at all.  If only you could use NRS credits.
 
2018-07-08 08:42:31 PM  

EdwardTellerhands: jaytkay: D) Don't pay $200/month or more for cable TV like lots of people I know
There's tons of content on Prime, it's not "old movies" as someone claimed before.

I'd be happy with the old movies; I just don't bother to check their offerings. A high 90%-plus is stuff I don't want to sift thru. I'd rather check YouTube or TPB first, to avoid Amazon's preference tracking and "suggestions."


I tried the firestick route but hated how it tried to push me further and further into Amazon's ecosystem. I got an Nvidia Shield for the living room, an Nvidia powered PC for gaming that can stream to the shield and a Synology NAS for the media server and it is perfect. With Prime and YouTube I have just about everything I could ever need.

Now I just need ethernet in the walls and 2 more shields for the bedroom and the kids playroom and I'm done. And a nighthawk router. And a UPS. And another knockaround work machine to replace my fried one. And a couple chromebooks for the kids rooms.

shiat never ends.
 
2018-07-08 08:50:04 PM  

TelemonianAjax: EdwardTellerhands: jaytkay: D) Don't pay $200/month or more for cable TV like lots of people I know
There's tons of content on Prime, it's not "old movies" as someone claimed before.

I'd be happy with the old movies; I just don't bother to check their offerings. A high 90%-plus is stuff I don't want to sift thru. I'd rather check YouTube or TPB first, to avoid Amazon's preference tracking and "suggestions."

I tried the firestick route but hated how it tried to push me further and further into Amazon's ecosystem. I got an Nvidia Shield for the living room, an Nvidia powered PC for gaming that can stream to the shield and a Synology NAS for the media server and it is perfect. With Prime and YouTube I have just about everything I could ever need.

Now I just need ethernet in the walls and 2 more shields for the bedroom and the kids playroom and I'm done. And a nighthawk router. And a UPS. And another knockaround work machine to replace my fried one. And a couple chromebooks for the kids rooms.

shiat never ends.


Yeah, I dig. I finally settled on VLC, an NAS, Google Desktop and couple of tablets. (My prob is mostly having media at hand, not finding stuff to watch/listen to.) Anything I can't stream free on the Web or download I don't watch.
 
2018-07-08 08:50:07 PM  

TelemonianAjax: Now I just need ethernet in the walls and 2 more shields for the bedroom and the kids playroom and I'm done.


Depending on your wiring, you could try some of the ethernet-over-power adapters, which is much faster than actually pulling wire.
 
2018-07-08 09:04:40 PM  

Excelsior: TelemonianAjax: Now I just need ethernet in the walls and 2 more shields for the bedroom and the kids playroom and I'm done.

Depending on your wiring, you could try some of the ethernet-over-power adapters, which is much faster than actually pulling wire.


I hope to be moving next summer so that might fit in with my plans. Anyone have a brand they have used or some concrete advice? Can internet over powerline handle 1080p media streaming?
 
2018-07-08 10:33:02 PM  

TelemonianAjax: I hope to be moving next summer so that might fit in with my plans. Anyone have a brand they have used or some concrete advice? Can internet over powerline handle 1080p media streaming?


1080p streaming only takes like 5mbps or so, so I doubt that's a problem.

Actual speeds vary greatly depending on the wiring in your house, and whether the outlets are on different circuits or not. For best results, do not plug into surge protectors.

Just be aware that the rated speeds are not realistic in most cases -- I got a cheapo 300mbit pair forever ago, which gave me a pretty stable 70mbit actual throughput speed.
 
2018-07-08 10:43:03 PM  
Will be out of town that week and building charges for packages held over 48 hours so I am out.  Last year I only bought the toilet paper deal so no great loss to either party.
 
2018-07-08 11:56:36 PM  
Prices on every day items on Amazon have crept up and up....I can do better on ebay if I don't need it right away, or Walmart and Target offer free 2 day shipping on pretty much everything, or in store pickup (With Target, shipping is free if you have a Target card, regardless of amount unless its an add on item (and there are ways around that too). Of course, most of the Amazon sheep are too distracted to notice after telling their Alexa spy microphones what they want to order or hitting their Amazon big brand name product ordering buttons scattered all over their house.
/Amazon is creepily evil. I only order from them as a last resort.
 
2018-07-09 05:23:31 AM  
I've cancelled prime this year. They raised the cost to 69 Euro (in Germany) and since they now have market might, they have gone to shiat.

Despite having prime, I need to pay shipping for pantry items (even if a box is over 50 Euros), they deliver with their own sub-company (Amazon Logistics) which is easily the worst courier in Germany with no way to change who delivers; the prices of items jump wildly around (yes, only taking Amazon itself into account, not marketplace) and I'm not interested in music or video.

They used to have good prices and they were the ones who made sales that the big box stores had to jump to keep up. Now it's the other way around.
 
2018-07-09 06:41:37 AM  
I have never been able to actually buy any of the Prime Day items. The few things I could actually use sell out before I can order them.
 
2018-07-09 10:04:19 AM  

whatisaidwas: Retail Giant:
We are having a sale soon.  Never mind this.  Please continue buying as instructed until the sale begins.  At sale time we will tell you what is on sale.  You may not need or want these items, but if you think you might ever need them (and you do), you will never find a better price than when they are on sale.  This concludes our sale announcement.  Please return to your normal buying habits now and await further instructions from us.


I am a Prime member and I received an email two days ago:

Place an order using Prime shipping today and get $10 to shop for Prime Day.

Open email. Real deal:

Spend $25 today, spend $25 on Prime Day, get a coupon for $10 off your NEXT order.

F*ck you, Amazon.
 
2018-07-09 01:26:30 PM  

Unikitty: Spend $25 today, spend $25 on Prime Day, get a coupon for $10 off your NEXT order.

F*ck you, Amazon.


Is that account targeted?  I'd take that deal.
 
2018-07-09 01:35:28 PM  

arcgear: I'd like a mili-ohm meter.  One of those nice-to-have things checking jointed connections, but--much like everything bought on impulse--used twice and taking up shelf space for years thereafter.

It's bad enough having cabinets full of discreet components, wire, solder, test equipment, fluxes, tools, etc...  You other hobbyists know what it's like messing with electronics.  Such a mess.


Yeah. I have a larget inventory of cables, connectors and fittings than any local retail store.  I gotta have a yard sale.

BUT I finally got my round tuit to finish off the third hardware upgrade on my long-planned but unused Hackintosh.  I was able to get the CPU cooler, SSD drives, and M.2 SSD the same day from Amazon with some poor schmuck having to drive it out in his own car.  That satisfies my Veruca Salt  I WANT IT NOW!" ADD perfectly.

//off to dive in while the last part is on the way
 
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