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Something is rotten in the State of Amazon
It can't be easy- battling with Big Five publishers, buying legacy daily newspapers, designing drones- so maybe that's why the main business of amazon.com has proven itself so crappy for me in recent months.  Both times, their model worked great- for them.  I found music I loved, bought it through the "auto-rip" feature so I would have the songs immediately, also paid for the physical CD, and then found enough other stuff to get my order up to the $35 minimum for free shipping.

Last time, it was three things: the one autoripped CD and two pre-orders. One, of Orphan Black season 2 (released in mid-July); the other, the hardcover of my friend Lindsay's second novel (released on July 31st).  The first two shipped together, and arrived just about on the official release date of the DVD set, but they didn't bother to bill my card for, or ship, Lindsay's book until two days after its release date, so I didn't get it until after I'd been to NYC and back when I might have had a chance to congratulate her and have it signed.

Must be the pre-order complication then, right?



Earlier this week, a friend tipped me off to an amazing collection released last month, covering songs by Laura Nyro; a good review of it can be found here:


I thought about a bop into the Bop Shop to see if they had it, but I succumbed to the great God Bezos again, who said it was auto-rippable. It took a download of its music-specific app to get it this time, but I got it; Eleanor loves it, describing the listening to a truly religious experience.  No problem with that, then, but the physical delivery? I again needed two things to get to $35, and quickly found them.  John Hiatt also has a new album out, which I've heard quite a bit of on out-of-town NPR,so I ordered the CD of that with the auto-rip, as well. For the rest of the $35 minimum? Oddly enough, Eleanor was looking for a pop-up version of Alice in Wonderland. She discovered it on a Youtube about a phenomenon called ASMR, which both she and Emily have experienced for most of their lives and now understand by name.  I found it quickly and added it to the order (not before joking that the hardcover was out of stock but I was able to find the Kindle;).

And there it remains.  I paid nothing for shipping and am apparently getting exactly what I paid for: Amazon is not even preparing the order for shipping until September 29th, and that's when the 5-7 days start to run.  This is not a pre-order problem; all these physical copies exist, and appear to be in stock.  Our anniversary is the 26th, and I'd hoped to have at least the book in hand by then.  Which I totally might; I understand the marketing trick of overestimating wait times and then beating them, but what reason could there be to not even begin processing an order for over two weeks after it's placed?

With the last order, I wondered if it was an offshoot of Amazon's current fighting with Big Five publishers over its monopoly. But Lindsay's novel is from a Penguin imprint, and the current delayed pop-up book is Simon & Schuster. Neither is part of the spat with Hachette that has caused major delays and denials in getting authors' works to the Amazon market.  Or maybe they're just trying to push me into Prime by reducing the value of the "free" shipping.

It's enough to make you want to ::gasp:: go to a bookstore or a record shop.  Hmmmmm.....
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yesididit From: yesididit Date: September 13th, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
i was in a book store recently! my mom got two gift cards to barnes and noble upon her retirement from work. i wrote down 6 titles to look for at the library. mom bought 5 books.

the last two times i bought stuff from amazon, i had to really look hard to find stuff that qualified for the free shipping. i could find stuff that had free shipping, but not 'amazon free shipping' so they didnt contribute to my $35 amount. it was irritating.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: September 13th, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've used a site that collects odd small items to add on to beat the rap. Now there's this one, which matches items close to the exact price you need.
yesididit From: yesididit Date: September 13th, 2014 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
DUDE! that link is AWESOME! i bookmarked it and will totally be trying it out next time i buy from amazon! thank you!

Edited at 2014-09-13 08:42 pm (UTC)
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: September 13th, 2014 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're very welcome- although the price I sampled seemed to have a buttload of single spark plugs (which don't work well with an electric car).
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