Sunday, December 29, 2013
Someone asked about the Amazon links I toss in on posts occasionally. Here's the whatsists and whyforths......
I've been an Amazon Prime 'member' for years now. That's a program where one gets two day shipping on most things without charge, even on an item of only a few dollars. This has shaped my shopping habits tremendously, as I simply won't bother going to the store when I can get the same thing shipped to my door for free, and at the same price or lower than buying local.
That means NO MORE WALMART for me, or it's equivalents. Certainly I still support local family owned specialty shops, like Collectors Gun Store, but the big boxes can live without my custom.
I once apologized to the UPS driver for all the packages he drops on our rural porch. He responded "Dude, this is my JOB. I LIKE my job. Order more!"
In addition to the free shipping, the prime membership gives me unfettered access to a large amount of video entertainment on-line. This is piped directly into my TV through the blu ray player.... which I bought on sale at Amazon (lol).
Our home has basic cable now, in package with the internet service. We have no desire for anything more than basic, since we have Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix filling in just about everything we wish to see. Better, on shows I like I can watch entire seasons at a time, without commercials, rather than being doled a small gob of the show with a heaping helping of mind numbing blather.
Why the links? Because I am also signed up as an Amazon Affiliate. When people buy things through the links I post, a small percentage goes towards a monthly gift card, which I then use to buy stuff for home. It might be toys, but more likely it's just needful things like food, or books.
Yes, it's a bit like being assimilated.... but it's mostly like taking part in a capitalist marketplace where good ideas and business practice attracts money by offering value.
I can quit anytime. Really.... I can..... lol.
If you wish to try a sniff at Amazon borghood, here's a link to a free 30 day trial. Knock three times, and tell them Art sent ya....... Join Amazon Prime - Free 30 day trial