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Hooked on Amazon Prime?
Easy to see why

Tampa Tribune [FL], by Rich Mullins

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/26/2014 9:02:33 AM

Amazon Prime is like crack, people warn me in hushed, cautionary tones. Once you try it, you’re hooked. I personally have not signed up for Amazon’s premiere, super-duper, fancy-dancy, wave-o’-the-future membership program, even though I’m a frequent customer. But I’m fascinated by the transformation people talk about once they do. “Oh, you’ll see,” they tell me, “you’ll see.” On its face, Prime offers two simple things: Free two-day shipping on most purchases, and access to streaming movies and TV shows. All for $80 a year. Whether or not people need two-day shipping, a few things seem to happen once they


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Reply 1 - Posted by: horacer, 1/26/2014 9:21:27 AM     (No. 9706149)

I´ve been a member since it began. I love it. I never shop at department stores. I don´t remember what a mall looks like. You do impulse shop a lot. I buy 2 or 3 items a week.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 1/26/2014 9:24:50 AM     (No. 9706152)

Yes but UPS and FedEx have jumped into bed with....the US Postal Service.

Sad but true. FedEx ´Smartpost´ is anything but as they trash their history and their reputation by relying on the plodding mailman to make final delivery, with predictable stories of delays, lost packages and inevitable trips to the post office to obtain one´s goods. UPS has a similar program.

It may be smart for both companies as they desperately attempt to keep up with traffic but if the USPS is the answer then the question must have been a dumb one.

Free shipping is often worth what it costs. Given the number of fly-by-night third parties selling on Amazon these days, it´s caveat emptor.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mamafrog, 1/26/2014 9:52:03 AM     (No. 9706182)

One thing that has gotten very little notice is the HUGE number of adaptive devices that are stocked by Amazon. My husband has been going through physical rehabilitation, it has been cheaper to purchase things from Amazon than to rent them for a month from local medical rental supply companies. Amazon Prime has enabled him to be independent and really for $80 a year it is a bargain.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: angelesgift, 1/26/2014 10:00:59 AM     (No. 9706190)

Got a Kindle, got Amazon Prime. Love it, use it, and don´t abuse it. ´nuf said.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JAN, 1/26/2014 10:07:26 AM     (No. 9706202)

Best part is that for my Prime membership I was able to add three family members to the account. They live in other states and take advantage of Prime.

They order camping gear, clothing, kids´ toys, books, vitamins, etc All free shipping all 2 day, until it´s handed off to the post office......sigh. But for the most part the Prime fee is well worth it for our family.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: coldoc, 1/26/2014 10:09:05 AM     (No. 9706203)

UPS has surepost, which drops off packages at the PO. Since we are rural and have no delivery, if our po box isn´t surreptitiously included in our home address by the amazon retailer, we get charged the USPS postage in addition to the UPS included in the original price. That said, we haven´t been to a mall in years but shop Amazon weekly.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: M2, 1/26/2014 10:10:18 AM     (No. 9706209)

It´s brilliant. I´ve had it only for six months and it´s paid for itself twice over at the very least. Lately, more and more items that usually sold through Amazon but charged "shipping and handling", are now being handled through Amazon, which kicks the Amazon Prime into gear. Outstanding.

Now, I won´t buy items unless they ARE on Amazon Prime. It no longer pays to buy third party.

All retail sites could take a lesson from Amazon Prime´s success.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mitzi, 1/26/2014 10:16:05 AM     (No. 9706218)

Another satisfied Amazon Prime member here. No complaints whatsoever in the two years I´ve been a member.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/26/2014 10:19:28 AM     (No. 9706223)

Am absolutely hooked and like 1, got on board at the outset. This last Christmas I shopped in ZERO brick-and-mortar stores. I´m weekend binge-ing my way through 4 seasons of The Good Wife after having watched all of Covert Affairs. Surprisingly less overlap between Prime Video and Netflix than you might expect. Just wish I had kept my AMZN instead of taking the profit.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: sikupnfed, 1/26/2014 10:33:52 AM     (No. 9706247)

Yeah, and won´t the delivery drones be great?
A package delivered via spy cam. Can´t wait.

Not a member here. Can´t really justify it or afford it. 2013 went without too many shipping charges, but 2012? not so much. Would have paid off to join.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: gagolfer, 1/26/2014 10:42:37 AM     (No. 9706258)

I took the free 30 day trial Prime membership 3 weeks ago with no intention of signing up after the 30 days. Now I´m not so sure! I don´t think they can deliver through the P.O. or Surepost because they have guaranteed you 2 day delivery which they can´t guarantee if they have the P.O. actually do the delivery. Every shipment these last 3 weeks has been by regular UPS in 2 days. I love ordering just one item if I want to with no shipping costs to think about and as many shipments as I want.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: trapper, 1/26/2014 10:46:06 AM     (No. 9706260)

Once people sat in their farm houses and poured over the Sears catalog by the light of a kerosene lamp. They made their list, dress for mom, new boots, axe, and a shotgun for dad, shoes and a toy or two for the kids, an entire house, sink and all, for their oldest son, and on their monthly trip to town bought a money order and sent the list and payment off to Sears. A few weeks later it all arrived. Now we order on our cell phones while we sit at a red light.

And NONE of the advances that got us here came from government. ALL of them came from private enterprise, a bright idea coupled with the drive to see it through. And all of it American. That is not just a happy accident.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: North Range, 1/26/2014 10:54:06 AM     (No. 9706271)

I´m another satisfied customer. I´ve had Prime for several years and love it.

I borrow the free books on my Kindle, stream free movies and TV shows, and do much of my shopping on Amazon.

It´s always the first place I look when ordering on the Internet. Returns are easy. You can even have items to return picked up at your house. Amazon has the process down better than any other retailer.

You do need to be watchful of prices and do some comparisons, especially around Christmas. Amazon will sometimes have the highest prices (by a lot) on very popular items that may be scarce. I´m mainly thinking of toys but it also happens with other products.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ok state mom, 1/26/2014 11:15:47 AM     (No. 9706299)

One of the fun things I enjoy with Prime membership is surprising friends and relatives with unexpected gifts. A younger cousin kept mentioning on an outing how her husband wanted a "battery operated fly swatter". I came home, ordered one, and two days later they had the gift including batteries. She thanked me and told me it was so fun getting a truly unexpected present but she was certain the shipping cost more than the purchase. I then explained Amazon Prime and how I´d sent her the 4.99 gift with no shipping.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bona fides, 1/26/2014 11:37:53 AM     (No. 9706330)

I tried Prime, mostly for the streaming movies and TV shows. Not much of a library compared to Netflix.

Since they instituted sales tax and the $35 minimum, I search elsewhere and use eBay a lot more.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: ok state mom, 1/26/2014 11:55:23 AM     (No. 9706352)

#15 Sales tax was instituted in certain states, i.e., Texas but in Oklahoma I do not pay sales tax. When I file my state income tax I do pay a one time "online purchase tax". It is a percent of my income and far less than I would pay in sales tax. My accountant tells me I am the only client that pays this tax.

The purpose of the prime membership is so you do not have to meet the minimum purchase, $35.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: killerbee, 1/26/2014 12:06:28 PM     (No. 9706365)

I´ve been very happy with Prime. I often use Amazon for gift shopping and I´m also a procrastinator. The free two-day shipping is a real help.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/26/2014 12:25:21 PM     (No. 9706397)

Do not, I repeat, do NOT mix Prime with Netflix´ "Radio Paradise" channel ( beautiful photographs mixed with adult alternative music) . For example, last night sitting around the fireplace with an adult beverage and a nice cigar , they featured a wonderful instrumental selection by Trace Bundy on his 12 string. Never heard of him one minute and owned his newest EP album the next- literally!
Been a member for 3 yrs and never looked back.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/26/2014 12:40:44 PM     (No. 9706414)

Excuse the second- I just Youtubed Trace Bundy and must apologize to him . That´s a 6 string- NOT 12. Holy Cow!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: bogiebogie, 1/26/2014 1:14:39 PM     (No. 9706453)

Amazon is the first place I go to research and buy books, craft items, toys, jewelry findings, electronics, cameras and just about anything I need. I stay off the road and avoid going from store to store hoping to find the exact item I want. The reviews are extremely helpful and the prices are the lowest. You also have the opportunity to buy used and third party items at an even lower price. The service is awesome, speedy delivery and excellent return policy. I can even go on Amazon uk and send gifts to my daughter in London with NO shipping charges. Saves me $$$ and makes me happy. Bought Amazon stock a while back and it is up 330%. Amazon rocks!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Lucky4, 1/26/2014 1:31:08 PM     (No. 9706471)

Thanks for the mention of Trace Bundy! I went to youtube and I love acoustical guitar. Beautiful music. Also has prime for years and we love it.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: duhem, 1/26/2014 1:53:51 PM     (No. 9706502)

We´re on it and I won´t renew... the selection of instant movies (i.e. those which are free on Prime) is very limited. Not all things which might be purchased are available for free delivery, and often those which are available are cheaper (including delivery charges) from non-prime sources. If you like British TV instant movies Acorn online has a much better selection.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: OBX Pete, 1/26/2014 2:20:38 PM     (No. 9706530)

I have an Amazon Prime membership and love it. In some cases their guaranteed two day delivery turns into an overnight delivery. That makes the deal even better.

Also, I don´t have to visit a mall and take the chance of getting blown away by some acne-faced punk who is on cocaine and has a double-barreled shotgun.

What a world we live in these days !!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 1/26/2014 2:38:04 PM     (No. 9706559)

I tried ´Prime´ but it did not seem worth it so I cancelled. I don´t order enough goods to take advantage of the free shipping and their streaming stuff was mediocre. I am a fan of Amazon, though. I spend way too much on ebooks with their ´One Click´ feature.

I note more and more merchants are offering free shipping these days (LL Bean, etc.)

On the other hand, some places seem to have jacked up their shipping charge to boost their margins. That loses me as a customer.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: thelmalou, 1/26/2014 3:03:41 PM     (No. 9706588)

I do love me some Amazon Prime.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: doublesharp, 1/26/2014 7:19:06 PM     (No. 9706786)

I´m a Prime member for a couple years now and have been binging on Justified, season 4 and Downton Abbey. I´m not a network tv watcher at all but when I can zip thru commercial free, whats not to like?

Also it´s tax time and I use Turbotax Home and Business. Today´s Sunday paper was full of ads for TT Premier from $79 to $89 but no mention of the more expensive Home and Business. I checked Prime and H&B was $79 plus a $10 instant rebate for Prime customers. I put it on my Amazon Visa and will get 3% cash back on the purchase. Again, whats not to like?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: nonsense, 1/26/2014 8:21:22 PM     (No. 9706823)

I did not plan to get Amazon Prime but clicked by mistake. Anyhow, I remember reading an article that many threatened to cancel their Prime membership since Amazon like everything else in the country is very Left Leaning.

They created a series with John Goodman (don´t remember the name of the show) that was exclusively made to rip Republicans. Guess it was raunchy and nasty. Jokes and references about how stupid Republicans are, etc. So the CEO of Amazon has no respect for Republicans or Conservatives. Sorry my money is going to support this program. I will think seriously about renewing my Prime membership.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/26/2014 10:34:59 PM     (No. 9706889)

Yes, Amazon run by lefties. However, as the Post Office it´s so much worse plus lousy service, no guarantees and surly employees, I am thankful for Amazon Prime and will use them.

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President Obama stood Friday with the Rev. Al Sharpton and accused Republicans of trying to keep millions of Americans from voting, in a fiery speech days after new revelations about Sharpton’s past as an FBI informant. “The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Obama told the annual convention of Sharpton’s National Action Network in Manhattan. Obama’s appearance represented a presidential seal of approval of Sharpton’s role as a civil rights activist, amid the new revelations about how Sharpton used a wire to record

The IRS Scandal Comes Into Focus
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Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/11/2014 6:33:53 AM     Post Reply
Nearly a year into the IRS scandal, we still don´t know exactly what happened—though we are finally getting an inkling. That´s thanks to the letter House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp sent this week to the Justice Department recommending a criminal probe of Lois Lerner. The average citizen might be dizzied by the torrent of confusing terms—BOLO lists, Tigta, 501(c)(4)—and the array of accusations that have made up this IRS investigation. Mr. Camp´s letter takes a step back to remind us why this matters, even as it provides compelling new information that goes to motive and method—and clarifies some of

White House Denies ’09 Fort Hood Victim´s
Request for Meeting With Obama

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ABC News, by Lee Ferran    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/11/2014 6:08:03 PM     Post Reply
As President Obama spoke of old "wounds” at Fort Hood this week, the White House declined a request from a survivor of the 2009 massacre there to meet with Obama for a few minutes so the veteran could explain face-to-face how he believes the government has mistreated and disrespected the victims of that attack. Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford (ret.) was shot seven times in November 2009 when Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood, killing 13 people. Despite Hasan’s admission that he carried out the attack on behalf of the Taliban and revelations that he had been

Jeb Bush defends ‘act of love’
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Politico, by Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/11/2014 12:53:18 PM     Post Reply
STAMFORD, Conn. — Jeb Bush defended his controversial comments about immigration reform, insisting they were nothing new for him and urging “sensitivity to the immigrant experience.” At a Connecticut Republican party dinner Thursday night, the former Republican governor of Florida did not repeat his remarks from last weekend at his father’s presidential library, when he said that people who come to the United States illegally in search of a better life for their children “broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love.” This time the potential 2016 candidate put it differently. “To be young and

Media-Suppressed Nevada Case History
Shines Truth on Government Ranch invaders

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Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 4/11/2014 12:08:32 PM     Post Reply
Coming clearly through the throbbing of helicopters and the roar of the SUVS of the feds harassing the Cliven Bundy Ranch, patriots there for Bundy should “tell it to the judge”. There is mainstream media-suppressed case history in Nevada the feds are desperately trying to keep under wraps. Chief Judge Robert C. Jones of the Federal District Court of Nevada smacked down high-handed, abusive feds, sending the pretend cowboys riding roughshod over Western ranchers and property owners back to their cobweb-laced offices in 2013. In spite of their 200 armed snipers with boy toys in tow, those Stetson-wearing feds hunkering down on Cliven

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