Links to cool stuff for a quarter!

Links to cool stuff for a quarter

All in color for a dime! No, that’s not it. Lots of quarters given! Nope. Um…putting in their two bits! Nah…

This one doesn’t need a clever headline, and I’m not sure how long it will last, but I did want to make this easy for you.

wrote yesterday about how Google had started Google Play:

They are promoting this with popular items for twenty-five cents!

It’s now saying “four days to play”, so it’s possible that this will end at that point…but it’s hard to tell.

The nice thing is that Amazon is price-matching. Yep, if you’d rather get your stuff from Amazon, you can do that…at that quarter!

The hard thing is that Amazon is, not surprisingly, not promoting these deals. I’d be sure they are losing money on them, but by having this price-matching, they are probably making money in the long run by keeping us as loyal customers. 🙂

What I’ve done is done searches to find the twenty-five cent deals.

Not everything that is a quarter at Amazon is on one of these deals, but I think this will help you find them. Just click these links each day…until it stops, if it does.


Twenty-five cent Kindle books


Twenty-five cent Amazon MP3 downloads

Video rentals

Twenty-five cent Amazon Instant Video rentals

Unfortunately, I haven’t found a good way to do a search like that for apps, but they are price-matching those, There are ones for a quarter, and ones for forty-nine cents. You can see what’s on sale at that Google Play link above, and then look them up on Amazon. I wanted to spare you that with the others. 🙂

Oh, here are the

sale apps at Google Play


I also want to mention that I started the searches at

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

5 Responses to “Links to cool stuff for a quarter!”

  1. Tom Semple Says:

    Note that Google MP3s are 320kbps, whereas Amazon’s are 256kbps. I am not sure I would be able to tell the difference in a controlled test, but it definitely plays on my mind, to the point where I’ll probably be spending my 25¢ on Google MP3s.

    I find that the limited 25¢ promotions are psychologically more compelling than ‘free’. There’s lots of free stuff, and its too time consuming to sort through it all. I’m finding that the 25¢ offers are much harder to resist, at least for me.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Tom!

      I went for the Amazon versions, because I like the free storage…although I know Google has some of that as well.

      I agree with you on the twenty-five cents versus free. I think there is a sense that these are really on sale for a limited time, whereas free might always be free. There is a great experiment in

      Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

      that illustrates how people don’t want an opportunity to go away. If you have a series of “doors” and click on them for rewards, and one of them strongly tends to have lower rewards but will lock forever if you don’t click it some times, people will click on it enough to keep it around…even though they lose the chance to click on a likely higher value door that round.

      I think that’s akin to what we are feeling.

  2. Bufo Calvin Says:

    Thanks for writing, jbgator9!

    That’s great to hear! I really appreciate you taking the time to tell me. 🙂

  3. Tom Semple Says:

    The 25 cent promotions appear to be history. “Moneyball” was the offer yesterday, and I noticed that Amazon didn’t match it (I’d already borrowed it via KLL anyway). This afternoon, there are no more 25 cent offers. I’m going through withdrawal, though I am richer by a few MP3 albums, ebooks, and video rentals yet to be enjoyed.

    What was the point? I thought Google was on to something to keep people coming back. But I guess it was just a limited time promotion for Play, or an experiment of some sort.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Tom!

      Yep…I’d mentioned that countdown clock: “5 days to play…4 days to play…”

      Well, those days are up and the game is over…

      I’m sure it was just to get initial exposure. They were losing money to buy market share.

      It didn’t work with me…the ones I got, I got price-matched from Amazon.

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