Shop ’til it helps! Use AmazonSmile today

Shop ’til it helps! Use AmazonSmile today

Are you planning to shop at


I’d like you to reconsider.

Oh, this isn’t an anti-Amazon thing!

You can still shop at Amazon (and I’m sure many of my readers will on this Black Friday)…I’d just like you to think about using this other Amazon site:

Your shopping experience will be the same.

The bargains will be the same.

Your payment methods will be the same.

The items are the same items.

It’s the same account: buy a Kindle book from AmazonSmile, and it’s the same as if it you bought it from Amazon.

The difference?

You pick a non-profit (from thousands and thousands of choices), and Amazon donates half a percent of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to that group.

It’s that simple to help.

You can change your non-profit choice whenever you want.

Half a percent may not sound like much, but if you spend $100, your designated group gets fifty cents. If ten people spend $100 and have picked that group, they are up to $5.

I’ve been on the board of a non-profit: every penny can help. Organizations can often use money like that to reach out to larger donors.

We use AmazonSmile for purchases…and we feel good doing it.

For the month to date, about 30% of the purchases (based on amount spent) using ILMK** have been at AmazonSmile…I’d love to see that go up.

I’m sure you could find some group you’d like to help.

For example, I put “literacy” into the search box, and got 6,209 results.

In my family, Black Friday is a tradition…and a big part of it is buying toys for Toys for Tots. It’s a great time to get the mainstream, popular toys for kids who might not otherwise get them. Even a child in need has heard of Frozen, or Superman…it can make them feel more “normal” to have them.

Yesterday was Thanksgiving: and we are thankful for our ability to help others. If you are going to shop at Amazon today anyway, you also have that ability.

You can search at AmazonSmile. Alternatively, if you find something at, just change the “www” to “smile”…that will do it. So, becomes…and you help out a cause you choose.

Amazon has devices on sale:

These will be Amazon’s Black Friday device specials

I provide links both to and to AmazonSmile in my posts…I do think people should be able to choose whether they want to support something or not (that makes it more meaningful).

They have some great deals, both on fiction and non-fiction, in the

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)


Books (for $1.99 each…about a penny to your chosen non-profit for each one, and yes, that matters) include:

  • The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  • Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Burmese Days by George Orwell
  • Several Ruth Galloway mysteries by Elly Griffiths
  • The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
  • Fast Food Nation by Erik Schlosser
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
  • Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe by Jane Goodall

If you’ve never used AmazonSmile before, today might be a good day to start…and to make it a habit.

Enjoy your day…and perhaps help others enjoy their futures.

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* When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

** I don’t know about all the purchases inspired by ILMK, and I don’t know who bought what. I just get some aggregate figures

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them


3 Responses to “Shop ’til it helps! Use AmazonSmile today”

  1. Malcolm Northrup Says:

    Strange Bufo, but I just bought The Mosquito Coast and it is $9.99. I’ll probably keep it but I used your links to the 1.99 deals and got that $9.99.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Malcolm!

      That’s weird! It definitely shows as $1.99 for me. Are you in the USA?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Oh, I’m sure you know this, but you can return that within seven days for a refund. Perhaps there is more than one edition?

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