$8.63 discount on Amazon orders of $50 or higher today…because we like them that much

$8.63 discount on Amazon orders of $50 or higher today…because we like them that much

Well, I’m going to spend some money at Amazon today! You know, actually consciously spend it (using the promo code BIGTHANKS), not just have it go out of the account for a subscription or something. 😉

$8.63 may seem like an odd amount, but there is a specific reason…and it’s a very good one for Amazon customers.

There is a Harris poll for corporate reputation…and Amazon came in #1…again. 🙂

This one, though, set a record: a score of 86.27 on a 100 point scale. That’s the highest in 18 years of the poll. The nearest corporation was Wegman’s with 85.41, and Apple was fifth with 82.07.

So, divide 86.27 by ten, round up, and you get $8.63 which is the discount you’ll actually get, according to the details:

Terms & Conditions (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

For this audience in particular, it’s important to note that it does not apply to digital content (which includes Kindle books) or Amazon gift cards.

I had been considering buying a second charger base for our

Amazon Tap (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

I normally take it to work with me, and running it off the battery for the day has been fine. However, it can now go into “hands-free” mode, which is much more convenient. For example, I’ll set a timer for my lunch break, and be doing floor exercises on a yoga mat (often while watching Netflix in Virtual Reality, or reading on my now discontinued Kindle Fire HDX). If the alarm happens to go off while I am in VR, it’s a whole lot easier to stop it verbally than to get out of VR, and climb up to the desk to turn it off.

Oh, I should digress and explain that climbing thing. I have a chronic condition which makes it hard for me to get up off the floor, among other things. One time, we were at our favorite dog park, and a blind husky knocked me over. There was a husky club there (they go there a lot), and I just naturally expected the dog to avoid running into me…I can’t change directly quickly, but I could have stopped and made myself less of a “target”.

So, the dog knocked me down. People nicely came running over and were worried when I wasn’t getting up right away (I use a cane). I had to amusedly explain that I was fine, and that it always takes me a while to get up. 😉

Anyway, hands-free mode does take more battery charge…naturally, because it has to be actively listening for its “wake word”. Having an

Amazon Tap Charger & Cradle (at AmazonSmile*)

in my office would make things easier. I still have birthday money to spend, and that makes sense. 🙂

That gets me to about $30…and finding $20 won’t be too hard. Hm…dog treats or a dog puzzle or two would do it. 🙂 I’ll check with my Significant Other as well.

Another restriction that will affect my decision: the items need to be sold by Amazon.com, not just fulfilled by them (which lets out some of our dogs’ favorites).

For my readers around the world, note that this is for products from Amazon.com…it won’t apply to your localized sites.

Here is the

Harris site

where you can see all top 100.

I didn’t see a single book publisher on the list, although some of the companies may publish books. There were content creators and distributors (including Time Waner at #88, Netflix at #18).

The sales goes through 11:59 PM Pacific time tonight.

While Amazon is thanking us, I thank them for being thank-worthy. 😉

Oh, and these are the six factors in the poll…note that they aren’t all about what the company can do for us…it’s also what they do for their employees (despite a controversial story not that long ago) and society (and I’m guessing that includes environmental concerns):

  • Emotional Appeal
  • Workplace Environment
  • Products & Services
  • Financial Performance
  • Vision & Leadership
  • Social Responsibility


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. 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! :) 

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 “$8.63 discount on Amazon orders of $50 or higher today…because we like them that much”

  1. Phink Says:

    I used mine for Amazon Prime Pantry items but…..wish I had not.

    I already had a couple $5.99 Pantry credits for agreeing to standard shipping instead of Prime. I got my order ready and typed in my promo code of bigthanks. It gave me the credit but took off my slow shipping credit. I guess you cannot have both. There was no place to take the bigthanks credit back off.

    I thought about calling them but chose not to. I was afraid to simply cancel everything and go another route because once before I got a free $10 Amazon gift card for buying something around Black Friday. I started placing my order but cancelled right before hitting the submit button. The $10 free gift card never did show back up in my account. I called Amazon and it was one of the few times they refused to help me. They said they could not see why I had a free $10 gift card in the first place and said they’d send my case to blah blah blah to be reviewed blah blah blah and I never did get my $10 gift card. So, I was afraid to back out at this point. I was afraid I’d lose the big thanks credit for good and it was around $1.50 more than my slow shipping Prime Pantry credit.

    Most times I chose standard shipping and most times my prime pantry credit for doing so expires. I very much prefer when they offer me $1 digital music/video credit. From now on I’ll take 2nd day delivery over a prime pantry credit. I like Prime Pantry but don’t use it that often.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Phink!

      Interesting! Sometimes, these things are trickier than they appear at first…

      • Phink Says:

        Yes and I’m not one to get upset at a company easily. I often understand that things get complicated and Amazon did not purposely take away my gift card. It was just bad luck but now I’m leery to back out of an order if a coupon or gift card is involved….especially a free gift card that was part of a promo.

        I have been in retail or food service most of my adult working life and on many occasions as a general manager or area supervisor I had to listen to customer complaints and thought to myself while listening ‘if you understood the workings of our company you’d understand the reasoning behind the policy.’ For instance at a certain pizza franchise I ran for a few years a customer might say “I’m willing to pay you extra for driving a measly 2 or 3 miles outside the delivery area. I’ll give you $10 extra. You turning that down is just insane.” They’d be mad but other delivery’s may suffer while my driver is going that extra distance. Service to other customers might suffer and it’s not worth it. Even if it’s dead it’s not a good idea because next time when it is busy they’ll say “you did it before.” Delivery areas have more to do with service than cost of delivering. Both are a part of it but service is the real key. Most customers would not realize that.

        Lots of times it’s just simply what seems obvious is not so obvious once you get knowledge of how the business works. Your tale of you running a book store and independent authors wanting you to sell their book comes to mind. You have said they’d say something like (and I’m sure this is not exactly how you said it) “you can stock my book and if it doesn’t sell you don’t have to buy them. Therefore, it doesn’t cost you anything if it doesn’t sell.” That is not true but for someone that has never worked retail it probably makes sense. Therefore, I often tell myself “there’s probably a reason for it” when I run across a company rule or action or something else that makes no sense to me. For this reason I hardly ever complain or really get upset. I lost $10 but it was free money anyway and no biggie.

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