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Round up #181: Amazon “Wish Book”, Echo’s evidence

November 12, 2018

Round up #181: Amazon “Wish Book”, Echo’s evidence

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

“YOU get free shipping…and you get free shipping…and YOU get free shipping…everybody gets free shipping!”

Yep…Amazon’s making like Oprah with the cars, and giving everyone, not just

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

members, free shipping through the holiday season (well, at least as late as you can have holiday gifts shipped for December 25th).

press release

This is on literally hundreds of millions of items.

Don’t worry, Prime members: you’ll get free 1-day shipping on something like three million items.

Is this strictly a competitive move? Well, it is that…it will get some people to buy online who usually buy in brick-and-mortars.

It may also get some people used to the convenience, and then they may decide to become Prime members.

Before we became Prime members, I went through and calculated how much we had spent on Amazon shipping in the previous year. That wasn’t a good indicator of our future satisfaction, though. It turned out that we bought different things when there was free two-day shipping. With two days, we suddenly tended to buy more things from Amazon which we otherwise were buying in brick-and-mortar stores.

There are also all those other Prime benefits, from video to music to photo storage to access to books and more.

Amazon’s “The Best Books of 2018”

I find this interesting every year!

Amazon sent me a press release (not something they do often, I’m afraid) to announce their

The Best Books of 2018 (at AmazonSmile*)

They break it down:

Featured in Best Books of 2018

Best of the Year by Category

By the way, this was amusing: “1-16 of 182 results for Top 100 on Kindle”…that’s like when people say they are committed to something “110%”. 😉 It actually turned out that there were only about 100 results (99, to be exact). 

One interesting thing for me: looking through the top 100 Kindle books, I’ve read…zero of them. A change in lifestyle has meant being more careful with money, so I’ve been reading more older books and books covered by our

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

membership.

I usually do get e-books at gifts, and I did last year…but although I haven’t analyzed it, I’m guessing that the books on the list usually aren’t released in the beginning of the year.

Their number one book?

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

I do want to commend them on their selections! I looked through the science fiction section (it was only logical to do, after all), and it really wasn’t the “usual suspects”. I think the editors make a real effort to create opportunities for discovery…they’ve succeeded. 🙂

Amazon’s 3rd Quarter financials

We were back to what seems like normal to me…Amazon announces absolutely amazing growth for a company this age and this size, and the investors feel disappointed and the stock goes down. 🙂

Operating cash flow was up 57%. Net sales were up 29%. Net income per diluted share was more than ten times what it had been in the same quarter in 2017.

What more do you want, right? 😉

Finance.Yahoo.com chart

It hasn’t recovered yet…but I’m confident it will before the end of January.

Browse the listings of accomplishments in the press release, and I think most people wouldn’t have been surprised 25 years ago if that represented ten companies!

Amazon HQ2 announcement seems close

There are lots of rumors swirling about Amazon’s second headquarters selection…including that they may split it between two cities. It wouldn’t surprise me if we got the announcement this week. People are analyzing everything, including where Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos eats. My intuition is the Northeast, but it will be interesting to get the official word.

Remember the Sears Wish Book?

I remember it being a big deal when we got the Sears Wish Book (basically, a holiday toy catalog). We would go through it, folding pages down, and putting our initials next to things we wanted. That didn’t mean we would get any of them…it was fun, like a game!

This year, Amazon is sending out a physical catalog (in addition to a gazillion TV commercials).

If you don’t want to wait for it (and I doubt everyone will get one), you can get it for free for your Kindle:

A Holiday of Play

A Jury of Your Gadgets?

There were a lot of ways to go with that headline, for sure! 12 Angry Echoes? Alexa for the Defence? Even “I, Echo”?

A judge in Vermont has ordered Amazon to turn over possible Echo recordings from a home involved in a double homicide, according to this

ABC News story by Mark Osborne

and many other sources.

It’s interesting…for one thing, they don’t even know that there are relevant recordings. There shouldn’t be recordings until the wake word is heard, but I suppose that could happen. The article also mentions phone pairing data…that could be helpful in establishing who was there, but it doesn’t just happen if you are passing through. If the perpetrators were known to the people in the home, maybe even if the event happened after a social gathering which involved them, then there could be interesting information.

Have any thoughts on these stories? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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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

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40% off KU and other last minute Prime Day bargains

July 18, 2018

40% off KU and other last minute Prime Day bargains

The first half a day of

Prime Day (and a half) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

had a lot of glitches and crashing…in my family, we saw the “Uh-Oh dogs” a lot!

In fact, we speculated that maybe Amazon would extend Prime Day to make up for it…but we didn’t really expect that.

It seems quite odd that the super powerhouse server provider company (AWS…Amazon Web Services is now almost Amazon’s most important business), with massive algorithms to predict demand, could have been that far off. It was bad enough that some conspiracy theory type things occurred to me…not as likely, but just as possible scenarios (including sabotage, equipment failure…even “false flag” type self-limiting to obscure certain other impacts). I didn’t believe any of those, but my mind is always running down alternative timelines. 😉

Regardless, I wanted to highlight a few bargains available now:

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

This is Amazon’s subser (subscription service) for e-books…normally $9.99 a month for “all you can read” (you can have up to ten books out at a time) from a quite large selection.

If you aren’t a member already, you can get three months for $0.99…how could you not? 😉

If you are an existing member (we’ve been happy members since it started…even though I’ve been less happy lately, since I haven’t been able to use text-to-speech…the only audio choice it will give me is an audiobook, which I know the majority of people prefer), you can also get a discount:

Kindle Unlimited deal (at AmazonSmile*)

You can get 12 months for $80.32 (which works out to $6.69 per month approx.), and it tells you to enter the promo code of PDKU18. You can also select 24 months for $143.86 ($5.99 per month approx.). It doesn’t mention the code, but I’ll enter it. 🙂

You can generally get to the deals through the

Prime Day (and a half) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

so I’ll just mention a few you can find there…double-check the price before you buy it:

  • Alexa Fire TV Stick for $19.99…great way to get Alexa, and we use Fire TV to watch TV just about all the time
  • Echo Dot $29.99
  • The Fire TV Cube for $89.99 (this is $30 off their new, and I think eventually game-changing, device)
  • The Echo Show is still $100 off at $129.99
  • Echo 2nd Gen for $69.99
  • Kindle Paperwhite (still my favorite Kindle model currently available) for $79.99 ($40 off)
  • Echo Spot (love this one!) for $9999
  • $50off the Fire HD 10 (which has Show Mode)
  • I mentioned earlier today: buy an e-book off the top charts and get 75% off another e-book purchase, or buy one other Kindle e-book and get 30% off Buy a Kindle book from the top read and sold charts, get 75% off your next Kindle book purchased by July 31st

Okay, those were all Amazon…but there are so many things! About six hours to go at time of writing…


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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.

Prime Day (and a half) starts today at noon Pacific

July 16, 2018

Prime Day (and a half) starts today at noon Pacific

Amazon’s

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

starts today (Monday, July 16) at noon Pacific. It will continue through midnight on Tuesday, July 17 (just before it becomes Wednesday) Pacific.

There will be lots of bargains, and they won’t all last all day. There are new products being introduced, freebies, all for

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

members (free trial memberships are available).

This year, I’ve had a couple of people bring up personally to me a strike/boycott against Amazon which goes through Prime Day (meaning that some people are not ordering things through Amazon or using their services).

There are quite a few articles on this, and I would say even more buzz on social media. Here’s a Bing search:

Bing search for “Amazon strike”

One person asked me specifically because they thought I could give the best pro-Amazon argument.

I’m not going to argue for or against joining this action: there will be people who are passionate about it on both sides.

Essentially, the initial impetus for this was European Amazon employees stating concern about how Amazon treats them.

What I’ll do is suggest you consider these two questions:

  • Does Amazon treat its employees (European and otherwise) fairly?
  • If you decide they don’t, will boycotting Amazon affect that situation, and if so, how?

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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.

Round up #176: buy a delivery business from Amazon, Prime Day 2018

July 4, 2018

Round up #176: buy a delivery business from Amazon, Prime Day 2018

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

Hold on to your money: Prime Day starts July 16

Amazon has made the official announcement that this year’s
Prime Day (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

will start at noon Pacific Time (3:00 PM Eastern) on July 16th and run through midnight Pacific July 17th…36 hours. That’s why they keep saying it is “Prime Day (and a half)”. 36 hours is 1.5 days.

However, as pointed out in this

press release

sales have actually started today!

For example, the

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

is $100 off (making it $129.99 instead of $229.99) through Prime Day…with an important caveat.

You need to be an

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

member (but you can get a free trial membership).

We’ve gotten great deals in the past (especially on Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)), but this year does really look it will be significantly bigger and better. A few highlights:

  • This year’s sweepstakes (at AmazonSmile*) (which started July 3rd) is amazing, with prizes including $50,000, an Alexa-equipped Lexus, and a SmartHome makeover. There are lots of ways to enter, detailed here (at AmazonSmile*). One way is to visit the Prime Day page when logged into your account and stay there for a minute…I’m not sure how many people realize that they are timing you like that…
  • Giant (really giant) Smile boxes are visiting a few cities, and you can watch online (at AmazonSmile*). My guess? At least one of these will open up to reveal a concert by a top music act which is featured on Prime Music.
  • Free PC games from Twitch…every day through Prime Day
  • Try Kindle Unlimited for three months for $0.99
  • Buy your first Kindle book (there are people who haven’t bought Kindle books? 😉 ) and get a $10 credit for e-books, p-books (paperbooks) and Audible audiobooks on Prime Day

I have an Amazon gift card to spend…but I’m going to wait until Prime Day. 🙂

Did a judge just really expand Fair Use?

I’m not an intellectual property lawyer, but I do follow copyright pretty closely. My natural tendency is to reserve rights for the creator, rather than giving the work to society.

About eight years ago, I explored the idea of making copyright permanent in exchange for much broader Fair Use rights:

Should copyright be permanent?

However, I’m cautious about expanding Fair Use without something in exchange.

Judge Claude Hilton of the Eastern District of Virginia in a recent

ruling

decided that a site which used part of a photograph that it had found on the internet did not infringe upon the photographer’s rights.

Fair Use has a number of factors which makes a ruling a bit complicated in terms of setting precedent, but this one does concern me. I need to look at it more closely…

Wanna buy a business?

There are a lot of ways to make money with Amazon…you can get royalties as an author, you can be a third party seller, you do tasks through Amazon Mechanical Turk, you can be an Amazon Flex driver…and now, if you invest $10,000, Amazon will help set you up with a delivery business!

Amazon says you could make up to $300,000…but of course, you could also lose money.

Even with help, running a business isn’t easy. The old saying goes that when you own a business, the business owns you. Even just as a manager (not owner) of a bookstore, I worked…a lot.

I absolutely think this is a good opportunity for the right people! However, unless Amazon does screen very carefully (and they certainly might), a much bigger number of people will fail than succeed…just like in most businesses.

Little House in the Phantom Zone

There have been a lot of stories and opinions published

news search

about the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), which is part of the American Library Association, renaming the Laura Ingall Wilder Award to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.

They explain the decision in this

statement

For me, the key statement is this:


“Wilder’s books are a product of her life experiences and perspective as a settler in America’s 1800s. Her works reflect dated cultural attitudes toward Indigenous people and people of color that contradict modern acceptance, celebration, and understanding of diverse communities.”


This ties directly into an issue I examined in another article from 2010:

The Chronological Cultural Context Conundrum

I think they probably are doing a safe thing, renaming the award so that it doesn’t tie into a specific person. I would challenge you to name any fiction author who was widely popular at least fifty years ago who didn’t write anything that could be seen as offensive today…

Some Fire Tablets can work like Echo Show devices

The

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

is one of my favorite non-reading Amazon devices…it’s an Echo, but with a screen. Yes, it can show me some commercial videos (movie trailers and such), but I really like how it shows information…and how I can make “videocalls”.

I also like the Echo Spot: I keep one at work.

My Echo Spot is here: it’s cute!

Now, some of the newer Fire Tablets are going to have “Show Mode”, which lets them work like an Echo Show. That includes the videocalls.

Those functions certainly would drain the battery, so Amazon has also introduced the

Show Mode Charging Dock (at AmazonSmile*)

You don’t need that, but it’s going to make things better.

A few really short notes:

I’ve had the Fire TV Cube for about a week:

Fire TV Cube: 1st impressions and menu map

I really like it! It’s not perfect, but it is a whole new class of device. You might think you have enough Echo/Alexa devices, but you might consider swapping out one of your old devices for this one. Look for a bargain (although it may be a bundle) on Prime Day.

My Significant Other and I have both really liked

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni (at AmazonSmile*)

It’s not common that we both like the same book this much.

I’d say the last time that happened was with

Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim (at AmazonSmile*)

Both books are available through Kindle Unlimited…

Not lost in translation…

I haven’t always been pleased with the translations from Amazon’s AmazonCrossing imprint. They’ve often seemed…stilted.

That’s not the case with

A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa, translated by Risa Koboyashi and Martin Brown (at AmazonSmile*)

I have read many translated books in my time, and assuming that this accurately reflects what the author intended (and my intuition is that it does), it reads as very natural English. Not just in the words, but in the use of idiom…”as the crow flies”, for example. I doubt that the Japanese equivalent term has anything to do with crows. 😉

That one is also available through Kindle Unlimited at time of writing.

Have an opinion on any of these stories? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post. My “day job” activities have started to slow down a bit after being super busy…that will help my responsiveness. Oh, and some of you know about our dogs: Elf got bitten by another dog at the dog park recently. Elf will be okay, but it may be a couple of weeks of recovery (and it’s a difficult time for us…by the way, Elf was literally just sitting there and it was unprovoked). That means no trips to the dog park…which gives me back literally a few hours on both Saturday and Sunday. Definitely not worth it, but it is a reality…


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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.

Round up #175: Alexa Kids Edition, Prime will still be a bargain

April 29, 2018

Round up #175: Alexa Kids Edition, Prime will still be a bargain

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

Amazon Prime will be cheaper than Netflix Standard on May 11th

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

is an incredible deal…and that will continue to be true after a price raise effective May 11th for new subscribers (the price increase goes into effect for renewals on June 16th).

The annual price is going up to $119 from $99. Yes, that’s a significant increase: about 20%. The last increase was in 2014 from $79 annually to $99…that’s a bigger increase in terms of percentage, about 25%.

It’s noteworthy, though, that it’s still just about $10 a month ($9.92, approximately). Standard Netflix is $10.99 a month (they have a cheaper one at $7.99…only one screen at a time, and no HD). Hulu is $7.99 a month…ad-supported (with commercials). No commercials on Hulu? $11.99 a month.

Now, that’s comparing apples to oranges…actually, it’s more like apples to the entire produce aisle. 😉

Prime is so much more than just video, and they keep adding more things. Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Prime Video (with HD and up to three at the same time…more than Netflix Standard)
  • Prime Reading (read from a selection of about 1,000 books and some magazines)
  • One free Kindle book to own each month (from a choice of usually six)
  • Unlimited photo storage
  • Free two-day shipping on many orders

and again, that’s not everything.

Even given all that, some people who perceive this as “over $100 a year” rather than “under $10 a month” will quit Prime over this, so why would Amazon do it?

We recently found out that Amazon has over 100 million Prime subscribers. That’s worldwide (and it’s very important to note that there are many more users than subscribers…if we count Significant Others, children, and so on, I would be confident that there are more people using Prime than the population of the United States), and this price change is for the USA. If the price raise was on 100 million subscribers, and it was $20…that’s 2 BILLION dollars. That’s significant, even to Amazon. 😉

They won’t just take that as profit: they’ll invest it in things that make Prime even more attractive to even more people. It’s not going to take much for those Prime buyers to make up the difference for any who do leave over this (which I think will be a tiny percentage).

I will say that if Prime was just video (which it isn’t), I find three major reasons why I don’t watch Prime as much as Netflix or Hulu:

  • For me, discovery is a lot harder…it’s easier to find things I want to watch on Hulu or Netflix. That means that Prime video is pretty much a back-up plan
  • There doesn’t seem like as much selection…Hulu for us is mostly current shows, Netflix is originals (I’m watching the new Lost in Space, for example), but we do watch older things on both
  • Most of you probably don’t care about this, but Prime Video is not available to me in VAM (Virtual/Augmented/Mixed/Merged Reality) space…and I watch video in VR just about every workday (during lunch, which I exercise)

Some of you may be wondering if there’s a way to extend your current Prime subscription at the current price before it goes up. Well, this

9to5 Toys article by Patrick Campanale

has a convoluted method…but there is a comment from someone who said they tried it last time and it didn’t work. It basically involves canceling and buying a gift membership for yourself.

We’re just going to pay the $20 more…

“Keep My Songs” by Monday, April 30

Amazon is no longer going to store your previously uploaded music…unless you tell them to do it before Monday, April 30th.

You just have to go to

Your Account (at AmazonSmile*)

then go to the Music Settings and click the “Keep my songs” button. I listen to music like this a lot…oh, and this doesn’t affect AutoRip music or digital music you’ve purchased…it’s just outside source audio you’ve uploaded.

I know this is late notice, but I think everybody will have gotten an e-mail about it already. I just thought a back-up (so to speak) alert was worthwhile.

Amazon’s 2018 Q1 financials

You can get the details

here

by listening to the webcast recording and/or looking at the slides, but bottom line…they did great! They more than doubled their profit (due in large part to their web services), and sales were up 43%.

According to this

CNN Money graph

the stock is up nearly 3% in the past five days (the webcast was on the 26th)…and more than a third up over the year.

Investors like them…they really like them! 😉

In-Car Delivery

In this

press release

dated April 24th, Amazon announced that Prime members in 37 cities and surrounding areas with certain types of cars (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and Volvo of particular kinds, and a connected car) will now be able to get packages delivered directly into the trunk of their cars…even when they aren’t they.

What they are doing is even better than what I wrote about as a joke in this April Fool’s Day post in 2017:

AFD News: Amazon to open brick-and-mortar department store

This can be a real game changer.

I can certainly see using this at work. With my car parked in a publicly accessible place, they could deliver something into my trunk with a four-hour limit (that’s on delivery day…it’s not that it takes four hours to get there.

Nice!

I can also see this on vacation, parked at a hotel. Of course, it would work at home, too. 🙂

What’s the cost for this service? It’s included in Prime! Worth ten bucks a month now? 😉

Kid-friendly Alexa

This

press release

from April 25th introduces the

Echo Dot Kids Edition (at AmazonSmile*)

and new Amazon FreeTime features for Alexa.

A lot of the parental control features are free, and then there is a paid “Amazon FreeTime Unlimited” tier ($2.99 a month), which gives more content use (certain Audible books, apps).

That’s what they have for Kindle books, too.

They didn’t create a new Unlimited product for Alexa…they added features to the existing plan. If you already subscribe, this is just an expansion of what you get.

This is a clever move…I’d recommend you take a look at the page. Oh, and the $79 for the Kids edition includes a free year of FreeTime Unlimited.

The “Alexa Brain” initiative

Alexa is going to get a whole lot more conversational and useful…and soon.

According to this

TechCrunch article by Sarah Perez

there are some major improvements ahead!

  • Alexa will remember things you tell it, for future recall
  • Alexa will have “context carryover”…in other words, Alexa will be able to stay on topic. If you say, “When was Stephen King born?” and follow it up with, “What’s his newest book?” it should be able to answer that
  • Alexa will automatically launch “Skills” (the Alexa equivalent of apps) that will answer your question…even if you haven’t previously enabled it

Prodigious week, huh? 😉

I’m guessing some of you have opinions about these…feel free to share them with me and my readers by commenting on this post.


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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.

Your annual Prime membership just became a lot more valuable

January 20, 2018

Your annual Prime membership just became a lot more valuable

The pessimist says, “The glass is half empty.” The optimist says, “I have a glass? Cool!” 😉

I know, I know…my headline is one of the very few positive things you’ll see about Amazon raising the month to month

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

price from $10.99 to $12.99 in the USA. If you pay that way for 12 months, it goes from $131.88 to $155.88, an annual increase of $24.

However, they are not raising the annual subscription cost. That stays at $99…meaning that you are now saving $24 more per year.

Interestingly, you can gift three months of Prime for $39…which is actually more expensive than buying it month by month for three months, which would be $38.97.

The discounted student price also goes up a dollar a month (half as much, but about the same percentage) from $5.49 to $6.49.

The month to month Prime video cost, $8.99, is not going up.

The monthly Prime option has only been around for a couple of years, but sure, this will affect some people.

I do want to make sure to say that this

Recode article by Jason Del Rey

is being credited for first noticing it.

My guess on what this means?

I think more people will switch to annual memberships than drop Prime completely, which would make it a net positive for Amazon. No question, they’ll lose some, but the “stickiness” improvement of annual memberships will be worth it.

I don’t think it suggests any systemic problem with Prime, or a likely increase in the annual fee in the near future.

Perhaps they found that people with month to month plans don’t change their buying habits as much in comparison to non-members (and annual plans) as they anticipated.

If I was Amazon, I’d consider “surge” pricing for month to month. In December, you could probably charge $25. In October, discount it under $10…it’s a big advantage to a company like Amazon if people buy holiday gifts early.

Big purchase (and video watching) months, charge more. Slow months, charge less.

At the same time, keep the annual fee to $99, even though some expenses are likely to go up.

I don’t like the student price going up, just sort of philosophically, but it looks like the discount for those on government assistance is staying the same.

What about you? What do you think? Does this affect your perception of Prime? Why do you think Amazon did it, and how do you think it will affect them? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

Oh, and my guess is that more of my readers are annual subscribers, but I don’t want to make that assumption with no data, so here’s a poll:

Interesting! When I was creating options for the poll, I looked for what used to be called “Amazon Mom”, but that doesn’t appear to exist any more. There is “Amazon Family”, which gives you extra discounts on things like diaper, but it didn’t look like a lower monthly or annual payment.


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

Prime the pump…er, pump up the Prime! Amazon announces Best of Prime 2017

January 3, 2018

Prime the pump…er, pump up the Prime! Amazon announces Best of Prime 2017

While Amazon doesn’t disclose a whole lot of numbers, the data they do give us can be fascinating!

In this

press release

they say that more than five billion items shipped (worldwide) with

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

in 2017.

To put that in perspective, there were roughly between five and six billion people on the entire planet when Amazon started. 🙂 I know Jeff Bezos is famously forward-looking, but I’ll doubt the Amazon CEO was anticipating that from the beginning…

That global perspective is important. In 2017, the following countries joined the Prime community:

  • Mexico
  • The Netherlands
  • Luxembourg
  • Singapore

Mexico City alone has a bigger population than New York City!

So, no surprise that “… more new paid members joined Prime worldwide this year than any previous year.”

While some may guess that Prime members tend to be more affluent (in order to afford the yearly charge, and to spend enough to get more out of the savings on shipping), and that may be true, they do embrace the “low end models”. The two bestselling items for Prime members in 2017 were the

Fire TV Stick (at AmazonSmile*)

and the

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

That doesn’t mean, though, that they don’t also own the top of the line! In our household, we own and use two Fire TV family devices, and three Echoes (plus I have an Echo Spot ((at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping)) at work, and I adore having it there…and we have an Echo Tap). I’m guessing many of those purchases were additional devices, and I’m very confident that many of them were gifts.

As to books, the two most borrowed titles in

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

were

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood) (at AmazonSmile*)

and

1984 by George Orwell (at AmazonSmile*)

Both are dystopian fiction (no comment) 😉 , and the former was buoyed by a critically acclaimed TV version on Hulu.

I think the book most gifted by Prime members might surprise you:

Instant Pot Cookbook (at AmazonSmile*)

The

Instant Pot (at AmazonSmile*)

itself is a giant success! It’s being treated as a new innovation…sort of like when the microwave became affordable and commonplace. I got my Significant Other one…and my SO’s best friend also got one. 🙂 We aren’t going to use that cookbook, though…there were 226 vegetarian Instant Pot cookbooks in Kindle Unlimited, so my SO will start with one of those.

That’s just a bit of the press release…it’s worth checking for other Prime related facts.

Prime makes people happy, in my experience…and I like to say that happy customers are Amazon’s most important product. Of course, some people say it’s web services, but potato, potahto. 😉

We are on vacation today with our dogs, celebrating a big anniversary…my SO stepped out of the hotel room, and we’ve worn the dogs out with three walking trips…just today.

Oh, by the way: I bought the

Juvo Products Premium Cane Tip with Extra Wide Base (at AmazonSmile*)

really to have it for the trip, and I love it so much I bought two more for my other canes! It’s been great in the sand at the beach and on rough terrain…and it lets my cane stand up by itself. I’ve started taking pictures of my cane standing places, showing where it travels. 😉 I’ll share one after we get back. Shipped, it’s under $10, which is a great deal. I don’t know how durable it is yet, but it seems reasonably tough.

Hope you are enjoying the new year! I’m still working on some retrospectives (one for this blog) for 2017, but should have them done before Monday.

Oh, one last thing: I was a little disappointed that I only had three authors in today’s Bookish Birthdays, but I figured that Isaac Asimov (Foundation) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) counts as at least ten ordinary authors. 😉


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

The Amazon-Whole Foods era starts tomorrow (Monday August 28): what to expect

August 27, 2017

The Amazon-Whole Foods era starts tomorrow (Monday August 28): what to expect

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods closes tomorrow, Monday August 28th.

Generally, when Amazon has taken over a company, customers haven’t seen a whole lot of changes.

That’s not going to be the case this time…and I think, mostly for the better.

That’s especially true for

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

members.

A lot of focus when the deal was announced was on how Amazon was going to market their website and services at Whole Foods (even with speculation that they would convert some stores into fulfillment centers and/or pick up locations). I didn’t see as much talking about what changes current Whole Foods customers would see.

Well, in this

press release

Amazon gives us some solid information.

Lower prices

That happens right away…on Monday. Not on everything, but on a “selection” of what they call “best-selling staples”. They are listing some kinds of produce. This will be a welcome change for many people. We shop at Whole Foods every week…and at Safeway and Trader Joe’s, and less often, at Sprouts. 🙂 We are vegetarians and low carb (we have pretty healthy diets) and one disadvantage of that is having to shop more often (since you tend to eat more perishable foods). We’ll save some money this way. This feels a bit like when Amazon started the Kindle store, and discounted some bestsellers to $9.99. Some people misunderstood that as $9.99 being the maximum for any e-book, but they never said that. 🙂 I suppose there may be some people who walk in expecting Costco prices now, but I think that will be uncommon. Some people will actually be put off by Amazon lowering the prices. As the former manager of a brick-and-mortar bookstore (and with other retail experience), I know that there are people who want to pay luxury prices for luxury goods. That’s not the case for most people, though.

It’s possible that people will need to stop jokingly calling it “Whole Paycheck”. 😉 It may also change the clientele a bit, possibly. This is a funny (but not entirely safe for work) video which I thought did capture some of the feel of Whole Foods:

(It’s Getting Real in the) Whole Foods Parking Lot YouTube video

If that does feel does start to change, it wouldn’t surprise me to see current Whole Foods employees quit to start another high-end (maybe even higher end) grocery store. I think they would have a tough time making that work, but it could happen.

That’s not to say that I think Whole Foods will start feeling like an Albertsons…but it may become more affordable.

Whole Foods house brands available through Amazon

This one isn’t a benefit in the store, but it does help Amazon customers and it expands the reach of Whole Foods. We’ve certainly bought these, including Whole Paws (pet food/treats). One interesting piece of this is that these aren’t just becoming available though Amazon.com, but will also be part of AmazonFresh, Prime Pantry, and Prime Now (one hour delivery, in some places).

Here is some information from Whole Foods on those brands:

Whole Foods Market Our Product Lines

This just seems like a plus all around, except that some people were probably drawn into the physical stores to get those products. People can become very loyal to their grocery brands, and my understanding is that it is better not to change your dog’s food very often.

Amazon Lockers in Whole Foods Markets

This is also something which we currently use, and like a lot.

The basic idea is simple: you have your Amazon items sent to a locker location, then pick it up there (instead of at home or at work) with a code. You can see what they look like in this article of mine:

Amazon Lockers come to a Safeway near us

I was being funny when I said they would be made out of sustainably harvested bamboo at Whole Foods…but I do think they could have a less, um, bold color scheme. More in greens and browns would fit in better, and maybe with leaves painted on them.

Not everything can be sent there, and there is a size limitation.

We’ve had packages stolen from our doorstep, so we have our Amazon packages either sent to my Significant Other’s work or to an Amazon Locker (I don’t really have a place for outside packages to be delivered at work).

Now, it’s interesting to note that the Locker we currently use is in a Safeway. I don’t expect them to close the Safeway ones to make people go to Whole Foods. Our Safeway is open 24 hours, which is why this works well for us. However, we would start having some things sent to the WFM locker instead. Hm…maybe they would close the Safeway ones, but they aren’t exactly direct competitors on most things…they are more complementary.

Amazon Prime as the Whole Foods Customer Rewards Program

I’m reporting this one last, because it is perhaps the most significant.

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

members will (eventually…this is an infrastructure change) get discounts and other benefits (exclusive items, bulk discounts perhaps). It will also become a rewards program for Whole Foods Market: you know, buy ten artichoke goat cheese pizzas, get one free. 😉

I don’t know that this will get the average Amazon Prime member (paying $99 a year, usually) to start shopping at WFM…but it might get people who shop at WFM to become Prime members (especially for exclusives). I do picture the most wealthy people getting groceries from Whole Foods, but not necessarily as being Prime members. This may get them to start.

One question, which Lady Galaxy, one of my regular readers and commenters already asked: how will they know you are a Prime member? Prime members already get discounts at Amazon’s physical bookstores (one just opened in San Jose, which is in my area, and another one is opening in Walnut Creek in the San Francisco Bay Area before the end of the year), so they have that figured.

They could do it by the Amazon shopping app on your phone. You could have it scanned at checkout, or it could just recognize it when you walk into the store through Bluetooth…sort of like Minority Report. 🙂 They could also have you just enter your e-mail address and Amazon password at check-out. Eventually, not right away, they could try what they have been testing with Amazon Express: checkoutless stores, where you use your phone. You could even pay for your groceries with your Amazon payment methods, hypothetically. They would likely always offer alternative, more traditional ways to pay, though.

There you go! Those are probably the biggest changes! Some things will stay the same, which as I mentioned is what Amazon does. It will continue to have the Whole Foods Market name. John Mackey will remain CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Whole Foods, and it will continue to be headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Gee, since it’s staying as Whole Foods, maybe they can refer to it as Amazon-Whole Foods, and when that synergism creates great things, they can say it is AWFul! Oh, wait a minute…on second thought… 😉

What do you think? Are you a Whole Foods customer now? If not, would this change that for you? Will you order WFM house brands through Amazon. If you walk into a Whole Foods Market and you see a display of Fires and Echo devices, how will you feel? I was thinking they could chain Kindles/Fires to the tables (with software limitations), so you could use them when you sit at the table to eat from the hot bar…good idea? Feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post.


Bonus: want to see one of our dogs do something cute and smart? “Treadmill, Elf!” at YouTube

My current Amazon Giveaway:

We Can Do It! giveaway

That’s for a chance to win my sibling’s book:

We Can Do It!: A Problem Solving Graphic Novel Guide for General Physics (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

*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 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.

Try Prime Reading and maybe win a Kindle Voyage

May 8, 2017

Try Prime Reading and maybe win a Kindle Voyage

Are you a member of

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

?

No, wait, wait! Too loud! Maybe just answer if you aren’t a member. 😉

Well, there are all sorts of benefits to Amazon’s membership program…free speedy shipping on lots of items, Prime Music, Prime Video, and (relatively new) is

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

You can read books, magazines, and with a recently expanded selection, comics, at no additional cost.

I’m going to make some suggestions for this month, but before I do, Amazon is giving away a

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

4.3 stars out of 5 stars with 12,223 customer reviews, and normally $199.99 (although currently on sale for $179.99).

That’s the Kindle EBR (E-Book Reader) on which I read the most right now.

Here are some of the key points for the sweepstakes:

• Eligibility. If you are an individual legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and are the older of 18 years of age or the legal age of majority in your state of residence at the time of entry, you are eligible to enter the Sweepstakes. Our employees and employees of Promotion Activators, Inc. (“Promotion Activators”) and our and Promotion Activators’ employees’ immediate family members (spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren), and our and Promotion Activators’ affiliates, advisors or advertising/promotion agencies (and their immediate family members) are not eligible to enter the Sweepstakes.

• Sweepstakes Period. The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:01 a.m. (PT) on May 6, 2017 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. (PT) on May 13, 2017 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).

• How to Enter. To enter, during the Sweepstakes Period you must enter via either Entry Method #1 or Entry Method #2 below:

• Entry Method #1: Existing Amazon Prime members who are eligible for digital benefits will automatically receive one (1) entry when they download any book or magazine through Prime Reading to a compatible device. Prime Reading is a free service available to Amazon Prime members. You can access Prime Reading by visiting https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/prime-pr, selecting a book or magazine, choosing the Kindle option on the product page, and selecting “Read for Free.” Kindle Unlimited members who are also Prime members can also be entered by renting a Kindle Unlimited book or magazine that is available through Prime Reading.

• Entry Method #2: To enter without an Amazon Prime membership or downloading a book or magazine through Prime Reading, you may send a 3×5 card with your complete name, address, e-mail address and phone number to Prime Reading Sweepstakes, P.O. Box 6009, Morton Grove, IL 60053. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by May 13, 2017 and received by May 17, 2017 to be eligible. Limit of one (1) entry per person using only one (1) e-mail address throughout the Sweepstakes Period, regardless of entry method. You may not use multiple Amazon Prime customer accounts or e-mail addresses to enter the Sweepstakes, and entries submitted through multiple accounts or e-mail addresses will be disqualified.

Sweepstakes Terms (at AmazonSmile*)

It’s not clear from that if downloading a comic book counts…my guess is that it does, but I’m not sure.

Okay, here are some suggestions for you for Prime Reading May 2017!

Unless otherwise noted, these are also available at no additional cost for members of

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

Amazon’s monthly subser (subscription service). My guess is that all of them will be available through KU, which has many times the number of titles, but it’s possible some (the Marvel comics?) might not be.


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: 4.2 stars out of 5 | 4,293 customer reviews

There is currently a much buzzed about series on Hulu based on this dystopian novel…so if you want to read the book pre-binge, you can!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (illustrated by Mary GrandPré)

Ready to read it or re-read it? 4.7 stars | 14,352 reviews

Current magazines include:

  • Consumer Reports
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Family Circle
  • Wired
  • Us
  • National Enquirer

and many more!

Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal (comic book)

There are 20 titles in the Marvel Comics in Prime Reading category right now…comics, of course, will probably look best on a tablet (although people do read them on phones and laptops/desktops).

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson #1) by Rick Riordan

4.7 stars | 4,107 reviews

The Color of Secrets by Lindsay Jayne Ashford (audiobook narrated by Heather Wilds)

This is just one of 49 titles this month that has an audiobook with it. You can download it and then just listen to the audiobook, if you want…and those are often pretty expensive.

That gives you some different possibilities. Here’s a list of some more books in PR this month…just ones that caught my eye:

  • Breakthrough by Michael C. Grumley (over 5,000 reviews | 4.4 stars)
  • Bright Side by Kim Holden (4.8 stars, over 2,000 reviews)
  • The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
  • The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer and Pierre A. Lehu (Dr. Ruth was recently interviewed by Len Edgerly on The Kindle Chronicles podcast)
  • Whisper My Secret: A Memoir by JB Rowley
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (4.5 stars | 7,525 reviews)
  • The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children Mysteries Book 1) by Gertrude Chandler Warner and L. Kate Deal (really beloved British children’s series)
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Richard Howard
  • Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliott (4.5 stars | 3,993 reviews)

Those are just a few of the more than 1,000 titles! If you have other suggestions for Prime Reading for me or my readers, feel free to let us know by commenting on this post.

Enjoy!


My current Amazon Giveaways:
Star Wars Day through 40 years of Star Wars!
Giveaway by Bufo Calvin
  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:
    • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
    • Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
    • 18+ years of age (or legal age)

Giveaway:
https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0ce7b24b32a4a670

Start:May 4, 2017 6:32 AM PDT
End:Jun 3, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

It’s going on that long in part so that it covers the actual 40th anniversary of Star Wars (of the release in the USA) on May 25th 2017. Also, this book, which has good reviews and is new, is $14.99 in the Kindle edition…which is a lot for me for a giveaway. 🙂

Good luck, and may the Force be with you!

347 entrants at the time of writing

LAST HOURS FOR THIS GIVEAWAY!

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

1 winner

Requirements for participation:

  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Kris Calvin on Amazon (you’ll be notified when future books are added to Amazon…I think that’s the only contact you get, although I’m not positive)

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/ffab73bbd6512571 

Start:Apr 30, 2017 9:46 AM PDT
End:May 7, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

Friday only: Prime for new members for $79

November 18, 2016

Friday only: Prime for new members for $79

This is a rarity, but new Prime members can sign up for $79 for the year starting Friday at 12:00am ET and ending at 11:59pm PT. They can do that by going to

http://www.amazon.com/thegrandtourprime

I say “they”, because I’m not part of that group, already being a happy Prime member.

Whether you get that discount or not, joining

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

gets you a lot of stuff!

It used to mostly be about free and reduced price shipping…and it still is. 😉

However, they have continued to add many benefits, and content is a big part of that.

You want to read Kindle books? You can borrow from a rotating group of (currently) over 1,000 titles, including these, all of which I’ve read and would recommend:

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hobbit (Lord of the Rings) by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
  • The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury by Bill Watterson
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

You can also get a free book to own each month from a small selection of books to be published by Amazon the following month (Kindle First).

How about magazines? Just a slice of the included offerings…

  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Vanity Fair
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Time
  • Reader’s Digest
  • National Enquirer (and people won’t be able to tell you are reading it) 😉

Music? More than two million choices! When I’m at work, I listen to at least one birthday artist…and Prime always comes through for me. Recently, that’s included:

  • Gordon Lightfoot
  • Cleo Laine
  • Petula Clark
  • Sean Combs (although I had to snap that off quickly, because it wasn’t “safe for work” and my coworkers can hear my music) 😉

Now, that might make it all sound like older stuff, but it impresses me that they have that. Popular albums include

  • 25 by Adele
  • Hamilton
  • Trolls
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Storyteller by Carrie Underwood

Prefer visual entertainment?

  • Spectre
  • Mr. Holmes
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • Sicario
  • Room
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Grimm
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Orphan Black
  • The original Star Trek

Close to 30,000 videos!

Are you (or someone on your account) a gamer? There is a special Twitch part of Prime…this month, it’s WATCH DOGS 2.

That’s just part of Prime…seems well worth it to me, and it does make a great gift. 🙂

Give the Gift of Prime (at AmazonSmile*)

Many more bargains coming from here to the end of the year!

Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard our new The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project! Do you have what it takes to be a Timeblazer?

* 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

 


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