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How Expansive Is Amazon

May 16, 2011 by

Amazon.com: the Hidden Empire
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J. Murray May 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

What surprised me is their release date delivery on popular upcoming products, like video games and $70 for unlimited 2 day shipping for a year, which includes release date delivery (it also now has unlimited streaming movies from a selection of titles, which go directly to my TV). So, basically, I can get the same product the same day as the brick and mortar store without having to pay shipping or tax, and it’s on my doorstep when I get home, and I also get a 10% discount for committing to the purchase prior to the release, not charged to me until it ships.

It’s a wonder how they stay in business.

George May 19, 2011 at 11:20 am

Unfortunately the federal govt. is already looking for a way to slap that tax on.

Capn Mike May 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

How long before the anti-trust Nazis mess it up?
Not to mention the State level sales tax Nazis.

Michael Orlowski May 17, 2011 at 9:28 am

I have nightmares already.

Ned Netterville May 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm

We live in the woods on the Cumberland Plateau of Eastern Tennessee. A round trip to the nearest shopping mall in Chattanooga costs at least $12 to $15 in gas, and then there are state and local sales taxes that add 9.25%–the highest in the nation, I believe–to the price of everything we purchase at the mall. These cost factors combined with the convenience has us buying a lot of things from Amazon. Since we also firmly believe that all taxation is theft, foiling the sales-tax predators adds pure enjoyment to the other advantages of buying from Amazon.

A year or so ago I was distressed to learn that Amazon was considering opening a distribution center in Tennessee That sounded like the death knell of tax-free purchases from Amazon. However, to get the facility and the jobs for their state, the TN legislators exempted Amazon from charging sales tax on sales to Tennessee residents. Whoppee! That is the only good thing the state legislature has ever done of which I am aware since its inception. O course its one good act was necessary and good only because of the predatory sales taxes it had previously enacted.

billwald May 17, 2011 at 10:59 am

$5 gas could save the USPS. UPS and others use USPS to deliver to small communities.

Marissa May 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Nothing will save the broke, inefficient USPS.

Walt D. May 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm

How much of Amazon’s success is due to the patent/copyright/whatever with the Amazon checkout shopping cart?

Brent May 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Realistically – none. It is simply annoying like all such state-created mischief is annoying.

J Cortez May 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Save for some of the patents garbage, I love Amazon and I buy from them frequently.

MB May 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I do most of my book shopping on Amazon, including used books. I have to be careful with those. If I can get them from Amazon, I can avoid the $4 shipping each.

Alibris is another on-line used book seller aggregate. With them you have to be carefully and try to buy as much as possible from the same seller, or get hit with a lot of individual shipping costs.

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