This just in: I’m a huge Amazon fan. I buy all kinds of stuff online and love the fact that I can get everything delivered to my doorstep in 2 days. Shipping is always free…or is it?
The other day, my wife asked me to buy a certain type of mouthwash. It was seawater or something like that. I found it on Amazon and bought it in about 3 microseconds. Two days later, it shows up and I give the package to my wife. She opens the package and says, “Did you know you just paid $23.63 for something I can buy anywhere for about $6?” Stunned, I did a little research online and she was right. It actually cost me $10 to send it back but in the end, that $10 plus $6 for the product still saved me a lot of money.
Since then I have been paying attention. The other day, I was at a sporting goods store for camping gear. I saw a pop-up trash can for $10. I had no idea if this was a good idea so I checked Amazon where the exact same thing was on sale for $15 and claimed to be marked down from $20. A few days later, during Amazon’s “Prime Day” sale, the same product had been marked “down/up” to $23 because…you know…there was a sale.
Next, I was driving around somewhere and it occurred to me that if I invented a hand-held carpet shampoo device, I would be rich. First…check the internet to see if this has already been done. Turns out it has. There are two versions that seem to be popular. One is $70 from the manufacturer and is also $70 on Amazon. The other is $80 from the manufacturer and $100 on Amazon.
Now, to be clear. I love Amazon. I love the convenience. I love the idea of being able to find something that I would otherwise have no idea where to buy it. I once needed a 9-inch bolt with two 45 degree bends in it to mount an air filter in my 31 year old Jeep. Amazon had it.
I have only just started comparison shopping and thus far…Amazon is either equal in price or more expensive than the competition.
So, buyer beware..
Having said all of that, I remain a Jeff Bezos fan if for no other reason than he is saving the series The Expanse. Plus…his Washington Post is a voice of reason in a world where “reason” is losing its luster.
Time to save the world.
Up, up and away…