amazon.com has more than given me joy with everything it has to offer.
Written: Jun 10, 2012
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At Christmas time, a few years ago, I was looking everywhere, on-line for certain gifts for my kids, and grand kids. They had asked for some specific items. I was running out of places to find the things they had asked for. I had, in fact, found a few of the things, and had ordered them. Being that I live in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, it is not that easy to find stores of variety to go shopping, without traveling at least 2 or 3 hours. So on-line shopping is such a Blessing for me.
Then one day, I was talking to my sister, who said, Oh I get most of my stuff on amazon.com. I said, "Really?, what is amazon.com?" I had never heard of this place before.
My sister proceeded to tell me that if you name it, you can pretty much find it, and most of the time it is for a less expensive price than the regular stores. So I got off the phone with her and I went on-line and typed into my browser, www.amazon.com It didn't really look like much to me at the time.
As I looked around, I noticed a place to search your item. I began with the first item on my list, I was amazed. There it was, and my item was less than I had anticipated it would be. It wasn't extremely less expensive, but still less expensive none the less.
After I found all the items on my list, I went to check out. Since this was my first time, at amazon.com, they asked me to register. That is pretty standard, I am finding with most websites. They will need your name, physical mailing address, and email address. They will possibly ask you for your phone number, but usually the email address is sufficient. They will have you create a user name and password, for your security, so that no one else can use your information.
At check out, they will let you know what the shipping and handling for your item will be. Now very often at amazon.com, you are not just buying from amazon.com, but from individuals like yourself. For instance if you have some books, or other items that are used, but still in good condition, you can list them at amazon.com, which gives people an option if they don't necessarily need a new copy. That saves you some good money, and it is a good way to recycle products to help save our planet.
The last part of your check out process, is of course your payment. You can have your credit cards saved on the site, for your convenience. If you choose to do that, then you don't have to take it out every time you order something. Also, you are allowed to pay and have items shipped to different addresses if you so choose. That helps us, as my daughter is in Illinois, and I am in New Hampshire.
Because there are people like you and I selling items on amazon.com, It is a good idea to check their ratings. Also, you will find several prices for one item, they are all different, because of the different people selling them. If you see a price much less than the price, you were going to pay, check the shipping charge, for two reasons. If you do buy an item from another person, sometimes that doesn't qualify for the Amazon Prime shipping, so they could be charging you $3.00 or up to $8.00 for shipping, making your price more than if you paid the higher price with your free Amazon Prime shipping. That is one thing I will caution you about. I have never had any problem with any items I have ordered from a person on amazon.com. I think they are screened pretty well.
Amazon has nice feature, called Amazon Prime: It is $79.00 per year. That sounds like a lot, but if you order say 15 items a year, and receive free shipping on those items, you have paid for your shipping. From then on everything you order that qualifies for Amazon Prime, your shipping will be free, included in that they give you free 2 and 3 day shipping. For example, if you had paid $5.00 per each item times the 15 items, it would equal $75.00. Of course you would have to order more than 15 items a year, in order to make that program work for you and save you real money. Also, in addition to just the free 2 and 3 day shipping.
There are other benefits that are included with your Amazon Prime membership. These include unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV Shows at no additional cost. Also included, you have instant access to thousands of Kindle books.
Now, I do not own a Kindle, so that part doesn't pertain to me. I, also have not taken advantage of the unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost.
Even though I have not taken advantage of those last two items, I have benefited from the free 2 or 3 day shipping. I probably in a year, have ordered, at least 100 items. Because I go to amazon.com for all my birthday, Christmas, and other holiday giving times.
Not only do I use amazon.com for my holiday giving times, I also buy a lot of my personal items on amazon.com. For instance I have bought over 15 just the past 6 months alone, that does not include what I bought for Christmas.
I have listed some of the items I have bought in the last 6 months, just so you can see the difference in all the products that I found on amazon.com. It is quite diverse. That is just a small sampling of the thousands of objects available there.
1. Two pet crates
2. A pet playpen
3. An assortment of many books for my kids, and grand kids
4. A root garden for my grandson
5. Martha Stewart edge punch scallop dot (I hope you will check that review) (Big thank-you smiles)
6. Kong squiggles small dog toy
7. nylabone puppy teething ring pacifier, xtra small for puppies under 15lbs
8. nylabone puppy teething rings chew toy
9. Bath and body shower gel, exotic coconut pleasures
10. Bath and body splash, exotic coconut pleasures collection
11. Derwent pencil sharpener this is portable and battery operated, (I hope you will check that review) (Big thank-you smiles)
12. A metal password book organizer with pen for internet usernames and passwords.
13. Imax coasters with stand
14. Litter LockerII Hygenic Soiled Litter Disposal System (I hope you will check that review) (Big Thank-you smiles)
15. Lux TX9000TS Touch Screen 7 day programable thermostat
16. Red Sock Monkey Pilot Ski Cap
17. Conair two and one men's trimmer
18. Harley Davidson earrings (sterling silver)
19. Harley Davidson necklace (sterling silver)
20. Adele CD 19 and Adele 20 CD
These items have been bought just in the last 6 months. I didn't list the 20 some odd books were also bought during the last six months.
So you see, I have more than paid for my $79.00 Amazon Prime Membership. One more big thing that is included in the Amazon Prime Membership, you may have up to 4 other household members who can also use your Membership. That is quite helpful, as well.
In addition to ordering things from amazon.com:
There is Amazon Cloud player, for storing all your MP3 songs. (Oh yes, I didn't include about 30 of those 99cent and some 79cent MP3 songs that I ordered) The amazon.com Amazon Cloud Player, is a place free to store all your MP3's so you can listen to those on your computer anytime.
Everyday on Amazon they have what they call a Gold Box Deal that is usually up to a 55% savings. That deal is good through out the day, and the next day another Gold Box Deal will be available. A lot of times, like now because it is Father's Day time, their gold box deal will be geared towards 'Father's Day Gifts'. and so forth depending on what the gift giving holiday is upcoming. If there is no particular gift giving holiday upcoming, they will put up random items.
I wish I could tell you something about amazon.com customer service, but I have never needed to use them. I actually think that that is a good testament for amazon.com, since I have bought so many items from them over the last 3years.
Their deliveries have been always very fast, and the orders have been very accuate. I have been very satisfied with amazon.com and will continue to go there first for my needs, and so far I have not been disappointed.
I hope this review has been helpful for you to make a decision in whether you would like to use amazon.com.
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What product did you purchase or try to purchase? Over 15 items I have listed in my review.