The following Weblog items are filed under the Shopping category. There are 41 entries in this section. The earliest was published on April 11, 2012 and the latest entry was filed on September 26, 2012. If you have any comments about Shopping please let me know!
September 26, 2012
Best Buy Shopping
Recently the media has been talking about how Best Buy has become the show room for Amazon.com buyers. They are right for a lot of situations. Here's an example:
Last month during the tax free weekend in Massachusetts, we decided to get a new digital camera. We decided to check out a couple of stores to see what they had in stock for SLR camera.
Our first stop was Office Depot, we were also there for stationary shopping, and they had a fairly small selection. In fact the sales person didn't try to sell us any camera. They did asked if we needed help but were clueless to the details of the different cameras they had in stock.
The next stop brought us over to Best Buy in Framingham. We spent time looking at various SLR cameras but found them to be too complex and we decided that changing the camera lens isn't something that we were going to do on a regular bases. In looking at various point and shoot cameras, we found a nice Sony HX200V camera. We were impress with the zoom, in fact we were able to zoom to a ladder half way across the store and easily read the words on the steps.
I quickly looked up the price of the camera and saw that it was $80 cheaper on Amazon. We talked to the sales person about this and they told us that they would price match cameras on a case-by-case bases. When I showed him my iPhone with the price, he took out his phone did a quick search and walked away. He came back and said that he would price match Amazon.
We were very impressed with that. We saved a lot of money and was able to get the camera right away. We had no idea of the exact camera that we wanted and was able to get the lowest price available. We probably wouldn't have gotten that camera if we didn't have the opportunity to play with it and compare it to other cameras. We liked the features of the camera and how it fits in our hands.
The moral of the story is when you go to Best Buy, don't be afraid to ask if they price match to Amazon, or other online retailers.
September 25, 2012
Recently I have been getting the following text messages from Verizon:
FREE VZW Message. 2nd notice: Your Pix Place account has been inactive for 170 days.
Thank you Verizon. I am pretty sure that if I haven't use the service in the past 170 days that its not something that I'll be missing. There was probably something about it that I decided it wasn't worth going back.
Stop sending me text message about it.
April 28, 2012
Kindle Owners' Lending Library
From Amazon's Website:
The Kindle Owners' Lending Library allows eligible U. S. Amazon Prime members who own Kindle devices to choose from thousands of books to borrow for free -- including more than 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers -- as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates.
Basically what Amazon is saying, is that Prime Members get up to 12 free book rentals a year. Make sure you make a good selection on what books you rent. I read some places online where someone rented a children's book, and now they have to wait till next month to rent another book.
Make no mistake, there are good choices in Amazon's Prime library, just remember that what ever you select, that you have to wait until next month to select another book.
April 12, 2012
Send to Kindle
Have you ever browse the web and found an article that you would like to read at a later time on your Kindle? For example, let's say you found a great article about Who really found the Titanic? and you wanted to read it offline on your Kindle. There is an easy way to get web content onto your Kindle.
There is app called, 'Send to Kindle' that makes it really easy to send Web content to your Kindle. You can setup this App in Chrome or Firefox very quickly. What's great is that anytime you find an article that you want to read later on your Kindle, you simply click a button. You just have to remember to sync your Kindle before heading out.
I find it great for researching CSS3 topics or when I find a long article and want to read it on the train. Here are some resources where you can find some good content to read:
You can be creative in your Google/Bing search too:
As you can see there's a lot of cool content out there, you won't have to worry about buying books on Amazon.com. Try 'Send to Kindle' out and you'll find it to be a great productivity saver.
From the product description page:
You can download the app here:
April 11, 2012
Kindle eBook pricing
Amazon still hasn't gotten the right formula to selling eBooks. Here's the price guide for 'April 1865: The Month That Saved America on Amazon.com on April 11, 2012.'
Clearly the publisher is setting the price as I also checked Apple's bookstore and saw that the eBook is also $10.99. I don't know why they think that consumers would pay more to have the book in electronic format?
Since I have Amazon Prime, I ordered the paperback version. I can wait a couple of days to save $5 dollars. I have seen this price difference on many books - where its cheaper to get the paperback version than to get the Kindle version.
The better price model would be to have the price of the eBook be at least 20% less than the new hardcover or paperback version. The electronic version is pure profit for the publisher since they don't have to worry about distribution and overstock inventory.