Will you buy from Amazon?

Will you buy from Amazon? - A picture of a shopping cart
Singapore
December 4, 2007 3:50am CST
I have just finished a major overhaul with my blog, peppering most entries with relevant Amazon product links. But while I was doing it, a little apprehension set in. I wondered if I was just wasting my time or even worse, making things worse. The Amazon product links were placed at the end of the entries. My rationale is that if someone is interested enough to read the article, he would likely scan to the end and so see the "ads". And since they are relevant, he might buy the products if he is interested. But then, I wasn't so unsure. Will anyone buy things from Amazon anyway? I know Amazon is a big company and most people would likely have heard of it. But if it were you, when you see a product item (be it book, music, appliance, whatever) you are interested in, would you actually click and buy the item? I have been featuring a lot of books and they are not expensive at all. The average price is not even 20 bucks. Yet the whole thing revolves around whether you will buy something through the ad and through Amazon or not. Even if it is just 5 bucks, would you actually buy something from Amazon and/or through ads similar to mine? Please note that I am not trying to beg for purchases here. I am honestly trying to get your opinions with regards to these Amazon ads. So, have you, will you buy from Amazon? I appreciate your inputs on this, thanks! =) PS.: My blog address is on my profile page if you need it.
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@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
4 Dec 07
Well I have a different reason NOT to buy from Amazon. My husband use dhis debit/atm card at a gas station. Apparently "someone" from the station used his card to order from Amazon. When I was calling my bank & Amazon to question said purchases, Amazon was not very helpful in the matter. I resolved to never, ever purchase anything from them again !!
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• Singapore
4 Dec 07
Hmm.. I understand such "irrational bias" - I have some of them myself lol. But regarding your case, I think you should call up your card company/bank instead. But if you file a police report, Amazon should be able to e.g. provide the IP address of the payment session. On the contrary, I have received very good customer service from Amazon. I have contacted them on various occasions and they were always prompt and polite with their responses. I personally think Amazon is one company with one of the better customer service around. So far.:P
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• United States
4 Dec 07
see. two different experiences. I did contact the card company as well. MY problem was that Amazon was not being cooperative with them either. I didn't want to know who did it from them. We were just trying to get the charges stopped. (my card company & myself) It was clearly not us that ordered the items and we merely wanted to stop the shipment, etc. Anyway, doesn't matter, my experience was bad, yours wasn't.
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• Singapore
5 Dec 07
When I take over Amazon, I will give you a satisfactory answer. Till then. LMAO.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
4 Dec 07
Congrats on finishing your blog. =D Regarding Amazon, I try my best not to buy things that can be found locally online. If they can be found in Singapore, why not buy it here? It's usually cheaper here too. I am not a book lover but if I do ever want to buy a book, I will usually drop by Borders or Sans Bookshop to buy the book. If I do come across Amazon products which I am interested in and cannot be found locally, I will most probably buy it. However, chances of that happening is low la.. =P You should target the Americans. I believe they are the main consumer group for Amazon products. Good luck and all the best =D
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• Singapore
5 Dec 07
I am targeting them.:P Is there even any site for us to do online shopping at no cost here?
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
5 Dec 07
Aye... I've shopped at SASA.com before. It's based in HongKong and there's not shipping cost if you make a minimum purchase. Other than that, I do not have any experience.
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• Singapore
5 Dec 07
Need 50 bucks min. Hmm.. not that bad compared to the rest! But the things there like quite limited...
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
4 Dec 07
Hi wizard, I had a bad experience with Amazon so i have not went back to their site to try and purchase anything else.I was ordering some Bob Dylan Cd"s , and when it came to checkout, i gave them my debit card and they said it would take a couple of days to check it out, they refused to take my card.It has always been used everywhere else.i have had the same account for years, and the card is good, the money comes right out of my account...Now i haven't tried anymore, that could have just been a fluke, and may never happen again but it happened to me.I supposs i would give them another try..
• Singapore
5 Dec 07
That was awful! But what do you mean by they refused to take it? You didn't order online?
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
5 Dec 07
Well you see they wanted you to open a credit account with them, but i said ok but i wanted to get my cd's right then with my credit card, but then they wanted me to wait a few days so i could use their credit card.I did not mind opening an account with them for later use but they wanted me to wait,so they could charge me interest i guess...Any store you go to will ask if you want to open a credit with them, but you can still buy whatever you want with the credit card that you have, you don;t have to use their credit...that very day...but they wanted me to wait until i got their card before they would fill my order, and they should have went ahead and let me pay however i wanted to with my current credit card....
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• Singapore
5 Dec 07
Complicated... maybe customer service was really bad then. I only had contact with them recently...
@patgalca (14480)
• Orangeville, Ontario
4 Dec 07
I buy from Amazon on a regular basis (ie once or twice a year - usually for gifts or a book that I really want). However, I buy from Amazon.ca and only Amazon, not from any of the other sellers. The only way I can get free shipping is if I purchase from Amazon themselves. If I purchase a used product from someone else then I have to pay the shipping and that blows the whole discount right out of the water. I have a real beef with ebay.ca. I was looking for a game yesterday and came across the usual problems. Product in Canadian prices but when taking a closer look found that the item was being shipped from the U.S. at a cost of around $20. In a lot of cases the shipping is more than what the product itself is worth. I have pretty much written off ebay. I was looking for a certain game and did find a Canadian website that sold the game. I had trouble with the website trying to figure out shipping rates. They are right here in Ontario, and actually driveable if I cared to do so, but I don't. Half an hour is the most I will drive to get something. I don't much shop out of town. Anyway. I phoned the company and said, "Well, while I have you on the phone, why don't I just order it now on the phone?" That saved me from putting my MasterCard information on the website, though she said it does get deleted after 30 days. The shipping cost is $7.00 and I will receive it, believe it or not, today! Yes, I got an email shortly after saying that my product was shipped and I would be getting it today. And that is just regular post, not Express post. So you see, my issues deal with shipping costs. When someone gives a flat shipping rate to Canada from the U.S. then I know they are probably making a profit off the shipping. Shipping a paperback book and shipping a game cannot possibly cost the same. I bought a "book" for $1 once on ebay. Great! Shipping was something like $7.00. What's the point? I could buy a book for $8.00 (or less) in a used book store. For me the item would have to be something I can find nowhere else... like the game I bought yesterday.
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• Singapore
4 Dec 07
Indeed shipping is very ridiculous. Do you know they want to charge me like 15-20 USD to ship a weeny ring from USA to Singapore? No way! Why are you buying games anyway? Xbox thingies? I hope not PC games... people don't buy games nowadays anymore...
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@patgalca (14480)
• Orangeville, Ontario
4 Dec 07
People don't buy games anymore? What people? We have a new game (board game or card game) under our Christmas tree every year. We have NEVER had a gaming machine in our house. The kids borrowed a neighbour's one weekend and were on it all weekend so I had them take it back. They rarely play computer games either. We play family games together and that is what I buy.
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• Singapore
5 Dec 07
Oh board games.:P I thought you were talking about computer games. As for board games, people buy them less too. Usually each family has a few at most.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
4 Dec 07
When I was at college I was always buying from Amazon because I saved a fortune, and as Amazon is also a UK outlet then I was happy to do business with them. The books were specialized and in the high street fetched tip top prices, however, compared to amazon the books I got online were much much cheaper, after the first delivery of books I was more than happy, so I continued with them, I have bought books from them and touch wood I have never been disappointed. I only buy from sites that are based or function in the UK.
• Singapore
4 Dec 07
Some country loyalty thingy? :P But I am confused... is there a typo somewhere? Amazon is based in USA. It may have branches in UK but it's an American company.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
4 Dec 07
Oh I just assumed as it was a co.uk address it was based in the UK as well! I am not loyal, it's just that I prefer to deal and buy in UK currency instead of dollars, it's easier for my wolfie brain! And you have to pay more through paypal rates etc, so I always go for the .uk sites.
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• Singapore
5 Dec 07
Oh yea, save on the exchange rate fee.:P Come to think of it, for all we know, mylot.com may be based in India or China lol.:PP
• United States
4 Dec 07
I have Amazon, Overstock and Ebay bookmarked. I have used Amazon quite a few times. I usually comparison shop between these 3 sites and then make my choice. I usually know what I need to buy and am not too often influenced or temped to buy just on a stranger's say so. Cash is toooo tight for me just to buy on a whim.
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• Singapore
4 Dec 07
Yup, I understand.
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• Singapore
5 Dec 07
Lol, so it is overstocked and overpriced.:P
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
4 Dec 07
nope not really for I dont buy on line much. but alot of folks do. One thing I dont have the money to do it another I have my own free mall to go buy things in and get a rebate from what ever store I went into buy from which my free mall has 1000s of stores to go too
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• Singapore
5 Dec 07
Oh yea, if you can get rebates, naturally go there.:)
• United States
4 Dec 07
If there was something I really wanted and Amazon had it for the best price I would buy it from Amazon. However if it is a site that requires signup and all that I would think twice. There are times when you get a cheap price only to have your savings go up in smoke via shipping and handling. I seldom think to look at Amazon when looking to purchase anything
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• Singapore
5 Dec 07
Right...
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
4 Dec 07
Hello oh wizardly one, I do not know if I am among the majority or minority in this regard, yet I'll share my online behavior/perceptions with you, and you can extract what best serves you. I have purchased from many large on-line stores, and have no compunction about doing so in the future. However, I will not generally link to a well-known site from another site. Although more time consuming, I would note the product, then access the store directly through the URL address box. I avoid linking from lesser known sites for one reason only: Wittingly, or unwittingly the lesser known page may have malicious code attached to the page. The owners of small web sites come in all levels of computer security proficiency. I am unwilling to risk picking up malware simply because a site owner may not be aware of the need to keep their own web page clean of bugs. There are many responsible, informed site owners out there. There are also alot who are either not so informed, or don't care. Computer bugs are just too much of a problem to take the risk. Too risky for me anyway. I'm sorry. I'm sure this is not what you wish to read, given that your Amazon links equate to revenue for you. Yet, it is a truthful representation of my online behaviors. For your sake, I hope that I'm in the minority.
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• United States
4 Dec 07
Yes, I buy from Amazon often. I love going there and looking and most of the time buying something from there, Amazon is one of my favorte shoping websites.
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• Singapore
5 Dec 07
Cool. Thanks for sharing.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
4 Dec 07
I am also an affiliate of Amazon, so you are out of luck as me buying from you. I am planning to buy three TV DVd sets from either Amazon.com or Amazon.ca. I know that one of them I will get from Amazon.com, but I will have to get something else, probably a song book or maybe a movie DVD so I do not have to pay shipping costs. The other two I could get from Amazon.ca, but they would cost about $200 and I do not have the money right now. If I get something from Amazon.com, being I am Canadian, I might have to pay duty so I will have to figure that out in the cost. Oh and you can look at my blog as well.
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• Singapore
4 Dec 07
Nah, I am happy that you can get some "discounts" from Amazon.
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@youless (92269)
• Guangzhou, China
4 Dec 07
Frankly, I like buying online and I also buy from Amazon. I really like buying books from Amazon because it really gives me a very good discount. Lately besides books, I also bought a toy from this website.
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• Singapore
4 Dec 07
Amazon has expanded to sell practically everything now. Last time, I used to know it as a book seller only.
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@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
4 Dec 07
I buy from Amazon from time to time. usually from the Marketplace features if the price is right. But if I can get it for less, I'm going elsewhere. I believe the last thing I bought through Amazon was the Chicken Soup for the Soul book that I was interested in. I may make a bigger order after the first or before the year ends.
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• Singapore
4 Dec 07
I like it in that it is a reputable company.
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4 Dec 07
I frequently buy from Amazon, mainly books and music cds. I have bought dvds and games as presents for people in the past and find that Amazon is a good place to shop. I generally have a clear idea of what I want, rather than impulse buy these days though as money is tight. This Christmas I have managed to get a few of the presents from Amazon having them delivered is an added bonus
• Singapore
4 Dec 07
Now that's a thumb up! :)
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
4 Dec 07
I have made dozens of purchases from Amazon for several different kinds of products and have not had any problems. I have bought items for a few dollars and some more expensive items as well. I buy mostly used things because they work as well as the new, in many cases. I can often find something I want at a reasonable price. I am not to happy with the shipping costs, but all things considered, I am still saving money for products that are useful to me.
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• Singapore
4 Dec 07
I think if it was stated to be new, then it is definitely new - unlike places like eBay - the buyer may claim it is new but I really wouldn't know. And yes, shipping is always a thorny issue...
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@marciascott (25555)
• United States
4 Dec 07
No, I wouldn't buy anything from Amazon, I have my reasons, any way someone tried to use my name to place others, I don't knw how they did it, but I email Amzon and told them about it. So I just don't want nothing to do with Amazon.
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• Singapore
4 Dec 07
Aw... :(
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• India
4 Dec 07
I have not yet bought anything from Amazon.I tried online marketing four times from ebay.
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• Singapore
4 Dec 07
I just/still don't like eBay.:P
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@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
4 Dec 07
Yes I have bought from Amazon. In fact I just bought something from them last week. It was actually the first time I bought from them in several years.
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• Singapore
4 Dec 07
Nice to hear that hehe.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
8 Dec 07
If I had a credit card yeah sure I would buy from Amazon. Amazon has great deals so I think if they accepted other ways of payment besides the credit card then they would sell even more items then they do now. Happy Holidays
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• Singapore
8 Dec 07
Get a debit card?
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
9 Dec 07
Yeah, I could get a debit card. I have been wanting to get one of those for a long time. I will check them out again at Rite Aid. My sister had one and she never recovered the money that was on it when she lost the card. I think that is why I put off getting one. But they have some out now that will actually recover your money to you if lost. I applied for one recently online but they wanted a social security number which I don't give out online so I never followed through with it. Well, Have a nice day!
• United States
29 Jan 08
I have bought things from Amazon on many occasions and have always been happy with it. I'm wondering why you seem concerned with Amazon?!?! I've never heard anything bad about it. Have you??
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• Singapore
29 Jan 08
I was "concerned" because I was trying to make some cash using their affiliate program.:P