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Ever since amazon raised it's free shipping to $50 I've mostly stopped shopping from them unless there's a crazy deal going on. They rarely beat any competitor's prices on general items anymore anyways. Prime isn't worth it to me because I don't want to buy into a "eco-system" as so many content providers keep trying to push or pay the "prime tax" on prime eligible items.
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Ever since amazon raised it's free shipping to $50 I've mostly stopped shopping from them unless there's a crazy deal going on. They rarely beat any competitor's prices on general items anymore anyways. Prime isn't worth it to me because I don't want to buy into a "eco-system" as so many content providers keep trying to push or pay the "prime tax" on prime eligible items.

I pay $40 CAD for Prime and get Free 2-Day shipping which is amazing for Canada. Most stuff we can't find in normal stores. Also get Prime Video to watch Grand Tour.
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Amazon's positives outweigh the negatives. Their customer service is second to none, their delivery is very quick, and Amazon Prime membership is an absolute steal for $99 per year...

I practically fell out of my chair laughing at that! Only one of those statements was accurate—Their customer service is second to none—but that is only because no one else I've dealt with lately has worse customer service (based on the idiotic responses I've gotten, I'm convinced their customer "service" centers are offshore and staffed by poorly trained people who barely understand English). Except for e-books, I've been boycotting Amazon because they are not always the low cost leader, they screwed up several orders, they poorly package their orders resulting in numerous damage claims, their AMZL delivery service is frequently late and frequently improperly delivers packages, allow Marketplace vendors to display inaccurate descriptions and/or pictures of products (and do not correct them when it is pointed out to them), frequently sells counterfeit products (or allows their Marketplace vendors to do so, etc. Amazon used to be great but they have gotten too big for their britches!
     
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I pay $40 CAD for Prime and get Free 2-Day shipping which is amazing for Canada. Most stuff we can't find in normal stores. Also get Prime Video to watch Grand Tour.

That's $30 USD for prime, that's def worth it if availability is as you say. For us it's $134 CAD a year or $67 CAD a year on a sale price/student discount (which usually doesn't include all services, like video). There's so many online shops offering as good/better prices and local stores (Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target, and etc) that usually offer free shipping to local stores.



Edit: For those curious, NE state tax was 5.5% last I remember. Then city and other taxes on top of that. Where I live it's just been raised to 7.5% total. We also have some of the highest property tax rates in the USA.

Average income for a single adult worker is probably ~25-30k a year. Median household income ~50k. Average house ~130k
Edited by Nugu - 12/30/16 at 7:35am
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Oh, and speaking of third party sellers on Amazon: MPs poised to investigate VAT fraud on Amazon and eBay

Thanks to this, you'll likely see third party seller sales tax within the next 6-12 months.
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I pay $40 CAD for Prime and get Free 2-Day shipping which is amazing for Canada. Most stuff we can't find in normal stores. Also get Prime Video to watch Grand Tour.

Most people don't realize that you can share Amazon Prime with up to 5(?) accounts. If you can get some friends together and split it, it's basically free and everyone has their own account. Only the original account gets streaming services though.

We split ours 4-way, I think I spend $25/year?
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post #27 of 105
For me, when Amazon started charging tax it put them more in competition with Best Buy and Microcenter and even other local B&Ms. Amazon has lost some of my business due to taxes.

Its ok though, we really don't want one company becoming too much of a monopoly. When they started charging taxes I started price shopping around again and found that Amazon is not always the cheapest option. Thanks Amazon for opening my eyes so that I can shop at your competitors and save money. wink.gif
Edited by kornedbeefy - 12/30/16 at 7:46am
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I practically fell out of my chair laughing at that! Only one of those statements was accurate—Their customer service is second to none—but that is only because no one else I've dealt with lately has worse customer service (based on the idiotic responses I've gotten, I'm convinced their customer "service" centers are offshore and staffed by poorly trained people who barely understand English). Except for e-books, I've been boycotting Amazon because they are not always the low cost leader, they screwed up several orders, they poorly package their orders resulting in numerous damage claims, their AMZL delivery service is frequently late and frequently improperly delivers packages, allow Marketplace vendors to display inaccurate descriptions and/or pictures of products (and do not correct them when it is pointed out to them), frequently sells counterfeit products (or allows their Marketplace vendors to do so, etc. Amazon used to be great but they have gotten too big for their britches!

This is odd. I have never experienced any of what you just described, so I am sorry you've had a bad experience with them.

The reason I like prime is because of the extra services included with it, including their Amazon Prime Video and Music services. On those items alone, it's worth $99 per year. However, once you add on free 2-day shipping, it's an incredible value in my opinion.




Directed @ everyone in this thread:

Can people in this thread PLEASE be respectful to each other and not criticize life choices? This is supposed to be a public forum for discussing tech news, not bashing each others points of view. Feel free to disagree with each other, but be respectful in your responses. That's what this place is all about. thumb.gif
Edited by Mad Pistol - 12/30/16 at 7:48am
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I have gotten used to Amazon sales tax in California, sadly Amazon can't be beat where I live. The closest Best Buy is over 30 mins away and the Micro center that was an hour away closed several years ago. mad.gif
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I have gotten used to Amazon sales tax in California, sadly Amazon can't be beat where I live. The closest Best Buy is over 30 mins away and the Micro center that was an hour away closed several years ago. mad.gif

I hope I can get use to it as well. I think this will be easier to swallow when every online store charges tax, when your dropping 2 grand on a build and it's $200 more on Amazon than any other online store, it's hard not to order elsewhere.
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