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Going Prime Full Time

December 9, 2013

Since I joined Amazon Prime I admit to having gone on a free delivery shopping spree. I have also been streaming more television than we normally watch in order to compare and conclude if we want to keep Hulu Plus and or Amazon Prime. They are both good deals if you have time to use them fully. Although Hulu Plus has some very good content not available anywhere else, there are still commercials in the Hulu shows.  I have been enjoying watching several episodes in a row of the shows I like on both venues.  There are great advantages to using these services:

  • Original content
  • On demand streaming of everything on your schedule
  • They recommend shows based on your taste for exploration
  • Amazon Prime has no commercials
  • Amazon Prime has a full time digital lending library for Kindle
  • Amazon Prime has two day free delivery of many items you buy
  • Price—- all this streaming media is almost free compared to cable

Since I love reading and other activities I can’t imagine making good use of two streaming video services.  After this month of samples I am going to give up the membership at Hulu Plus.  I had also, years ago, resigned from Netflix because we did not watch it.  All you can watch is like all you can eat; It is probably not a good idea to do it very often.  I like the all you can read option in which you can leave home with a zillion books in your Kindle and have a long battery life and fabulous screen on which to read.  After a year on the Three Book Diet, I would rather go on a reading binge than a television marathon.  If you are paying for cable and wonder if you can lower your entertainment bill, now is a good time to try the 30 day free Amazon Prime membership.  The only down side I can think of is that I am not shopping local when I get my items delivered.  I am supporting Amazon instead of a local merchant.  For now, we still support our local cable company. We may be able to cut the cord once we learn to use our streaming situation to the best advantage.

Newton’s Third Law Goes Shopping

November 24, 2012 2 Comments

In case you need to refresh Sir Isaac Newton gave us some basic concepts that we use today.  He broke down movement and energy to define inertia.  The third law of motion states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  This may be easy to imagine in terms of tug boats or bumper cars, but how does this law pertaining to matter have significance we can use to make smarter purchases?  When we play billiards we consider the angle, the trajectory, the speed of the ball as we direct it on its way.  Do we ever think about the economic repercussions we create with our spending decisions?

Today is shop local, Small Business Saturday.   At the same time the mega retailers are bringing in customers with loss leaders to hunt for extreme bargains.  Santa is in business all over the country promoting the concept that a big spending binge is healthy, cheery, and designates the participants as Christians.  Giant light displays and seasonal music beckon to those who are attracted to all that.  Office parties with cocktails and perhaps secret Santa designate this month as Slack for Seasonal Cheer time.  Monday while employees are paid to be working, a day to shop on line will be granted by workers to workers.  Only a Grinch or a Scrooge would interfere with Cyber Monday.  Culturally this is the time to allow employees to take it easy around the office as a reward for doing their jobs for 11 months.  What equal and opposite harm can come from that?

Meanwhile over at Zappo’s every single employee is brushing up skills, checking them twice, because it does not matter if you are naughty or nice….you will be answering the phone and delivering happiness to customers during this busiest shopping season.  The core values that run the best retail experience on earth include full collaboration from all staff all the time.  When needs of the customers’ shift, they shift to accommodate.  They do not carry the myth that by giving them a party in December the company fulfills the promise to make employees happy.  The Zappsters know that an overall commitment to serve the happiness of both customers and staff is in place and being improved constantly.  Their benefits, their work environment, and their personal satisfaction are at the very foundation of the success enjoyed by the company. I do enjoy on line shopping, in spite of the fact that it does not support my local economy. Since I am a speed shopper, I am not so much into the comparison of prices as I am into a superior selection and customer service.  The happy Zappsters deliver,  so much more than shoes.  I like the idea that my purchase contributes to a happy healthy workplace if not to my micro economy.

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