For years, one of the best things about Amazon was the free two-day shipping program called Amazon Prime, which also included access to thousands of free streaming videos from Amazon – all for $80 per year.
Amazon recently announced they were going to raise the price of a Prime subscription by $40, a 50% price hike. And judging by my recent experience with their “free” shipping, the Prime service has gone to hell as well.
I bought Practical Programming for Strength Training in paperback (the only format offered – come on, Mark Rippetoe, have your publishers get the eBook out there for us geezers with old eyes who love that adjustable font stuff) on February 19th. Not so long ago, I would have expected to receive delivery by no later than the 22nd. Not any more, though. Today, five days after purchase, the book is stalled at the Sacramento PO, “on schedule” for deliver on the 26th, seven days after purchase.
So, I guess we have much higher prices coupled with much worse service to look forward to from Amazon in the future. Pity. But it always seems to work out that way, doesn’t it? They always go for market share first, but once they have it, here come the sheep-shearers.