Is Amazon Starting to Become…Ordinary?
Bill Quick

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.


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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Is Amazon Starting to Become…Ordinary? — 4 Comments

  1. oops, left out – Of course I really don’t order that much. What I really like about prime, the wife gets the movies and I can order some small item, say a special size drill bit that costs $6 and a couple days later it’s at my door, no tax (well used to be anyway), no ship costs, no gasoline driving to the store costs.

  2. I haven’t noticed any worsening of service, but I also haven’t noticed an improvement, either, even since they cut a deal to become tax collectors for Deval Patrick in exchange for a physical in-state presence.

  3. I think every retailer goes through phases where the bean counters get control and try to squeeze out more margins. It’s just the culture of that industry.

    In particular, they like to squeeze vendors, because that puts the cost-cutting problems on somebody else. The famous case of Vlasic Pickles getting themselves in trouble because of the Walmart relationship is an example. I wonder if Amazon is pushing some of the shippers into contracts that force those shippers to cut quality of service.

    The difference between the good retailers and the bad ones are how low they sink on service and quality before realizing the problem and trying to fix it. Home Depot squeezed vendors and caused quality for generic products to sink so low that I stopped shopping there, even though their competition is four times as far away. I have hopes Amazon will never get to that point.