Amazon is dangerous and should be banned for my computer, laptop and iPad.
I am siting here watching a NASCAR Nationwide race at Bristol on TV and my wife and I began discussing how to store the cast iron "spiders" we ordered from amazon and we decided that a ceiling rack would work.
A few minutes on Amazon resulted in about 20 reasonable alternatives and 20 seconds later we placed an order for the perfect option.
Then I reviewed the Amazon orders we placed over the last year and I was amazed at how many things we got from them.
Am I alone on this or is everyone doing the same?
I've never ordered from them. Haven't even looked.
They've just built a huge warehouse in San Bernardino. So much for California being hostile to businesses.
Amazon is trying to be the online Wal-Mart, only bigger. And they just might make it.
Just about everyone I know who is "connected" goes to Amazon and ebay before they buy anything.........which makes me wonder when Lang's will start selling on Amazon........
That's one thing about Amazon you have to watch since it's been opened to other vendors. If you don't know the vender, I would buy from Amazon even if it's a few bucks more. Or at least choose items "fulfilled" by Amazon. I had three straight strike-outs with outside vendors so I just flat don't order from them. They took returns and I was reimbursed but the hassle and wasted time was not worth the price difference.
We are buying more and more from Amazon because the local stores and even major chains are carrying less and less. Our printer needed some ink a few weeks ago. Went to Staples, they had quit carrying two of the five needed colors in any form of single pack, as well as the larger (better buy) cartridges of ink. The only way to get the color I needed was to buy the all five color multi-pack (small cartridges). The problem with that is that I already had extras of some colors and did not need the multi-pack.
This is the same store that last December, I wanted to buy an adding machine that printed onto the old paper roll. It turned out, that they DID NOT carry the ink cartridges for the machines that they sold. And they had nobody on their sales floor that could answer any questions.
We have bought a lot of things from Amazon because other stores don't want to provide service and a reasonable choice of products. More and more each year. And no, I do not like it. I like to deal with people face to face.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Well, I love Amazon, and here's just one of the reasons why....earlier this year I was looking for one of those SD card adapters to put that tiny little card from the cell phone into, in order to insert it into the computer to load pics onto the computer. My neighbor lady loaned me hers for the time being, she said she got it at Staples for around $14. Went on Amazon next day, found one there for $1.49, YES, you read it right, $1.49 and get this FREE shipping! And I didn't even sign up for Amazon Prime. How do they do it? Don't know, don't care! Bought a flat screen TV years ago from them, saved over $400 over big box store.
If the stores ever bring back "customer service" then I'll do more there again. Nothing like good old competition.
Bryant Hardware's slogan, displayed on the sign in front of the store, was Yes, we have it. But Bryant's and the days when you could find what you want locally are long gone. Earlier this week I needed rear axle grease seals for my truck. Auto Zone, O'Reilly, and Bumper 2 Bumper came up empty (chain stores are all we have now). They couldn't even look up what I needed. So I went online and bought the seals from Rock Auto. That was Tuesday, and they arrived in the mail Thursday. I also needed some brake cylinder needle valves and a radiator cap. I knew better than to even try locally for the radiator cap, but I thought surely I could get the valve needles here. Silly me. There was a time when I could buy them locally, but not now. So I phoned Andy Bernbaum and bought the needles and cap on Wednesday, and the package arrived in yesterday's mail. Buying online isn't just a convenience. More and more, it's becoming a necessity for finding what you want.
Fred, can you explain "cast iron spiders" to this ignoramus?
Steve, ditto for: "brake cylinder needle valves"
Cast iron cookware is sometimes called a spider.
After years of using Revere ware etc. my wife has decided that the old fashioned cast iron frying pans and pots are the way to go.
She insists on a gas range and prefers Lodge pans and skillets
The cost from Amazon is about half of what you have to pay at a local store.
I assume that a brake cylinder needle valve Steve is talking about is the valve used for bleeding the brakes. I purchased a small kit with various sizes a few years back.
Yes, guilty as charged. If I can't find it in the store I will buy off Amazon and have it within two days. Amazons return policy is second to none. I have found many times that I can get a better deal off Amazon then I can at the local retailer. I can only think of two times in the last five years that I've had to send something back because of damage. I believe I have bought hundreds of items from Amazon. If the weather is rotten outside and I don't feel like going out, I can shop right from my easy chair and have a large selection right on my computer screen.
We probably buy 90% of what we need (other than food items) from Amazon. I sometimes feel guilty for not supporting local merchants, but all the items we buy are usually 10 to 30% cheaper and that's taking into account shipping costs ( and not taking into account the gas money spent driving around to pick them up locally).
It's amazing how easily you can find items that you can't find locally. Within the last few days I've bought dog treats, books, a wall poster and a laptop screen.
Even if they start carrying T parts, I'll never desert our vendors though.
PS its the prime membership that makes it so cheap (free shipping on most things).
How often do people shop locally to decide what they want, then buy from Amazon?
"...and prefers Lodge pans and skillets."
Ricks........I much PREFER to buy as much as I can from "brick & mortar" stores but I like to shop online first.
If we DON'T buy from actual stores there won't BE actual stores........along with millions of jobs.
The internet is indeed a two edged sword.......
Except as consumers, most people are becoming more redundant every day.
Many of the third party vendors on Amazon are brick and mortar small businesses, mom and pop operations or just people working out of their homes. Amazon and eBay help the little guy compete without having to lay out a huge expense to build an online infrastructure. It's an equalizer.
For example; I bought some Kwikset replacement parts for a 60 year old passage set via Amazon from a hardware store out east. The design hasn't changed in all these years. However, I couldn't get what I needed from the local hardware store and I wasn't forced to buy a complete passage set from Menards or Home Depot.
Ken, the items I need are actually called bleeder valves or bleeder screws.
The highly advertised Mopar dealer back east sent me the one on the right. You can see that it's a size too wide. It's also 3/16" short. I wasted a drive to Wichita looking for the right size, and even online nobody has the right one. I'll have to use a 5/16-24 x 1" and hope a socket will be able to reach the hex. It sure won't stick out far enough to get a box wrench on it. If that works temporarily, then I'll start searching salvage yards for the right ones. When I did the front brakes several years ago, I was able to buy new bleeder valves locally. Apparently they're now extinct.
Steve, what year is your Dodge Truck? I may be able to find some bleeder screws for you from some of my Mopar buddies.
If you have a factory parts manual and can find the part number, you can enter the part number into Partsvoice.com and maybe turn up something.
1951 B-3-C. I have the shop manual, but not the parts book. I guess I should get one. I expect the same part was used for several years. The size is 5/16-24 x 1 3/16".
Kanter sells wheel cylinders, but not just the bleeder screws, I'll keep looking and asking.
This place says they have NOS bleeder screws (at $6.00 each!), but I would have them send you a photo first to make sure you get the right ones.
I was an AMAZON customer and would often purchase items out of state to avoid our over inflated sales taxes. Now, if you purchase anything "out of state" through AMAZON, you get nailed for the California sales tax even though the purchase was from an out of state vendor. Just another way our over bloated California government changes the rules for their own benefit. Kind of like charging a tariff on goods produced overseas because we are no longer competitive.
Do you believe it's fair I not pay sales tax on items from Lang's, while I do from Chaffin's?
The ChiComs have big tariffs and other import restrictions. Why shouldn't we level the playing field?
I propose 100% inspection of all imports, paid by the importers.
I sometimes can get a better deal by Not using Amazon. I Starting riding a Bicycle again in June. So I placed a good size order with Amazon. Half the items I got within 2 days delivered to my door. The rest came 7 days later in the mail. I went into a Bike shop, there's the same items
I need a new GPS for my boat....Amazon is $100.00 higher then my local West Marine.
Darn it. I thought this thread would be about girls who live in the jungle.
I have a local Ace hardware store nearby and always use them if they have it. Cost a little more but the house is paid for and we can afford it. If not there I drive 20 miles to Lowes and Home Depot.
Next step is on the internet. I buy a lot of books on Amazon because the local Barnes and Noble never has what I need.
I learned a lesson on looking at where the item is coming from. We don't watch reality shows so we cancelled Direct TV, $100 a month, and I ordered a roof top antenna from Amazon I thought. Waited and waited and had to cancel and look elsewhere.
I just, a week ago, ordered a motorcycle book from Amazon and it still hasn't shipped.
They usually ship next day. I just cancelled and went to Barnes and Noble online.
As to sales tax if they have a warehouse in your state you will be taxed.
Here you go, Henry:
I buy very little on the computer. I don't like putting my credit card number out into space, and I seem to have a knack for either canceling my order or ordering twice.
I tried to order from Langs by computer and after waiting 3 weeks called them and found out that they had no record of my order, so I placed it by telephone and got everything I ordered.