Once, while ridiculing Facebook, I applauded Amazon’s ability of targeting people with relevant offers.
Today I came to realise that even Amazon isn’t perfect. I know, I know, I’m as shocked as you are. It turns out Amazon are sometimes confused as to how value deals are supposed to work.
I was checking out some computer gam…ahem…serious books and other serious things normally purchased by 30-year-old adults. There was a 5-game bundle that was clearly a steal:
Yes! Why buy these items individually when you can just grab them all for a bargain price of…wait a second. One minus three, carry the two, multiply by the bundle price is higher than the individual price? What kind of game are you playing, Amazon?!
Well OK, I won’t be too harsh on Amazon. Most of the time they are pretty good at providing notable savings on products and clearly highlighting these. Like here:
3 cents off of a 300 dollar purchase? How can I lose?!
I’d love to stay and blog, but I’m afraid I’ve got some burning online deals to make!
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Cracked me up! Amazon must be sharing a calculator with WalMart, who habitually has a “roll back” price HIGHER than the original price. Sigh… Must be a hiring qualification. 🙂
Well, at least Amazon won’t feel left alone in this 😉 Enjoy the weekend!
Have fun collecting all those bargain games..ah..books or whatever and do use that four cents you saved wisely.
Thank you! I have a feeling those 3 cents will be wisely spent
What puzzles me is how/why they put the price of my book up? They asked me once what I wanted the price to be, I told them, like a good little author I am, just before I clicked on ‘publish’! They wouldn’t be getting ready for Christmas deals, cashing up in advance, would they? (Damn, my British cynicism shining through again!)
Ha, Brits vs. Amazon, round 1 – FIGHT! Are you getting anything out of the extra price?
I won’t know that yet. 😦
Oh, well… I suppose, without Amazon I would only earn a few coppers a book, and those paid twice-annually, as per dinosaur publisher tactics. I should still be grateful, right?
I’d say so…not matter how much they may be screwing us writers over, I’m sure we get more exposure we’d get otherwise? The glass is half full…and so on and so forth