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Friday, September 24, 2004

Share the Love

Amazon.com is the coolest thing ever. Well, maybe not ever, but I'm definitely feeling the love this morning.

I admitted to myself last night that even though George went and mucked with the originals and put his new revisionist version of the Star Wars trilogy on DVD (with the worst CGI monster his studio has ever produced), I wanted it anyway. I've seen two amazing prices - WalMart for $35.87 and Fry's for $36.99. Having just stopped in at Home Depot in Campbell to return a lamp, I figured I'd swing through Fry's to pick up a copy if they had it. Well, after an extended hunt, and asking two helpless employees, I stumbled across it on my way out of the store. Only now they've realized that their $36.99 price really is the cheapest (or close to it) and that they didn't need to do that. So now they're charging $38.99, with a big sign that says "Guaranteed low price!" So, having just looked at Outpost earlier in the day, I walk up to the counter and say, "Guaranteed low price? It's cheaper at Wal-Mart and on your own website you know." They say, "Oh, you have to go back to the software department to get a price adjustment." Um, well, I've already broached the subject, so let's see how this plays out, eh? At this point, it's no longer about the price, but the principle. I mean, $2 is nothing, but Fry's makes it a habit to screw their customers, and buying from them at all is against my better judgement. So I walk back to the software department, or probably better called "The Excuse Desk". First I pitch the WalMart price, mentioning that I would've just bought it there, but they were out of wide screen. She said, "Oh, our guarantee only counts if it's in stock." We discuss the absurdity of this policy for a moment. Then I say, "Well, your website (outpost.com) says the price is $36.99." and she says, "Oh, we don't match online prices." I said, "But it's your own online price!" and she's says, "Yes, online." Now, completely taken aback by their policy, I decide it's time to go. We've entered crazy land at Fry's where they won't match their own price. Uh, yeah, whatever. I can shop at Amazon. There's no sales tax and free shipping. Yep.

Then this morning, I open my email and find a "Share the Love" email from Mice via Amazon.com. It's a 10% discount off of the widescreen Star Wars trilogy, making my new price $37.57 with no tax and free shipping. The entire transaction occurred in 4 minutes. No parking. No idiotic clerks. No ridiculous "Oh this policy only works on the third Sunday after a full moon." bullshit. Just me, my friends, and Amazon. Yep, definitely feeling the love.

1 Comments:

  • Better than a poke in the eye with a curling iron.

    By Blogger vile, at 12:03 PM  

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