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Old 03-22-2010, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, California
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I've often wondered if that "expected shipping date" is in itself just another randomized data point spit out by the algorithm to make you think you are getting a good deal when the item finally "ships early". I have a feeling the marketing research folks must also input parameters into the equation. For example, during the delay period, you still have the option of changing to standard shipping speed to immediately force the item into the shipping que. I'll bet there is something there that calculates the probablities of this happening, and moves the item into the shipping process sooner once they figure you're not going to change you mind.

In any event, I'm sure the entire process is optomized to keep me coming back, based on my past buying patterns. I'm just a trained rat, pushing the right buttons to get the cheese!

Of course, Amazon is the online equivalent of a mall. I mean, the way it is conceived to tempt you. As we all know, malls are designed so that they tempt you to walk their entire length, with stairs located such that you are almost forced to. Amazon has to implement a slightly different set of tricks, so long as they do not violate the consumer protection laws. Such as when you buy one item, another item is offered as a suggestion to tempt you.

But let us give Amazon credit, too. They pioneered all this online transaction business. It was their programming wizards that gave us this experience, not to mention convenience, in the first place, something after all these years we now take for granted. A lot of algorithms and database advances went into erecting this, much of the research coming out of Stanford University.
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Old 03-22-2010, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Hmmm, let me think.
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I did a lot more online shopping in Texas than I do up here. Amazon is about the only place I shop at online while living in Alaska. I know the shippingis built into the price, but the price is generally fair. I refuse to buy from anybody who is going to make my shipping more than 15% more than the price of the item. I'd rather find the item local and support the local economy.
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Old 03-22-2010, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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I just discovered this one: for Numrich Gun Parts, call 866-NUMRICH (866-686-7424) and press 1, and they'll give you a coupon code good for $4.95 off your shipping cost. They ship USPS on all orders under $100 (UPS for more than that), so they don't appear to charge extra for AK shipping.
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Old 03-25-2010, 01:41 PM
 
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There's no simple answer. You have to put a little extra work in to get the best deals on shipping. Cabela's offers free shipping periodically, just sign up for their email alerts and you can get in on that. Lots of places offer free, just not fast. Remember, you can get all the way thru the checkout process and when it gives you your total including shipping, you can back out if you find it too costly. Altrec.com is always free over $45.00 and fast shipping. If you live close to one of the bigger towns, a lot of your bigger retailers will offer free shipping to the store if you can pick up. Amazon is still one of the best gigs going for bush Alaska. and ebay still offers free shipping on a lot of things.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Eagle River, AK
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Amazon is still one of the best gigs going for bush Alaska. and ebay still offers free shipping on a lot of things.
Remember though, ebay is different from Amazon.. it's up to each and every individual seller on what their "free shipping" really is, whether it's calculated into the price, it's not honored to alaska, etc.

Often, I see Free Shipping ads on ebay, and they don't say exludes Alaska or anything, but then as soon as they see the address or whatever, they'll tell you they don't want to honor it.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK
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Remember though, ebay is different from Amazon.. it's up to each and every individual seller on what their "free shipping" really is, whether it's calculated into the price, it's not honored to alaska, etc.

Often, I see Free Shipping ads on ebay, and they don't say exludes Alaska or anything, but then as soon as they see the address or whatever, they'll tell you they don't want to honor it.
That's pretty crummy of them. I look for sellers that use USPS flat rate service because the flat rate service includes AK.

I am also a slave to Amazon's Super Saver shipping, but it doesn't include *every* super saver item...I tried to buy a car battery and they said they exclude certain heavy items. Lame!!!

I hate overstock.com, they wanted $25 to ship me curtains! Hellooo Amazon!
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