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Old 04-09-2017, 02:24 AM
 
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I've never been a big shopper, so it's not an issue for me.

I live in the country, but the UPS & FedEx trucks make DAILY stops at my neighbor's house, plus she goes to "the city" on a monthly basis to shop, & hits all the thrift stores & garage sales around here. When she visits her kids & grands in another state for Thanksgiving, it's a ritual for her to hit the Black Friday sales there. I can't wrap my head around how much she must spend, it's exhausting!

They are retired but she told me that one of them needs to find a job (good luck with that!) or "another source of income", so...
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Old 04-10-2017, 05:27 PM
 
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I really don't like ordering stuff online. I like going to the store to buy stuff. I want to see what I'm getting. No Amazon addiction for me.
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Old 04-10-2017, 05:44 PM
 
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The One-Click button is a clever way for Amazon to get people to buy more because it's so darn easy an quick. It worked too well for me, but fortunately, I'm very conscious and very frugal, so I stopped clicking on it. I'd rather go through the payment steps.
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Old 04-10-2017, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I don't identify with compulsive shopping, anymore than I identify with compulsive gambling.

Dropping large amounts of money in no way gives me any kind of rush, whatsoever; it gives me rather high, unpleasant anxiety.
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Old 04-10-2017, 10:31 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I keep a written shopping list for Amazon. It's stuff I need but not today. Then when I must have something, I can go to my list and fill up my order to the $50 to get the free shipping.

That way I am never ordering anything on impulse just to spend enough to get shipping included.

Mostly amazon is used for items that are difficult to find locally. And small car parts; it appears to be a good place to order small car parts and rare plumbing parts.
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Old 04-10-2017, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Today I had the perfect example of why I no longer have Amazon Prime, or trust that Amazon has the best deal.

There was a set of plastic totes I was interested in. On Walmart, with free shipping they're roughly $50. On Amazon, with free shipping, they're $70.

This is what I finally figured out with Amazon. They're not the best deal around. But, if you buy into the Amazon Prime thing, you stop comparison shopping and don't realize you're not getting the deal you think you are.
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Old 04-11-2017, 08:22 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Oftentimes I find things cheaper elsewhere, but after adding in the shipping, they are often a little bit more than amazon. Then there is the issue about ordering from mystery websites that you know nothing about. Amazon is a known quantity. I don't like to order from websites where no one I know has had experience with them.

But amazon is like any other shopping. You must know what things cost before you know whether or not the price is good.

Shipping is never "free". Shipping gets paid for. Sometimes it is a separate charge and sometimes it is built into the price.
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Old 04-11-2017, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Majestic Wyoming
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We've had Amazon Prime for years. I hate crowds and Christmas shopping was a nightmare for me every year, so I started using Amazon instead and what a relief! Maybe I paid a little more, but I'm a bargain shopper and a lot of times I would wait until Amazon put the item I wanted at a price cheaper than I could buy it at the store. Either way it was worth it to not have to deal with the crowds.
Then I started using Amazon for birthdays, and every day items here and there. I'd say I was buying something from Amazon at least once a month. Again I price check against brick and mortar stores, and rarely would I buy clothing or shoes because those you need to try on and feel.
In November we moved from the city to a very rural town. Amazon is available here and I use it a lot, rather than having to drive two hours to the closest Target/WalMart, etc. I did notice my buying starting to become an issue, always getting an Amazon delivery so I've cut back. It still is a wonderful resource, but it is a slippery slope from buying needs, to buying wants all.the.time.
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Old 04-11-2017, 02:07 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I really don't like ordering stuff online. I like going to the store to buy stuff. I want to see what I'm getting. No Amazon addiction for me.
I used to be like that too. In the past year my allergies have gotten so bad that I have an asthma attack almost every time I go in Walmart, a hardware store, or a health food store. So I've started shopping online more than I used to, and discovered I enjoy the convenience.
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Old 04-11-2017, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Checking out as a guest is irrelevant bc your phone or computer or whatever will autopopulate all the address, cc, etc.
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