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Old 06-08-2017, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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They are talking about food stamps, SNAP not welfare (TANF). And a large number of SNAP recipients work, including 23,000 military families.
Okay. I didn't know that. (bold)

I never said they don't work. lol
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Old 06-08-2017, 05:09 PM
 
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Note to customers: Prime members never get free shipping. Free shipping means something costs $0. Paying the Prime membership fee, be it $99 or $49, means the customer is still paying for shipping. Not only that, Amazon excludes a lot of items from its so called "free" shipping with Prime Pantry and Add-On Items. These are sneaky ways that the Prime member ends up paying extra for shipping.

And to add insult to injury, Amazon is usually not the least expensive on their pricing and also charges sales tax in the majority of states. And now they have lowered their free shipping requirement for even non Prime customers to a mere $25. I know, because I placed an order yesterday for $26 and got free shipping, although free shipping for non Prime customers is very slow. Is Amazon convenient? Sure. Does Amazon have great customer service? Absolutely? Is Amazon Prime a great value? Many times, it's not.
Not true.

I'ma stay at home housewife. What I do -- shop bargains all day long -- in my community and online.

Like anywhere else -- you have to watch. But Amazon can and is cheaper in many cases.

Believe what you want -- but you are wrong.
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Old 06-08-2017, 05:11 PM
 
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Amazon works great for me

I often need products that I can't get locally and get them within 1 or 2 days.

I don't buy food there though. I prefer to visit my local supermarket.

I don't use the streaming service. I'm not into watching movies
It's not just movies. They have really outstanding programming from NatGeo, PBS, Travel Channel, etc., and documentaries. It's actually the perfect way to cut cable TV, but I use it mostly to download to watch when I travel by air, globally (which is frequently).

I can easily see this being a cost-saver for low-income families interested in quality video. No cable bill, and they can pick and choose what they and their kids watch.
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Old 06-08-2017, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Living rent free in your head
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How is this going to benefit the poor?
They will be paying a fee for prime (out of their pocket). (Not SNAP eligible).
They will be paying an additional fee (For Prime Pantry or Prime Fresh) (Not SNAP eligible).
They will be paying shipping on these items ordered through the food programs. (Not SNAP eligible). The only items they will be getting "free" shipping on is non-food, non eligible SNAP purchases. You need paper towels, toilet paper etc., it's cheaper to go to the Dollar store. A case of toilet tissue on Amazon is 24.00. It's not saving or benefiting them at all...
How is this going to benefit them?????
You want to benefit the poor, teach them how to shop using coupons, weekly grocery fliers, teach them to buy quantity of generic for less money (assuming same quality).
Oh please...it's not out of your pocket and if you don't like it then don't shop at Amazon, I think it's a great idea, when my grandson was a baby diapers and wipes were cheaper with Amazon auto re-order than they were at any local store. And a lot of stuff is cheaper on Amazon if your only other option is to take a bus or a cab to a store to buy it.
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Old 06-08-2017, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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I read it on the internet that Food stamps make up a huge portion of “super store” sales.

So When viewed as a cost-saving measure — the potential is there for those already on a tight budget to see some relief without necessarily changing the products they purchase.

I guess it is a good strategy to attract potential customers. We'll see.
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Old 06-08-2017, 05:29 PM
 
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Soo..... all these irate people who stop their amazon prime memberships... betcha in a few weeks/months, they will be back to ordering from amazon because it is just sooooo easy. So, they will pay shipping, or they will get prime again, but the odds are, they will be back.
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Old 06-08-2017, 05:45 PM
 
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I think I'm old school and I'm still used to cable but younger generations probably love streaming. I just enjoy flipping through channels lol. I use streaming sometimes but not Amazon's. I have a roku device that I use sometimes.
You can get Amazon on roku. Netflix, Hulu, and many others, too, if you use them.

Yeah, I'm middle-age, but I'm a techie and I've had no problem keeping current. Partly why my income is so high.
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Old 06-08-2017, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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All I know Lily is that I see people using food stamps all the time. They don't know I know lol but I can easy recognize when the screen says EBT tender.

And I say that as someone whom has voted for democrats all my life. I watch them then in the parking lot and they usually drive nice cars.

I think food stamps need to be reformed Bigly. The abuse is ridiculous.

I have also seen people pay cash for $1 bread and $1 pasta at dollar stores.
yeah..

You are probably right.

I only know one person who uses food stamps. I think his family deserves it. I really don't know...

There is no doubt in my mind that food stamp fraud is a huge expense for American taxpayers. But because of its politically sensitive nature, very little has been done about it.

I really feel sorry for the working poors.
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Old 06-08-2017, 05:49 PM
 
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As long as they take the loss themselves, it's no biggie. If, however, they decide to make up for the lost money by charging their regular customers more, then they're gonna lose money as people get ticked and leave.

Governments might be able to get away with socialism (at least till the people rise up), but companies, not so much (except perhaps health insurance, and, based on all the guys leaving Obamacare, probably not even that.)
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Old 06-08-2017, 05:50 PM
 
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I'm cutting the chord this year. No satellite or no cable. gotta train my husband first. Sigh...he's still learning how to stream.

I've got antennas for the local channels/major networks and will pick and choose after that what we stream.
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