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NurseJackie

(42,862 posts)
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 03:26 PM Aug 2021

How often do you shop at Amazon.com?

POLL QUESTION: How often do you shop at Amazon.com?
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Daily.
3 (6%)
Several times a week.
2 (4%)
A couple of times a week.
11 (23%)
Weekly.
11 (23%)
Several times a month.
8 (17%)
A couple of times a month.
2 (4%)
Monthly.
3 (6%)
Several times a year.
5 (11%)
A couple of times a year.
1 (2%)
Never.
1 (2%)
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How often do you shop at Amazon.com? (Original Post) NurseJackie Aug 2021 OP
If I read a quote from a book...... MyOwnPeace Aug 2021 #1
Yep! Unless it's something I need NOW... I'll order it from Amazon and have it tomorrow. NurseJackie Aug 2021 #4
And even with the 'need it now....' MyOwnPeace Aug 2021 #7
when I want something HAB911 Aug 2021 #2
Sure, though I don't ALWAYS shop on line first beyond Amazon. Hortensis Aug 2021 #12
I give them a ton of business because of convenience budkin Aug 2021 #3
Read a post in the Frugal Living group today which lead me to buy an emergency radio from Amazon Kaleva Aug 2021 #5
It's probably about 5 or 6 times a year for me. Buckeye_Democrat Aug 2021 #6
More since the pandemic struck Poiuyt Aug 2021 #8
I'm a frequent shopper on Amazon but I always check their prices FakeNoose Aug 2021 #9
More, lately, the less I have to go out amongst the infected swarms, the better Shanti Shanti Shanti Aug 2021 #10
Whenever I can't find something locally. GoCubsGo Aug 2021 #11
We live very rural here, 2 hours to nearest big town. dixiegrrrrl Aug 2021 #16
I have a few more choices. GoCubsGo Aug 2021 #27
I confess I love Amazon in particular for enriching and revolutionizing rural life Hortensis Aug 2021 #13
Amen. n/t dixiegrrrrl Sep 2021 #41
About once a month Retrograde Aug 2021 #14
just got rid of my prime membership bedazzled Aug 2021 #15
I've seen good prices on ebay... but shipping is sooo slow! NurseJackie Aug 2021 #18
you are right. i try and avoid buying items from china bedazzled Aug 2021 #25
if you sign up on this mailing list from Simon & Schuster you can get one free book IcyPeas Aug 2021 #23
free books! what's not to like! bedazzled Aug 2021 #26
I blame the pandemic, I got hooked on Amazon JuJuChen Aug 2021 #17
I'm not among the Amazon haters iemanja Aug 2021 #19
I sign up for free Prime somewhere near the holidays, then I cancel it IcyPeas Aug 2021 #20
Yep... that's how I got started. But then, I really liked it and I knew the Prime Membership would... NurseJackie Aug 2021 #21
Yes I shop at Amazon and I don't even hate Jeff Bezos. comradebillyboy Aug 2021 #22
At least a few times a week mcar Aug 2021 #24
Unfortunately, at this point, if you want to find something you can more easily find Vinca Aug 2021 #28
In the DC area, I'm surprised that "TV Stores" still exist... NurseJackie Aug 2021 #30
I totally agree. We just had one delivered a couple of weeks ago and I held my breath until we Vinca Aug 2021 #32
THAT was when we cancelled DirecTV and switched to Verizon Fios TV... NurseJackie Aug 2021 #33
I live on an island. tavernier Aug 2021 #29
We have family that FEEL like they're on an island. Very rural... NurseJackie Aug 2021 #31
Best purchase I ever made from Amazon was about 8 years ago Trailrider1951 Aug 2021 #34
We bought a rollator and a transport (small-wheel) wheelchair from Amazon. NurseJackie Aug 2021 #35
Monthly. All of it is stuff I can't get locally... hunter Aug 2021 #36
I know!! That's a big consideration for a lot of the things I buy from Amazon. NurseJackie Aug 2021 #38
But, Jeff Bezos... MineralMan Aug 2021 #37
That's because you're smarter than most people I know. NurseJackie Aug 2021 #39
I have bought a lot of stuff on Amazon. Initech Aug 2021 #40
BFE Montana with a 22% positivity rate, 28 miles from town Maru Kitteh Sep 2021 #42
We have regular UPS, Fedex and Amazon drivers. NurseJackie Sep 2021 #43

MyOwnPeace

(16,959 posts)
1. If I read a quote from a book......
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 03:31 PM
Aug 2021

or hear a song clip from some recording - just WAY too damned easy to sit there, hit a 'bookmark,' do a search, and BOOM - it's at your door in just a few days!

NurseJackie

(42,862 posts)
4. Yep! Unless it's something I need NOW... I'll order it from Amazon and have it tomorrow.
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 03:48 PM
Aug 2021

There's an amazon distribution center near me (just outside of Baltimore) so most things are next-day.

MyOwnPeace

(16,959 posts)
7. And even with the 'need it now....'
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 03:54 PM
Aug 2021

by the time I travel to 'how-many-places' to find that they don't have it, well, it just isn't worth it!

HAB911

(8,973 posts)
2. when I want something
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 03:40 PM
Aug 2021

and it would require a trip across town, 10+ miles
or no brick and mortar store within driving distance

if a brick and mortar store ships to home, I try to buy from them

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
12. Sure, though I don't ALWAYS shop on line first beyond Amazon.
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 04:04 PM
Aug 2021

Like last week when I wanted to replace my broken $5 egg slicer.

budkin

(6,737 posts)
3. I give them a ton of business because of convenience
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 03:47 PM
Aug 2021

As Peter Cetera said, "It's a hard habit to break."

Buckeye_Democrat

(14,861 posts)
6. It's probably about 5 or 6 times a year for me.
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 03:52 PM
Aug 2021

Coincidentally, I'm eagerly awaiting a smartphone OTG cable and some new flash drives from Amazon today. They're labeled as "out for delivery" right now.

It's funny how I feel like a kid who is awaiting Christmas morning, over something that I already know isn't going to change my life very much.

I've already unlocked the bootloader and rooted a spare smartphone, an Android this time, and I'm only now getting around to doing a full "Nandroid backup" using TWRP recovery. It's something that's recommended much earlier in the process of breaking free from the original software, but it's better late than never.

Poiuyt

(18,140 posts)
8. More since the pandemic struck
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 03:55 PM
Aug 2021

I try to avoid going into stores if I don't have to.

I average about 6 orders a month.

FakeNoose

(33,002 posts)
9. I'm a frequent shopper on Amazon but I always check their prices
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 03:56 PM
Aug 2021

They aren't always offering the best price, so I don't necessarily buy from them. If a local retailer has something comparable I try to give business to the local guy. Since I'm a Prime member I get free shipping, and that is a good thing.

 

Shanti Shanti Shanti

(12,047 posts)
10. More, lately, the less I have to go out amongst the infected swarms, the better
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 03:56 PM
Aug 2021

To my door in two days after ordering, with Prime

Works for me

GoCubsGo

(32,116 posts)
11. Whenever I can't find something locally.
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 03:57 PM
Aug 2021

Which is far more often than I'd like. The shopping choices where I live are pretty slim.

dixiegrrrrl

(60,010 posts)
16. We live very rural here, 2 hours to nearest big town.
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 04:21 PM
Aug 2021


Only a Wal-Mart and a Piggly wiggly for food.
Add in Covid
add in summer tropical heat.
add in mobility issues

Amazon reminds me of what Sears was to people more than 100 years ago. In fact, we have a lot of Sears bungalows here in our lil town.

Etsy, Ebay, Amazon are a lifeline out here.



GoCubsGo

(32,116 posts)
27. I have a few more choices.
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 05:02 PM
Aug 2021

The next biggest towns are 25-60 miles away. No guarantee I'll find what I want there, either. Not worth the drive, especially given that the roads here are full of idiots who have no business behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. I already put my life at risk going on my morning walks because of these idiots. So, yeah. Those are a lifeline to me, too. In more ways than one.

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
13. I confess I love Amazon in particular for enriching and revolutionizing rural life
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 04:12 PM
Aug 2021

AND (another biggie!) for revolutionizing the quality of goods offered for sale.

I remember when virtually all name-brand suppliers routinely sold several lines of garbage. They sold well because they were the only things available (I remember the 3 same bathroom scales the only ones available-- in every department store in Los Angeles (presumably in the nation), plus an additional model in a couple of more upscale ones.

AND consumers didn't know how incredibly systematically they were being ripped off, even when the item they took home quickly malfunctioned or broke "prematurely." Models that Consumer Reports rated high were usually discontinued. Just business.

Amazon's still the place to check reviews.

And as said, it's been a particular boon to oldies hiding from a killer virus spread by hostile conservatives and other idiots. Saves gas too. We do still shop locally a fair amount, but on fixed incomes we often just can't afford not to shop for low prices on line.

I also remember when almost every restaurant and store in town wasn't one of a chain of identical stores found across the nation. I do not worry that Amazon is hurting those soul-killing chains. What I want back is the wonderfully local businesses the chains destroyed in virtually every town in the country. Some have been reborn on line.

Retrograde

(10,203 posts)
14. About once a month
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 04:13 PM
Aug 2021

Which is up from pre-pandemic levels. My recent purchases include shoes (I have unusual feet - the brand that fits me best is only available at an outlet mall 40 miles south of here), larges containers of spices (I can't get bulk spices locally anymore because of the pandemic), thread (I use a lot of certain colors: ordering the staples saves me a drive). I don't use Amazon for perishables or things that need to be tried on.

bedazzled

(1,773 posts)
15. just got rid of my prime membership
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 04:19 PM
Aug 2021

i use them as a resource to find things and buy them on ebay instead. i can wait.

i subscribe to bookbub, though. once a month or so, if i can't get a book that interests me at the library, i will spend a couple of bucks on a kindle book. i really like them

NurseJackie

(42,862 posts)
18. I've seen good prices on ebay... but shipping is sooo slow!
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 04:23 PM
Aug 2021

And returns are a nightmare. Every seller argues with you or refuses the return. So much comes from China (shipped directly from) even though the seller claims to have a US address.

So it's hit and miss with new items. For vintage stuff, eBay is fun. And so is Etsy.

We also enjoy the Amazon Prime streaming video service... so that's a bonus.

bedazzled

(1,773 posts)
25. you are right. i try and avoid buying items from china
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 04:57 PM
Aug 2021

but it happens and it takes SO LONG. do admit that prime video rocked, but i have so many dvds it doesn't matter.

etsy ... awesome. they have such cool stuff!

IcyPeas

(21,966 posts)
23. if you sign up on this mailing list from Simon & Schuster you can get one free book
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 04:53 PM
Aug 2021

the choices are limited but I signed up recently and got a free ebook.

iemanja

(53,137 posts)
19. I'm not among the Amazon haters
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 04:24 PM
Aug 2021

If products were readily available at local stores, I would buy from them. I, however, am sick of spending time wandering around a store looking for something only to find out it isn't there. Amazon solves that problem.

Plus I bought a bit of Amazon stock a few years ago and it's grown to 5x its original value.

IcyPeas

(21,966 posts)
20. I sign up for free Prime somewhere near the holidays, then I cancel it
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 04:51 PM
Aug 2021

I try and get a bunch of things THAT I NEED during that time.

NurseJackie

(42,862 posts)
21. Yep... that's how I got started. But then, I really liked it and I knew the Prime Membership would...
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 04:52 PM
Aug 2021

Yep... that's how I got started. But then, I really liked it and I knew the Prime Membership would be worthwhile. (Also, it gives us Amazon Prime streaming included... and we use that, too.)

comradebillyboy

(10,194 posts)
22. Yes I shop at Amazon and I don't even hate Jeff Bezos.
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 04:52 PM
Aug 2021

As I grow more decrepit Amazon is a convenience I can't pass up.

mcar

(42,489 posts)
24. At least a few times a week
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 04:55 PM
Aug 2021

I do their monthly subscribe and save for paper goods, vitamins, cleaning stuff, etc.

I've had a Kindle (many of them) since they came out.

I live in a fairly rural area. My local shopping is limited to grocery stores, Walmart, one small department store and dollar stores. I also hate shopping. I've been shopping by mail for years - Lands' End loves me.

Vinca

(50,347 posts)
28. Unfortunately, at this point, if you want to find something you can more easily find
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 05:09 PM
Aug 2021

it on Amazon than in a store. It's too bad, really. I miss the old days when you could walk into a business and they had an assortment of whatever you wanted - a television, for example - and you could just buy it. Guess that's the sorry end result of the big box retailers and companies like Amazon.

NurseJackie

(42,862 posts)
30. In the DC area, I'm surprised that "TV Stores" still exist...
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 05:11 PM
Aug 2021

... but they appear to be flourishing with the personalized service and installation/setup extras that they offer.

We purchased our last TV from Costco. (After reading the online reviews and checking out Consumer Reports online.) I feel better about having a "local" store to return it to... in the event it's a lemon... rather than having to deal with shipping.

Vinca

(50,347 posts)
32. I totally agree. We just had one delivered a couple of weeks ago and I held my breath until we
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 05:20 PM
Aug 2021

plugged it in. Trying to get everything properly installed is another nightmare and ever since AT&T bought Directv, that particular task is especially bad if you think you might want to talk to someone.

NurseJackie

(42,862 posts)
33. THAT was when we cancelled DirecTV and switched to Verizon Fios TV...
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 05:24 PM
Aug 2021

... we kept that for about a year (maybe longer, but less than 2) and then we cut the cord this year. (We still keep Fios fiber internet, of course.)

I was SO GLAD to get rid of the satellite antenna that was in front of our home. It made our double-wide look like a trailer. Ugh. (And I hated advertising for them... leaving it up made it appear as though we were active subscribers.)

tavernier

(12,439 posts)
29. I live on an island.
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 05:10 PM
Aug 2021

My shopping choices are dive shops and shell shops and tourist traps. Our only department store was a Kmart that closed this year. Amazon is a godsend.

NurseJackie

(42,862 posts)
31. We have family that FEEL like they're on an island. Very rural...
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 05:14 PM
Aug 2021

... and even buying groceries is a major trek, so forget shopping. But even then, their "local" choices are Walmart, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Everything's a Dollar, and Dollar Tree. If you want a phone, it's Boost Mobile... and that's it.

I can sympathize.

Trailrider1951

(3,417 posts)
34. Best purchase I ever made from Amazon was about 8 years ago
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 06:36 PM
Aug 2021

At that time, I lived in a very small town out on the Texas prairie about 50 some miles NE of Austin. One night I tripped over my cat and fractured one of the bones in my right leg down near the ankle. It hurt like hell and I couldn't stand or walk on it. My son lived in Seattle, and my daughter was on vacation in the Yucatan. All I had was my rolling office chair to use to get around the house. Thank god for laminate floors! Anyway, I went on Amazon and ordered a set of crutches that arrived in 2 days. Delivered right to my porch at no extra charge! Thanks, Amazon! Now I can get to the doctor!

NurseJackie

(42,862 posts)
35. We bought a rollator and a transport (small-wheel) wheelchair from Amazon.
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 06:44 PM
Aug 2021

SO MUCH CHEAPER than trying to get the exact same item from the local medical supply store. We don't use them every day, but when they're needed, they are NEEDED and nothing else will do. (Getting old sucks!)

I hope you're feeling better and that you've healed quickly.

hunter

(38,362 posts)
36. Monthly. All of it is stuff I can't get locally...
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 06:52 PM
Aug 2021

... and some of it is stuff I can't even find in the city anymore.

It's two gallons of gasoline to the city and back.


NurseJackie

(42,862 posts)
38. I know!! That's a big consideration for a lot of the things I buy from Amazon.
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 06:55 PM
Aug 2021

Even though I know I can pick something up at Target for a dollar or two less than the delivered-price at Amazon... I also consider the miles, the gas, the time, the parking lot, the weather, the schlepping through the store and Covid.

Even the more expensive item/s are still a bargain when I can have them delivered to my door (most arrive overnight, even though I don't choose "next day" shipping). There's an Amazon distribution center just outside of Baltimore. Most of my purchases come from there or through there.

Initech

(100,174 posts)
40. I have bought a lot of stuff on Amazon.
Tue Aug 31, 2021, 07:40 PM
Aug 2021

I wanted to get the new Iron Maiden album from my favorite indie store but they were out, and the official Iron Maiden site was also sold out, so Amazon was my only option!

Maru Kitteh

(28,352 posts)
42. BFE Montana with a 22% positivity rate, 28 miles from town
Wed Sep 1, 2021, 02:41 PM
Sep 2021

UPS drivers are WELL AQUAINTED with our front door.


NurseJackie

(42,862 posts)
43. We have regular UPS, Fedex and Amazon drivers.
Wed Sep 1, 2021, 02:46 PM
Sep 2021

They work hard. I always give my Amazon drivers good scores in ALL categories.

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