Happy Cyber Shopping Days at www.dealnews.com

Most folks are sitting at home this week.  There’s a lot of traffic on the road, but not in rush hour.  I’m thankful for that since I’m still going to work at a regular hour.  It has been a real nice trip to work in the morning, few people, tunes on the radio and the snowbirds haven’t even hit.

The malls are full, even though this is a recession.  Lots of people walking through the stores, picking up things, and hopefully getting the economy going. 

What I did was sit at home and look over the deal sites over the last weekend.   The house was quiet, the neighborhood was quiet, and I really didn’t feel like going outside and visiting.  It was easy to go through the local area since we had a breather on Xmas and the weekend.  

I did manage to find a couple of buys online though.   The laptop is getting another stick of memory from Newegg.com since its getting cheaper.   I do some heavy duty tasks on the machine and they all seem to eat up memory.   Its only got 2gb now, so one of the sticks will get swapped out and I’ll be able to do all the wacky stuff I like to do. 

Woot served up a TV card.   I don’t have a big TV here, mine is still standard def, so I’d like to be able actually see what the fuss is about.   Since the laptop is not quite 720p by the description I’ve read, but it will be a lot cleaner than the old Sony I’ve got in the living room.  I’ll plug this thing into the USB port and it will get any over the air HDTV signals it finds.  Since I’m about 10 miles from the transmitters in South Florida, I’ll get all the local signals.  A $20 card is a lot cheaper than a big flat panel set that will end up bolted to the walls and its easier to work with.  

I’m finding these new toys or necessities, depending on your view, by surfing http://www.dealnews.com and skimming through their deals every day.  They have listings of all sorts of things from electronics to computers to watches and books.  I’ve been surfing it daily for months now, and I’m finding it fairly useful.  Both the memory and the TV stick were on the site.  

Maybe my wallet would be better off if I stopped, but Dealnews is a keeper.

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Amazon.com can be annoying

I am sure that they have legions of programmers and marketers and psychologists working there.   They’re all there for one goal – to get you to buy something.   So why are they trying to annoy me?   Am I missing something?  Do they need to be shown how to properly write a website?

Marketing Rule Number One – never annoy your customers.

I went back to Amazon.com for the first time in a very long time today.  They had the best price for K9 Advantix.   Living in South Florida, having flea protection for your dogs and cats is a requirement.  It is simply not an option.   If your pet goes outside, your pet needs to be protected.   I had run out of the stuff so I took to online to find the best price.  Out of all the local big box stores, and the vet prices, they were the best by about $20 for a 6 month supply and that is significant.  

I hadn’t gone back for so long that they had dropped my sign-on so I re-added myself.   First annoyance is that they insisted that I had lived in another city and wanted me to confirm that I really really really did live in Wilton Manors.  One of three zip codes and they’re all shared with adjacent cities. 

I went to confirm the address and there was no OK Button.   Turns out that my ad blocker was blocking the OK button.  When I turned that off, I remembered why I didn’t like Amazon.  Not only do they have their own merchandise, they insist that you look at advertisements for OTHER merchandise.  Now I’m assaulted by their advertising for themselves and the latest and greatest crap from every other bozo that gets loaded in there.

Third annoyance was when I decided to look at their Gold Box Specials.   These are specials that are supposed to be better than their usual ones so I thought why not give them a chance.  All 323 items, 65 pages of them.   I got to about page 10 and decided that was pointless.   Another chance for a sale gone Amazon.com.

Finally I had the last annoyance.   I went into their netbook store and tried to look around.   Sure, they showed you the products but the prices were all “Click to See Price”.   No Thanks, I closed the session and I’ll go to Dealnews for general merchandise specials or Pricewatch for computer spot prices.  If they lead me to Amazon, I’ll go through their idiocy but wny bother going there directly?

Am I missing something?