Once upon a time (April 2004 to be exact) I was trying to find a book on tape for a road trip with the kids who were 10 and 11 at the time. Our family had been listening to an awesome radio theatre version of Chronicles of Narnia on the radio and I wanted my own copy. I checked eBay and local stores but no one had it in stock. Someone suggested Amazon.com, an online bookstore like Borders, my daughter’s favorite hangout.
I was so excited to see that it was not only in stock, but 2 day shipping was free for orders over $50. That was the beginning of a love relationship with Amazon.com, now the largest Internet-based retailer in the United States with separate retail websites in the United Kingdom and Ireland, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, Japan, China, India and Mexico.
I’m cheap, I admit it. I hate buyer’s remorse so I spend a lot of time researching the best items for the best prices. At first I purchased books, LOTS of books, mostly for Ash who read everything she could get her hands on, from Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle to Shannon Hale’s Books of Bayern. Then Amazon Prime was launched allowing me free two day shipping for an annual fee and a free return policy.
Next came music, movies and online games like Guild Wars, smartphones and accessories, clothing and shoes, a heated blanket for Grandpa and Grandma in their cold Idaho mountain home, a Phantom of the Opera poster for my niece on her birthday, Fleurdelis jewelry for my sister for Christmas, essential oil diffusers for my co-workers, food and toys for the pets, wall decor and kitchenware for my daughter’s new home, clothing, toys and furniture for baby showers, equipment and supplies for the office, health and beauty products, personal, household and pantry items, hobbies and crafts, hunting and fishing gear, hunting and fishing gear, Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 Champions (I had to add that since I like in Colorado – OH YES!!!) … SERIOUSLY is there anything you can’t find on Amazon.com?
But I’m not done yet. Amazon Prime members now enjoy the following for only $99/year and you can try it out for free for 30 days.
- FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items (this pays for itself)
- Unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs (love their pre-made song lists)
- Instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video (a big seller but not my thing)
- Free unlimited photo storage with Amazon Cloud Drive (can be loaded on all devices)
- Read free books each month through Kindle First and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (or listen)
So what are you waiting for?Thanks for sharing...