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  posted on 12/30/2016 at 08:37 AM
http://www.salon.com/2016/12/30/could-amazon-stop-ron-swanson-with-a-gun-a- new-patent-for-drone-protection-shows-the-retailer-is-trying/

Honestly I don't know how I feel about the air space potentially being filled with buzzing delivery drones.

One could say they are just busy doing their job the quickest way possible, but others could say with all this technology, are the drones gathering "intel" to and from their delivery ?

There was that one case some time ago where a homeowner shot down his neighbors drone because his teenage girls were sunbathing in the back yard and the drone was hovering - the shooter got charged in that situation as I recall, but I most definitely sided with him on that one.

In the Amazon article it states that they are either already building in or thinking about the capability, in the event of a "hostile action" against the drone, gathering info to relay to the authorities.

So one could take that line way out into the conspiracy realms.

 

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  posted on 12/30/2016 at 06:05 PM
Oh to be a kid roaming with a slingshot again.
 

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  posted on 12/31/2016 at 01:09 PM
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Oh to be a kid roaming with a slingshot again.


Or a BB gun...LOL

 

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  posted on 12/31/2016 at 02:31 PM
Or a garden hose with a good hi power spray attachment oughta do the trick.
 

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  posted on 12/31/2016 at 02:32 PM
Btw try to boycott Amazon
 

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  posted on 1/4/2017 at 12:56 PM
Why is that ?

 

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  posted on 1/4/2017 at 03:01 PM
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Btw try to boycott Amazon


Has anyone noticed that Amazon is the new Walmart? The hatred for Walmart is shifting now to Amazon being the villain that is killing small business in your community.


 

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  posted on 1/4/2017 at 03:59 PM
I admit that I buy a lot from Amazon - but a lot of it is music, and I always buy the cd/dvd, not the mp3 downloads (although some come free when you buy the cd). The Best Buy near me has almost no music anymore, so I have been forced to use Amazon (and a local used cd place).

Amazon's business is changing - they have opened 2 or 3 massive warehouses in the Chicago area, with more to come - and bringing jobs to the area. While Amazon does a lot of it's own fulfilling, many things are sold by independent dealers - some of them those small businesses in your community.....

 

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  posted on 1/4/2017 at 05:19 PM
Why boycott Amazon? Long story, but worth the telling so it is out there in searchland where Amazon agents will find it. Amazon is dishonest. Amazon reviews are false, to the extent that Amazon allows and encourages vendors to stack the reviews with fake good reviews. Might not seem like a big deal, until you consider that the first place most people go for product advice is Amazon reviews, thinking they are reading honest reports.

Bought a real crappy pair of headphones, based on fantastic Amazon reviews - I mean these cans were worse than dollar store crap. So I went to write a review, and noticed there were tons of great reviews being posted every day, drowning out the rare honest review that said the product sucked. Seemed like bullsh*t. Also the vendor was posting the same reply over and over.

I checked Amazon's policy page and found rules against false reviews, as well as repeat form posts. So I went back to the reviews and started posting a form reply, same as the vendor was doing, saying that I thought the reviews were false, and the headphones were bad. I mean, this was blatant, five star after five star review, obviously someone just cranking them out, saying anything. Then they would stop until someone posted a bad review, then suddenly a flood of top reviews. Total bullsh*t.

Amazon started deleting my repeat posts, while allowing the vendor's repeat (and dishonest) posts. I contacted Amszon regarding this, and their response was inform me that Amazon reviews are read by millions and are an important element of the online marketplace and my criticism could be detrimental to vendors' business. Then Amazon blocked me from posting reviews or replies. I had not used foul language or flamed, just stated that the product was garbage and the reviews were too good to be true.

On top of all this, Amazon's review policies invite you to report possible abuse of the reviews. Which I did, and they gagged me. Welcome to 1984. Amazon can kiss my * ss!

So - I have avoided shopping on Amazon since



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  posted on 1/6/2017 at 11:30 PM
Interesting story on the reviews.

I have had problems with returns when the product is bought through the third party on Amazon. Amazon does not do anything in that situation, everything is directed to be between the buyer and third party seller...and I haven't had good experience with that. I think Amazon should take more of a central role in facilitating a return, exchange or refund.

I did recently have an issue with a record I bought on Amazon, fulfilled by Amazon. I ordered quantity two by accident and they wouldn't take the new and unopened LP back. After I complained about their policy they did eventually credit me the amount and tell me to give the album away if I wish. I found it quite odd that they would balk at me wanting to return an item that again was new, unopened and unused.

Not a huge fan of Amazon.

You all probably know that they have the Amazon smile site, where a percent of what you buy is donated to a charity? Not sure how it works exactly. My wife has the Amazon account we use and she always uses the smile site. She is also a prime member...maybe that is why they folded and eventually credited me back the money on that record, because it was bought by a prime member.

I have family members that buy stuff for a vacation and have it sent to the vacation spot ahead of time rather than going out to the local store to buy stuff. Kind of weird to buy something like sun screen online and have it shipped and waiting for you at the vacation destination rather than going out to the store to buy supplies. I guess on one hand it makes things easier...and I'm just rather old school. I like to go out and get necessities for the trip after we arrive in an actual store.

 

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  posted on 1/7/2017 at 01:48 AM
Yes, that sucks about the reviews.

I use Amazon to buy things I can't really get locally or things that are overpriced in the stores that I can get quite a bit cheaper on Amazon. I also have a Costco close by, and do a lot of shopping there......

 

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  posted on 1/7/2017 at 01:59 AM
Yeah they totally pissed me off. However your point re small vendors being able to sell on Amazon is good. Probably keeping a bunch of folks in business who wouldn't have a chance otherwise. I'm the same, once in a while will order music from Amazon. Best site for books is Abebooks. usually cheaper and always a buck less ship than Amazon. Great record site, for good condition used, more trustworthy and often cheaper than Amazon is Discogs.

 

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  posted on 1/7/2017 at 02:03 AM
sh*t how did sangs frekin bananas get into my post?

 

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  posted on 1/7/2017 at 07:50 AM
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I have had problems with returns when the product is bought through the third party on Amazon. Amazon does not do anything in that situation, everything is directed to be between the buyer and third party seller...and I haven't had good experience with that.



+1

Bought a small wristwatch display back in October with "guaranteed 5 business day delivery" through a 3rd party seller on Amazon and it never arrived, finally got my refund last week. I am totally for the 3rd party sellers when they follow policy but like you have mentioned I usually have a negative experience unless dealing directly with Amazon.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2017 at 12:16 PM
I love Amazon.

As mentioned above, I buy CD's, often times from another vendor that lists through Amazon.

I sometimes use their website just to reference a CD or track listing, use the site just for reference purposes.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2017 at 01:05 PM
Never had a problem with Amazon, I use them all the time. As a matter of fact, FED Ex just dropped off a shelf I ordered last Friday. I hate shopping in stores, avoid it for most things if I can help it. And it's not like they are putting a hurt on the mom and pop specialty stores, they are primarily competing against the big retailers like Walmart and Target. I get guitar strings shipped to my door (sorry Guitar Center). Keeps UPS and Fed Ex busy against the real enemy: the Post Office

 

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