But it's OK, because I buy everything from Amazon, and it saves me a lot of time and money. I never would have thought about buying laundry detergent online and having it shipped overnight. But it ends up being cheaper than buying it at the grocery store, and I don't have to carry it home.
I'm not convinced Amazon makes any money off of me, but that's really not my problem :)
Am I the only one that is absolutely amazed that this is even possible? I mean...if you described this to somebody 100 years ago, they would have thought it was a form of magic.
"There is a box on my desk. It shows me pictures of things I can buy. If i press on one of the pictures, that item shows up at my door while I'm at work the next day and the money is automatically given to the person I bought it from by my bank."
I like the idea of Amazon Prime but I would feel bad just ordering some paper towels or toothpaste because I can.
It's wasteful if the UPS truck isn't being sufficiently utilized, it's downright awesome if it is.
FWIW, I cycle to the store, so until Amazon has a distribution hub in my town and cycle couriers for delivery, they're not going to be more fuel-efficient.
[Of course, cycling has health benefits too, but if we're just considering fuel...]
Not sure about all the downvotes, I'm just trying to discuss possible negative effects. I usually just downvote when something is off-topic or someone is being a troll.
The way I look at it is this: with a brick and mortar store you only have the efficient, bulk transport all the way up until the retail endpoint. Everything after that is somewhere between ludicrously wasteful, and terrifyingly wasteful. Even then, we can fulfill entire cities from a single (or very few) warehouses in an online shopping context, but retail stores require many more locations, each carrying a smaller amount of stock (much of which will remain unsold to be returned elsewhere), and situated according to the whims of the consumer, not the efficiency of distribution.
You driving to the store for your toothpaste may seem like a negligible amount of pollution contribution - but multiply that by everyone in your entire city, and suddenly hauling a fleet of semi trailers would seem downright clean in comparison.
With online shopping the shipping process remains bulk from the supplier all the way to your door - there is no SUV with a single passenger hauling 3 bags of groceries - that UPS truck is packed to the brim and has a highly optimized route. Not to mention, with consolidated inventories, overstock (and thus more transportation and garbage waste) is greatly reduced and you don't have the added transportation layer of distribution center -> retail store.
But I don't drive to the store. I cycle. Ever seen a UPS guy on a bike, delivering everyone's Amazon orders?
> there is no SUV with a single passenger hauling 3 bags of groceries
People doing that are, frankly, tossers. If you start from A and say "B is a great optimisation compared to A," then you are missing C,D and E, all of which are better.
As a practical thing Amazon could do, how about slipping a tube of toothpaste in with your regular books order, a few days before you would otherwise have ordered a new tube?
How many of you are out there in the USA? Honestly, not many. The vast majority of Americans drive to get their groceries and get their shopping done. I hate to say it - but you're a relatively rare edge case.
There's also the unsolved problem of overstock - and the smaller the store (physically) the worse it gets. In order to maintain selection, brick and mortar stores must stock a large range of items, many of which sell poorly. Maybe in your entire city 5 units would get sold in a given month - but if there are 30 stores in the city, each one would now have to hang onto a single unit, since you don't know when/where a customer would want it. A great deal of overstock ends up in landfills, and even the stuff that does not, it requires further transportation to consolidate, and then even more transportation to liquidate.
For an online store, since a single facility serves a much larger number of customers, overstock is improved by leaps and bounds (orders of magnitude, really). This results in less garbage waste due to not having to stock a lot of stuff that isn't expected to sell, and less transportation cost also.
> how about slipping a tube of toothpaste in with your regular books order
You're thinking about something like Amazon Tote:
or Amazon Fresh - where non-grocery items can be included in your normal grocery run.
If you live in a big city, and travel to work, you would have ample opportunity to buy stuff on the way and back. This is what I do, but then I bike and actually give a shit about stuff like this.
1.amazon has a really strong incentive to prevent too many "single toothpaste" scenarios.
2.e-commerce delivery (from warehouse to home) takes 1/3 of the gas of driving to the store , and it's much more practical and realistic to convert a fleet of UPS trucks into clean energy , than household cars.
If this grows big, this looks like a thing that can be part of the lives of the whole population(not only environmentalists like us) and be a serious part in the fight for global warming.
The individual packaging is another story.
"When you sign up for Amazon Student, you'll receive e-mail alerts for discounts and promotions. If you don't want any more Amazon Student e-mails, you may cancel your Amazon Student membership. If you do this, your Amazon Prime benefits will also end when the membership is canceled."
On a side note, you can also remove any periods(.) from an email. Example: firstname.lastname@example.org becomes email@example.com. I think this was done to help cut back on phishing and scamming, but I don't really know why.
My university has since moved to Microsoft's Live service- retaining the .edu extension. I will try to see if the plus(+) notion works with it.
I'm just glad there's this provision:
"The automatic renewal provisions in the Amazon Prime Terms & Conditions (which would require you to pay for Amazon Prime) do not apply to this membership, even if we decide to extend the free Amazon Prime offer beyond one year."
So they can't charge me behind my back ^_^
> Only students currently enrolled in a college or university who have a valid .edu e-mail address to confirm their status are eligible to participate in Amazon Student.
1. I now order many things I wouldn't have even considered ordering on-line before. When I can order something off Amazon and have it in 2 days with free shipping, why bother buying it at the store?
2. The amount of time I wait before ordering an item has decreased. While before I would "batch order" anything I want from Amazon, giving me time to review everything I was thinking of purchasing, not needing to worry about shipping lends itself to ordering items one at a time. One Click makes it even easier. This makes impulse buys a lot easier.
3. Ordering something from Amazon is so much more attractive than ordering from other websites now, even more than it was before. Even when ordering from the Amazon site, I almost always buy prime eligible items which are usually items sold by Amazon itself, not a retailer. I'll usually spend a few extra bucks buying the same item from Amazon than from somewhere else just for the convenience.
tldr: Prime makes you spend a lot of money at Amazon
If they call you on it, you may be on the hook for full shipping charges for everything you ordered. Not clear what would happen if you don't pony up but banishment from Amazon would be slightly painful for me, at least.
This means I can do enjoyable things on the weekend instead of running errands.
We both go to Northwestern University where the student email addresses are Google Apps emails @u.northwestern.edu.
Since in my experience Amazon's customer support people are actually people, they might be able to make an exception for your particular domain if you contact them.
Berklee College of Music, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is the
largest independent college of contemporary music in the world.
Acquisition of FedEx or UPS imminent?
This is brilliant.
Oh well, I'll need more. Signed up!