It’s that time again…time for another rambling blog post where I have no set agenda before I start banging away on the keyboard. If you would like to write to me, my email address is michael at fkbooks and tips dot com (I type it out that way in a small effort to thwart the spammers).
I’m not sure about where you live, but here in Houston it is cold – those of you who live where it is normally in the teens or less in the winter may be laughing (or grumbling) at my comment, but when you live in an area where you run the air conditioner 95% of the time, we start bundling up and do what we can! I will be attending a high school football playoff game this afternoon, and think the hot chocolate machine at the concession stand will be running overtime today.
Amazon’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday Promotions
If you were like me, you picked up a few deals during Amazon’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday promotions – the Cyber Monday promotions are really misleading as it has continued all week – and the mailroom guy at my office is starting to scratch his head and comment on all of the Amazon packages being delivered. If Amazon holds true to past history, and they would be crazy not to, these deals will continue right up through December 23rd (then they will start the after Christmas specials).
You can check out all of the deals – they add more every hour – if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/amazonmonday into your web browser. I’ll tell you the blog does receive a small commission for each purchase you make if you click that link: these commissions help defray the server and other operating costs of the blog.
Many of you have asked me for a main link to go peruse the Amazon site in an effort to help the blog. You can click here or type in http://smarturl.it/fkbtblog into your web browser. Using these links does not increase the costs of your purchases, but each nickel from a 99 cent Kindle book, etc., helps out. I’d appreciate it if you would bookmark this link and use it throughout the year!
Christmas Packages Tip
As I mentioned above, I have my Amazon packages shipped to my office. Why? Packages have a bad habit of disappearing or magically growing legs and feet when they are left on the front porch of a house until you arrive back home from work. If the package is delivered to an office, typically someone will sign for it and the package remains safe. I’ve heard hundreds of stories over the years from the blog members of things never arriving at home: they probably did arrive, but someone saw the package on the doorstep and decided to take it for themselves. If your office doesn’t object to your UPS packages being delivered to the office, I’d recommend you doing that for your Amazon (and other online) purchases.
Amazon recently raised the minimum order amount before you can receive free shipping – and the shipping is usually UPS ground or through the post office, each of which can take 5 business days or more before it gets to you.
Amazon has a program called “Prime” whch has several benefits, including:
- Free two day shipping (you can have next day shipping for just $3.99)
- Unlimited instant streaming of 40,000+ television shows and movies to your Kindle Fire, TIVO, TV, etc.
- You can borrow over 350,000 Kindle books – including some bestsellers – for free.
Amazon Prime does cost $79 per year, and if you make a lot of purchases from Amazon it makes sense to be a member of it.
I’m not telling you this in order to get you to spend $79. I’m telling you this because you can try out Prime for free for 30 days – if you don’t like it you can cancel it before they charge you – which would be perfect for shipping all of your Christmas and Holiday packages not only to you but to the recipients across the globe. Sign up for the free trial which will get you through the Christmas buying season! You can check it out if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/primetrial into your web browser. If you like it, keep it; if you don’t, make sure you cancel after Christmas and after you have had all of your Christmas shopping shipped out for free.
I’ve been a Prime member for about five years now and it has been worth every penny. I borrow a Kindle book once a month that would have cost me five bucks or more each, my family and I watch a heck of a lot of TV shows and movies for free, and the shipping savings on purchases has been significant: even the heavy things that weigh over 50 pounds have free two day shipping. I’ve guesstimated my family watches over $500 per year of movies and TV shows we would have rented via instant video or RedBox, the book borrowing has saved me about $50 per year, and the free two day shipping has saved me several hundred dollars each year as I make most purchases from Amazon as I hate going to the store.
Kindle Daily Deal
Many of you have asked me about the Kindle Daily Deal: just as I started getting back to posting about the Kindle Daily Deal each day I stopped again. Why? Amazon started offering too many things each day during the Christmas shopping season and it would take me about an hour to setup the post for it. Right now, they are offering “12 Days of Deals” with multiple books in each of the usual categories. As I look at the Daily Deal page this morning, there are 15 deals exclusively for today, plus if you scroll down the page a bit there are another 50 listed by genre / category.
Free Paid App of the Day
Today’s free paid app of the day for your Kindle Fire or Android-enabled smartphone / tablet is called Riptide. It’s normally $1.99 but is free for today only. You can pick it up for free if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/appdeal into your web browser.
That’s all I had for today – I hope each of you has a great, and warmer, weekend!
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