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Old 12-07-2013, 01:31 PM   #1
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Amazon Instant Video

So I got prime and have found a few things on here that aren't on Netflix (Daria, Waltz with Bashir, Persepolis) but I'm wondering what else is there that's worth watching. Their UI sucks for finding new content.
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:21 PM   #2
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I used it for a while, then got a Netflix account. I have found very little on it that isn't also on Netflix, and Amazon won't work with Chromecast (audio doesn't cast).
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Old 12-07-2013, 05:46 PM   #3
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Justified if you haven't seen it.
Seasons 1-3 are on Prime

Also enjoyed Rubicon which was an AMC series on Prime
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:09 AM   #4
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The last two seasons of Top Gear are on there

But you might still have to pay for those.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:41 AM   #5
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Yep, their user interface sucks donkey balls. They should work on that instead of drones to our doorstep. But then 60 Minutes may not give them a free 20 minute infomercial for a mere UI upgrade.


Biggest advantage to me, is that I can buy content if it isn't available under the standard membership. This is also a downside, but sometimes it is nice to be able to stream something that neither Netflix nor Amazon has. (I don't redbox)

I've found some Ok content via Googling. Sites that have things like "100 top Amazon Prime movies" etc.

Like Netflix what is "free" and what isn't is constantly changing. So if you really want to see something watch it now, not later. For instance I believe it was on Prime (Sorry I often forget whether it was Prime or Netflix sometimes) That I was able to watch the UK version of Life on Mars. Excellent show. Now I believe it is no longer available.

http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/l...ant-video.html

http://aboutprime.com/20-best-amazon...lix-movies-tv/

http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=3338718011
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:22 AM   #6
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Turns out, "free shipping" is not exactly free. Many items are excluded and often now, there is a Prime price and a notice that you can get it cheaper if you pay for shipping. Guess what, the prices end up about the same.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:03 AM   #7
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Turns out, "free shipping" is not exactly free. Many items are excluded and often now, there is a Prime price and a notice that you can get it cheaper if you pay for shipping. Guess what, the prices end up about the same.
I think that's due to the sellers, when you click on the item you get Amazon or one of their main partner's product pages. Then there's that link saying "# new & used from $$$$" and the smaller companies who sell through Amazon try to get ahead of the competition by offering it at say half the cost and then a huge S&H fee hoping you just see that low cost and click them.

Amazon has really embraced having the other sellers on their marketplace and other companies like Newegg are doing it too now.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:11 AM   #8
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I think that's due to the sellers, when you click on the item you get Amazon or one of their main partner's product pages. Then there's that link saying "# new & used from $$$$" and the smaller companies who sell through Amazon try to get ahead of the competition by offering it at say half the cost and then a huge S&H fee hoping you just see that low cost and click them.

Amazon has really embraced having the other sellers on their marketplace and other companies like Newegg are doing it too now.


and they're upfront about it on the item page.
They know most people will spend a little more for the convenience of 2 day shipping and everything arriving on the same day, maybe even in the same box.
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and they're upfront about it on the item page.
They know most people will spend a little more for the convenience of 2 day shipping and everything arriving on the same day, maybe even in the same box.
The other issue is Amazon or a prime shipper will send it of that day or the next one, while I don't think the other sellers guarantee when it will be shipped. So you might pay 4 bucks for X day shipping but then add in 2-3 days until they ship it. Reading the reviews of the other sellers is key if they're the only option.
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Turns out, "free shipping" is not exactly free. Many items are excluded and often now, there is a Prime price and a notice that you can get it cheaper if you pay for shipping. Guess what, the prices end up about the same.
I often compare other prices besides Prime when buying from Amazon. There might be some that are maybe a few cents cheaper, but not often.

There was an article some months back that Amazon makes little to no money from Prime because they do include shipping and other perks. What they do get though is the fact that those who are Prime subscribers buy twice as much stuff from Amazon as non-Prime buyers.

Amazon has a lot of revenue, but they are actually losing money from time to time.
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I think that's due to the sellers, when you click on the item you get Amazon or one of their main partner's product pages. Then there's that link saying "# new & used from $$$$" and the smaller companies who sell through Amazon try to get ahead of the competition by offering it at say half the cost and then a huge S&H fee hoping you just see that low cost and click them.

Amazon has really embraced having the other sellers on their marketplace and other companies like Newegg are doing it too now.
What I hate is when they (the other sellers) offer a lower base price, but then make it up with shipping, so the cost is almost the same. I have seen them price stuff Amazon sells for $5+, for less than one dollar, then jack up the shipping to match the higher prices of others.

Do they think I am stupid or what?
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and they're upfront about it on the item page.
They know most people will spend a little more for the convenience of 2 day shipping and everything arriving on the same day, maybe even in the same box.
But it rarely arrives that quick. I have ordered stuff with the free two day shipping, then waited several days for it to ship. It is 2 day shipping from the time they ship, not from the time you order - even when they say "get it by" such and such a date.

I don't mind - I usually get it the next week within 4 or 5 days - but it isn't what they seem to present.
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What I hate is when they (the other sellers) offer a lower base price, but then make it up with shipping, so the cost is almost the same. I have seen them price stuff Amazon sells for $5+, for less than one dollar, then jack up the shipping to match the higher prices of others.

Do they think I am stupid or what?
They're banking on that....or at the very least you got sucked onto their page and now that you see it's the same price you still go with them.

When using google shopping they display the total price, but Amazon has the price in a nice big red font, then a much smaller light grey one has the shipping. I just found a great example:

http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-LIVE-Mont...A27RIP0968G1L9

12 dollars shipping and handling on something that's the same size as one of those gift cards they have at the pharmacy/supermarket
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Since I'm a Prime member, everytime a package has been late I've made it a point to contact customer service to emphasize that I paid for the two day shipping that they guaranteed.

So far they've extended my Prime membership 2 extra months.

And yes, their video interface blows chunks.
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Since I'm a Prime member, everytime a package has been late I've made it a point to contact customer service to emphasize that I paid for the two day shipping that they guaranteed.

So far they've extended my Prime membership 2 extra months.

And yes, their video interface blows chunks.
Ding ding ding. I complained once about one package being delayed and they gave me $50 in Amazon credit. The item cost $50. I couldn't be more pleased with the service, overall.
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