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They seem to be killing more than the magic shops.

http://bigthink.com/david-ryan-polgar/bl......can-jobs
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I dunno... my brother works for Amazon and is probably the best job he has had so far, as benefits and stability are concerned.

Didn't they say the same thing about Wal*Mart 10 years ago?
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Hey, my brother's best job was working as clean-up man for the elephants in the circus, but it doesn't mean he was in show business.
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I do spend a lot of time searching through Amazon for ideas for routines.

So far I have bought a set of black plastic nesting dolls (blanks) for a card mind reading effect, and a large copper penny, a copper shot glass, and an eye chart iron-on transfer.

Have fun trying to figure that one out. Smile
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Ironically I just started at Amazon this week. The reason they're so successful isn't the technology. Their first leadership principle is "Obsession with the customer." The lengths they go to to ensure a great customer experience is amazing. Any company that puts as much focus on the customer as they do will be successful.

Also Amazon encourages partners to sell through them, even if it competes with Amazon products. They do it to offer wider selection and options to the customer. So they are actually providing increased options to magic sellers.
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Wow! Check this out!

I was curious how much I spent over the years on Amazon and was surprised to see that for the last 10 years I spent $9,017.93

That is a lot more than I expected.
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I spend about that a year.
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Danny and Brian: you've put your finger on Amazon's success. If you buy hundreds of little things, you'll barely notice that yoh've emtied your savings. It's the new economy: from phone charges to Costco impulse buys to online purchases. Vendors count on our not being aware of our indulgences.
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Oh actuality quite the contrary for me. I know exactly what I am buying. I use Prime Now for groceries when I am on the way home from the airport in Uber. I buy equipment for shows we produce.

Not only do we have savings and rebates but the convenience and savings of time is in and if itself worth it.

Having things like toothpaste and shampoo on recurring delivery is helpful for our lifestyle.

The company is almost Taylor made for us.
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Thanks for that info, Brian. I'm almost scared to click on my record. At some point, Amazon started doing more than books, and made it very easy to buy most of what I buy online. Always the first place I look for just about everything.

But they still treat their workers like crap. I definitely have a guilty conscience about it. Another example of where information isn't enough to change behavior.
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On Apr 1, 2017, Dannydoyle wrote:
I spend about that a year.


Up to a few years ago the available items that could be shipped here was limited, but now I buy almost every non-perishable item from Amazon instead of off the economy.

They still won't send me Caffeine Free Diet Coke though...
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On Apr 1, 2017, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
Danny and Brian: you've put your finger on Amazon's success. If you buy hundreds of little things, you'll barely notice that yoh've emtied your savings. It's the new economy: from phone charges to Costco impulse buys to online purchases. Vendors count on our not being aware of our indulgences.



The steady spending I do now is items for the family back in the States. Since I don't get 'home' that often a monthly box of goodies lets them know that I'm still thinking about them.
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Amazon has a charitable program called Amazon Smiles. 0.5% of purchase goes to a charity of your choice. Check them out:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/......01365340


If you're invovled in a charity, you can get it registered for folds to donate...
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On Mar 21, 2017, Salguod Nairb wrote:
I read that thread Danny, I too thought Penguin went above and beyond the call of duty to make him happy. Though, IMO he didn't appreciate it and was still being critical.

That is why I gave them a try.


I just ordered from Penguin. A DVD which I almost never do.

Process was smooth as could be. I have to admit that I didn't price shop unbuttountil after I ordered, but it is cheaper at Penguin than amazon.

I guys my conversion is complete.
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I found a great deal on colored rope and colored bells awhile back on Amazon. I'm working on a bells (cups) on and off rope routine. Sort of a magnetic color thing.

I have just received today my shipment of my subscribe and save items (Amazon) and they were rather beaten up. Whoever packed the items put rather heavy items with several light ones, so the light ones got crushed. No padding in the box either. The last time this happened Amazon sent free replacement items with rushed priority shipping.

I sent them an email and expect a response by tomorrow. So far Amazon has fixed every issue I had (as far as shipping items that is; I mean I still do that thing when out in public but can't expect Amazon to fix that, but I digress).
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Amazon update:

They are sending free replacement items for those damaged and refunded me an item that they can't send to my APO, all in under 6 hours too.
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