Tracker Pixel for Entry

Buying online has become the new normal

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Culture | February 15th, 2017

Actually my wife does most of the shopping, but I do find some really good deals on Amazon. You haven't been there? You should give it a try.

Amazon is the world's largest big box store. I do mean big box! There are millions of products to choose from. A great number of them are just a day away if you want. But to me the best part of Amazon is the (almost) free shipping. It is called "Prime.” You must pay a $100 annual fee for Prime but once you have done that there is no shipping for a large majority of their products.

Another great feature of Amazon are the choices and the reviews of a product. Let me give you a recent example: I needed a wire cheese cutter for my kitchen. Looking on Amazon, I found about six of them. Which one do I choose? Well, the reviews on each one of them helped me find the one that I needed. If a buyer of one of those cheese cutters didn't like it after receiving it, he or she could write a review explaining what was right or wrong with the item.

Now how do you pay for your items? The credit card is the payment of choice for me but you can send them the routing and account number for your checking account or pay via Paypal. I understand that some of you may have some objections to using a credit card online and others might not like using a Paypal-like system but the majority of Amazon transactions go very smoothly.

I order about once a week from Amazon. If each item I buy averages one pound, then the total shipping for the year is $364. Not all of the items I buy are eligible for Amazon Prime, but most of them are. Also, many items weigh more than one pound.

How much did I save last year? A lot. I greatly dislike paying shipping costs. The product list also includes movies, music, an endless list of departments including sports, outdoors, hobbies, home and garden, and it goes on and on. I buy a lot of software and most of my electronics there because the price is usually the lowest. Even if the price is the same as the local store, the no-charge shipping and most of the time no sales tax makes it more attractive to buy on Amazon. Buying online has become the new normal.

Online retail is still changing. You may have heard that Walmart's online site now has free shipping and an extended product line. Also Ebay has a wide variety of products. The difference when using Ebay is that you are buying from an individual or small company. Sometimes you can bargain with the sellers there to get the price down below the Amazon or Walmart price.

Most of the Thirty-somethings are already using Amazon extensively and us old folks have to take advantage of the convenience of shopping online that Amazon provides. Give it a try and email me. I would like to hear about your experiences.

Recently in:

BISMARCK – The Dakota Access Pipeline developer agreed to plant trees to reach a settlement over two misconduct allegations while constructing the pipeline on Wednesday. A total of 20,000 trees are to be planted by December 31,…

photo by Meg Luther Lindholm.Ibtissem (pronounced Ib-tiss-em) Belmihoub is both enjoying her time in Fargo as a doctoral student in Rhetoric, Writing and Culture at NDSU and a community volunteer. She is currently the Project…

Wed-Fri, September 27-29, 8pm; Sat-Sun, 2pmComstock Theatre, Concordia College, 901 8th St S, MoorheadIt is October, 1517, at Wittenberg University in northern Germany, where students and faculty begin another academic year. A…

Our opinion: We’re more than the sum of our partsOver the weekend I was telling a friend of mine that one of the most valuable things a person can gain in life is perspective. My time at the High Plains Reader has gifted me just…

What kind of characters would charge $99 for a case of water?In the days before the solar eclipse safety glasses sold for $8.95 for a five-pack of certified glasses. The day before the eclipse the price was raised to $59. During…

The moment of truth has arrived. After seven weeks of sampling and judging some of the finest libations in the area the results for this year’s Cocktail Showdown have arrived. Christopher Larson, Raul Gomez and Sabrina Hornung…

Brand new and satisfying in so many waysI ventured into Tru Blu on Sunday at noon. As soon as I entered I was immediately astonished by the interior. It’s gorgeous! The brown tufted booths and dark wood give the impression that…

Fall is arriving, and that of course means that the new season of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra’s “Masterworks” series sponsored by Sanford Health is right around the corner.In the last couple concert seasons they…

Rom-coms are a staple of modern movies and have been for well over a century. This summer two very different variations on the genre spotlighting iconic 20th-century superstars made their Blu-ray debuts from Kino-Lorber. One is a…

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. This nonprofit organization described their mission as “To identify students with their exceptional artistic and literary talent and…

‘Heathers’ hits the Empire stage in Grand ForksBefore the pink-clad Plastics or Cher’s group of popular beauties in “Clueless,” the shoulder pad-wearing, croquet mallet-wielding Heathers ruled the halls of Westerberg High…

Humor

​Talking to strangers

by Sabrina Hornung

“I don’t have a tour, like, on the back of a sweatshirt,” comedian Paula Poundstone says. “I go out every weekend. This weekend I went out Friday, Saturday and Monday. Mostly it’s Friday/Saturday or Thursday through…

Up here where it’s north of normal, we can pretty much count on our first cold snap to hit right about now, and the 90 degree day we JUST HAD seems like a distant memory. Goodbye pool parties, BBQs and the patio hang sesh. Hello…

Essential oils. They are all the buzz lately. It seems everyone has heard of them or is purchasing them. Some people know how to use them; others are just interested in the wonder of their complex scents.Essential oils are as…

Live and Learn

​The other shoe

by HPR Contributor

By Elizabeth Nawrotnawrot@mnstate.eduI look up from my hotel lobby breakfast astonished to see a framed print of Wassily Kandinsky's "Mit und Gegen,” a masterpiece of color and composition that just happens to be my favorite…

By Robert Franklin, Esq.parents@nationalparentsorganization.orgIn North Dakota, a child’s chances of spending meaningful time with each parent following divorce have less to do with his parents than what county they divorce…