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Old 01-11-18, 07:55 PM   #801
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That is truly fucked up.
Yeah, Amazon guy must have gone a little postal. But I wonder if the cops had fun?

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Old 01-12-18, 05:24 PM   #802
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Just had my first blatantly late package. OnTrac - who I've always been skeptical about. Just ... never showed up yesterday. No attempt. Nothing.

In Phoenix, OnTrac and LazerShip were the two original couriers Amazon started using when they branched out to smaller couriers. And I've heard lots of complaints about them. I know a little about the delivery business. They both come across as companies that bid down costs until they weren't making enough money to function properly. There is a point when you're losing money every time you process a transaction. That is a very real thing for businesses.
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Old 01-16-18, 12:47 PM   #803
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Prime Pantry jacked up shipping to $7.99? For fuck sake.
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Old 01-18-18, 12:41 PM   #804
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Just had my first blatantly late package. OnTrac - who I've always been skeptical about. Just ... never showed up yesterday. No attempt. Nothing.

In Phoenix, OnTrac and LazerShip were the two original couriers Amazon started using when they branched out to smaller couriers. And I've heard lots of complaints about them. I know a little about the delivery business. They both come across as companies that bid down costs until they weren't making enough money to function properly. There is a point when you're losing money every time you process a transaction. That is a very real thing for businesses.
That type of bidding practice also took down a ton of start-up/established boutique special effects houses (and even some of the larger more well known by the general public effects houses) several years back.

Sorry for the thread drift, but my brother in law who has been in the special effects business for many years (now making mad money at Technicolor) once explained to me how folks (owners of effects houses) who should know better low ball bids for movie shots to work on so they can take business from another shop/build up their portfolio to make it easier to win future bids on hot projects...only issue is that the race to the bottom bids becomes the new normal price that studios would be willing to pay for shots which lead to slipshod work due to lack of or overworked talent and of course eventual lay-offs when the remaining talent could not get paid.

I have to imagine the desire to get Amazon's business is intense for companies like OnTrac which means you have companies not standing their ground and providing Amazon with quotes that they know will lead to losses on each delivery...a well known dumb way to run a business and to be able to afford to keep the lights on (so to speak) but to this very day an all too common business practice.
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Old 01-18-18, 02:47 PM   #805
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Amazon has a transparency problem.

Three years ago, the retail giant became the last major tech company to reveal how many subpoenas, search warrants, and court orders it received for customer data in a half-year period. While every other tech giant had regularly published its government request figures for years, spurred on by accusations of participation in government surveillance, Amazon had been largely forgotten.

Eventually, people noticed and Amazon acquiesced.

Since then, Amazon's business has expanded. By its quarterly revenue, it's no longer a retail company -- it's a cloud giant and a device maker. The company's flagship Echo, an "always listening" speaker, collects vast amounts of customer data that's openly up for grabs by the government.

But Amazon's bi-annual transparency figures don't want you to know that.

In fact, Amazon has been downright deceptive in how it presents the data, obfuscating the figures in its short, but contextless, twice-yearly reports. Not only does Amazon offer the barest minimum of information possible, the company has -- and continues -- to deliberately mislead its customers by actively refusing to clarify how many customers, and which customers, are affected by the data demands it receives.


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Old 01-19-18, 09:40 PM   #806
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Prime Pantry jacked up shipping to $7.99? For fuck sake.
Since USPS raised prices, Amazon Prime raised them as well.
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Old 01-20-18, 12:53 AM   #807
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Yeah, only if you're paying month to month. If you pay up front it's still $99 a year. That comes out to $8.25 a month. I am satisfied. Or $49 if you're a student.
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Old 01-20-18, 09:31 AM   #808
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Amazon continues to find little ways to annoy the fuck out of you. You simply cannot add an ebook to your cart and check out. You *HAVE* to use One Click and therefore can't use any CC rewards points on the purchase. I turned off one click because I've hit it accidentally before.

It's admittedly a very small thing but there's just no reason for it and make me think of looking elsewhere just because.
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