Morning Discussion

As a video games fan, I always enjoyed the rush of news that accompanies events such as yesterday's X10. As a video games media-ish person however who plays a part in disseminating the deluge, I somewhat want to crawl back into bed and pretend it's Saturday. Though there was some nice stuff, and stuff.

If you find your thumbs a little idle this weekend then rejoice, for Idle Thumbs has returned. The traitorous Nick Bredon has of course abandoned them too but Steve 'Hot Scoops' Gaynor will be joining former Shacknews virtuoso Chris Remo and Jackie 'Video Games' Rodkins permanently to replace the Tunnel Commander. Good times.

Though if you're in the Laaandan area, you can also put your thumbs to good use flicking through comics, zines and book arts at the Alternative Press Festival 2010.

From The Chatty
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    February 12, 2010 5:04 AM

    This is really going to delight you Amazon Prime members!
    http://tinyurl.com/yftwvuf

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      February 12, 2010 5:05 AM

      Less so the ones that already have a Kindle.

      I guess I could sell the old one, though.

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      February 12, 2010 5:06 AM

      interesting.

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      February 12, 2010 5:07 AM

      Good luck, Phil!

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      February 12, 2010 5:11 AM

      That would definitely make my day.

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      February 12, 2010 5:12 AM

      I wonder if that's only for the "host" Prime member, or for anyone sharing a single subscription?

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        February 12, 2010 5:15 AM

        I can't really see them pulling an Oprah and just giving everyone and their brother one, but who knows, stranger things have happened.

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          February 12, 2010 5:17 AM

          I suspect you're right, but still...I wouldn't say no to one.

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        February 12, 2010 6:07 AM

        You can share a prime subscription?

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      February 12, 2010 5:21 AM

      That would rule. I've had Prime since around the time it came out.

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        February 12, 2010 5:42 AM

        I already have a Kindle, but yeah, this'd fuckin' rule, obviously.

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      February 12, 2010 5:40 AM

      Holy crap. Give me my free Kindle!

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        February 12, 2010 6:24 AM

        so I can sell it and get an iPad

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          February 12, 2010 7:14 AM

          And due to the inferior screen for extended reading, you'll decide that the ipad is best left attached to the fridge with magnets and used as a high-tech wacky message board for friends & family.

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            February 12, 2010 7:25 AM

            It would make a good coaster for my industrial size cappuccino mug.

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      February 12, 2010 5:53 AM

      I wonder if you could sign up for a multiple year contract of Prime to get one, or if they'd want you to be an existing customer who orders a lot.

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      February 12, 2010 6:14 AM

      I've had Prime since December and I love it. This will so rule my face if it actually happens.

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      February 12, 2010 6:18 AM

      I still dont get E-readers. I like books. They are signicantly cheaper and you can check out tons from a library for free.

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      February 12, 2010 6:19 AM

      man I love Amazon Prime so much.

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        February 12, 2010 6:25 AM

        what do you order that makes it worth it? it seems like every item i'm interested in (household goods) are not prime eligible like:
        -sonicare brushes
        -timtams

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          February 12, 2010 6:43 AM

          blu-rays - they usually have the best prices
          360/ps3/wii games - usually the best prices and lots of new releases have like $10 gift cards if you pre-order

          then diapers, baby stuff, eneloop batteries, etc

          I just searched and I see sonicare brushes, they are prime eligible, and they even have a subscribe and save for them too

          No tax for me in Indiana is the icing on the cake.

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            February 12, 2010 8:22 AM

            Games for sure. Between saving at least ~$5 from preordering, you also avoid tax, so you're saving like $8-$10 on new games, not counting other bonuses and promotions (free release date delivery). If you buy Atlus games anywhere else, you fucking fail.

            The daily deals and lightning deals fucking rock as well, in addition to the generally solid prices.

            Amazon > *

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              February 12, 2010 8:31 AM

              oh yeah, I forgot to mention the gold box deals. Often times mine will have game pre-orders for even cheaper.

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          February 12, 2010 6:55 AM

          I had a HDTV shipped in 1 day with $3.99 shipping.

          It's paid for itself already.

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          February 12, 2010 6:57 AM

          http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_nr_p_76_0?rh=i:aps,k:sonicare+brush,p_76:1&keywords=sonicare+brush&ie=UTF8&qid=1265986629

          Not sure if that link works but there are a bunch of sonicare brushes that are prime eligible

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          February 12, 2010 7:39 AM

          Amazon is my first stop for new video game buys every time, I love not having to stand in line behind a drooling thug to shop for games.

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          February 12, 2010 7:40 AM

          Books. I particularly like being able to order them one at a time without penalty.

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            February 12, 2010 7:44 AM

            ^^books, uhh random household appliances, computer shit sometimes?

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          February 12, 2010 7:51 AM

          Books, CDs, games, a ton of other random stuff that Amazon stocks. You can search for only Prime-eligible stuff when you do and Amazon search.

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          February 12, 2010 7:52 AM

          there computer hardware prices are as good as newegg a lot of the time. It's just hard to find hardware on their site, so I usually locate what I want through newegg and then search for the product id on amazon.

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          February 12, 2010 8:07 AM

          it seems like every item i'm interested in (household goods)

          obviously the answer is some of us buy things besides facial products

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          February 12, 2010 9:47 AM

          videogames

          amazon has gotten much better with release date delivery on games. they've really picked up the slack from gamestop, there's now no reason to shop at gamestop.

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        February 12, 2010 9:12 AM

        Agreed. I pretty much buy everything from it. And it's so fun getting presents all the time :D (I do live in a smaller town so it makes sense for me to use it)

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      February 12, 2010 6:20 AM

      Sounds like they're trolling for Prime subscriptions to me.

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        February 12, 2010 6:20 AM

        OWNED

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          February 12, 2010 6:24 AM

          I was going to buy something from Amazon today, using your link. WAS. WAS!!!1

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            February 12, 2010 6:26 AM

            can you just put that link at the top of the shack when your scripts are installed. it would make life easier

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            February 12, 2010 6:45 AM

            owned :(

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        February 12, 2010 6:28 AM

        Which is worth it anyway. Win Win.

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        February 12, 2010 6:54 AM

        If they were smart, they'd offer it to people who have already been Prime members for over a year or something like that. Prove that they're good to people who are loyal to them... worth way more in the long run than a bunch of new subscribers jumping on the bandwagon just for free stuff and canceling in a year.

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          February 12, 2010 7:21 AM

          Not necessarily, if you bring in a bunch of new customers they might find Kindle to be better than they expected all along. I think it's romantic for loyal customers to think this way, but in reality any more traction on their program is a Win-Win.

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            February 12, 2010 8:05 AM

            They already have an established base that they know is loyal, trusting, and consistent with online purchases. The SMART move would be to extend the offer to those people first. They'll get a hell of a lot more data and consumer behavior information, and they can open it up to newer members later if it's as successful as they want it to be. I'm just saying they should do things in steps, first of all to recognize the people who aren't just in it for a free device, and second of all to gauge it before taking it to a level that could potentially be ridiculously unscalable.

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      February 12, 2010 6:45 AM

      Finally, I can get that fourth kindle I've always wanted

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      February 12, 2010 6:48 AM

      That would be pretty cool, but it's still the price of the books that bothers me, not the price of the device. I still like having physical books, so I'd use a Kindle as a supplement, not a replacement. $7-$10 for a second "copy" of a book doesn't make me smile.

      I've gotten some free books from the Kindle store to read on the iPhone app though, so hey.

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      February 12, 2010 6:56 AM

      Hell yah give me a kindle!

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      February 12, 2010 7:04 AM

      Nice.

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      February 12, 2010 7:42 AM

      This is more about them getting Amazon Prime subs initially that handing out free shit.

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      February 12, 2010 7:52 AM

      Not really free, though, is it? Just a free trial more like.

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        February 12, 2010 8:01 AM

        how do you figure?

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          February 12, 2010 8:11 AM

          In January Amazon offered select customers a free Kindle of sorts – they had to pay for it, but if they didn’t like it they could get a full refund and keep the device.

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            February 12, 2010 8:12 AM

            did you stop reading right there?

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            February 12, 2010 8:12 AM

            "and keep the device" isn't exactly a free trial, and anyhow that's not the new offer that they're talking about. The new offer would just be a free Kindle.

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              February 12, 2010 8:15 AM

              Well the new offer is all conjecture. Also, I'm sure they're not going to let EVERYONE say "I hate this shit", surely there were some terms on it.

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      February 12, 2010 8:21 AM

      haha do iiiitttttt

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      February 12, 2010 8:25 AM

      heh, I just signed up for prime yesterday. . .but I'll probably cancel before the end of the month

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      February 12, 2010 8:53 AM

      They're smart cookies. Everyone I know with Prime (including myself and my family) orders shit they might not have done just because they have Prime, so it follows that they are the type of people that would buy e-books even if they've had no previous interest.

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