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Amazon.com is SNEAKY

I recently ordered something from Amazon–not the items in the screen shot below, sadly, that’s just a re-creation using some books I’m going to get around to sooner or

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later.  Now, I knew my order was above the free shipping threshold, but for some reason it hadn’t been calculated in–so I read that blurb at the top (bright blue and green) and clicked that and…BOOM.  I got “free shippping” alright–because that quickly I joined Amazon Prime for $105.00.  That’s like a “free” drink that comes in a glass that costs–well–one hundred and five bucks!

Now, if you notice further down in the box there is a smaller, black print with a little oval I can click  to get actual free shipping that is actually free, and maybe I should have read the entire page through, but I’m confident in my belief that the intent here was to trick me and a lot of other people into buying their very expensive “free shipping.”  It’s no different than the way Amazon takes you to the kindle version of a book if you don’t specify you want a real book.

The clincher, when I clicked on that tab there was no warning, and no chance to change my mind–to do that I had to go back to my account, sign in, read through the “help” section, then go to my account, and to “My Prime” and then submit my request for a refund that should be “processed in 3-5 days.” Right? They can take my money at the speed of light, but it takes ’em the better part of a week to give it back

Scoundrels and thieves. That’s what I think. Am I right–or am I just ridiculous, or both?

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More Snow Headed To Georgia–Tourism Idea

Not to put too fine a point on it, but another winter storm is casting it’s Winter Weather Atlanta.JPEG-05108frosty eye on Atlanta as it blusters it’s way across the south, promising as much as .75 of an inch of snow and a mere 40F as a high temperature–time to run for the grocery store and stock up on toilet paper, bread, and milk. (that’s an old Pittsburgh joke you probably won’t get, but so what….)

snowmiserIt occurs to me that the city could make a small fortune in tourism revenue sponsoring “flash tours” at such times by selling affordable package deals to northerns who would likely pay good money to watch the carnage while savoring the relatively balmy weather.  They already have the infrastructure–the only thing missing is some bleachers down by the highway for when the Snow Miser comes to Southtown, even though it’s in his brother’s clutch.

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Hey, Atlanta–this was my freaking weekend. Want to swap?

I guess I feel bad for being a winter bully–especially if (when?) someone dies down there, but it’s hard to take this seriously–probably in the same way that some guy from Death Valley is bemused when we have a “drought,” the rich folks have to stop watering their lawns, and we can only wash our cars on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I truly believe in this plan.  The rare southern businesses to stay open will make a killing, and the municipalities can use the additional revenue to, I don’t know, buy a second snow plow or something.  This makes me wonder what people in Calgary are thinking.  Hell, Minnesota is like this ten months a year–only it’s -40 degrees F, not the balmy 0-10 we’ve been seeing.

I heard God apparently told some guy in Decatur to build a massive 12703_650365338358467_1109895274_nbobsled and fill it with a pair of every creature (starting with Lolo Jones)….

*All kidding aside, as the storm is poised to strike, here’s all the luck and best wishes I can summon to Atlanta and the rest of the South.