Amazon Prime = Teh Crack
If there was ever an enabling device in online purchases, it would be Amazon Prime, the little deal that company has where you pay $70, and in return, everything you buy for the next year gets shipped two-day, for no additional cost (i.e., feels like free, since you’re not coughing up after the first $70). Since two-day delivery is usually something like $4, if you buy 17 things (or so) off Amazon, you’re in the black with delivery charges. One suspects that if one were to look at Amazon’s analysis, one would find the average number of purchases off Amazon to be somewhat lower.
It’s an addiction, man. What keeps me from bankruptcy is the simple fact that I have not enabled “One-Click Purchase,” which I consider the most enabling enabler in all of enabledom. I fear the one-click purchase. It calls to me, like a siren. But the pummelling I would receive from the budget-minded wife when the Amex bill came in would be both fearsome and richly deserved. One has to know one’s limits. That would be mine.
And anyway, I’m already wrecking the Amazon Prime business model as it is. Hopefully some other schmoes are out there taking up the slack for me and not buying things with their Amazon Prime accounts, thus supporting my “ship those babies to me now” ways. I can only assume there are. Suckers.