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pjb16

Member Since 21 Jul 2008
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In Topic: Best Buy DOTD: 25%-66% Off Select Video Games

22 February 2016 - 11:41 PM

Of course as soon as I check out, Stella Glow goes to "backordered".  Thinking I definitely won't get the Launch version, should I even get it now.


In Topic: PSA: Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum To $49

20 February 2016 - 09:14 PM

Wow. I can't believe how many people are defending one of the most anti-consumer practices I have ever seen. Do you guys work for Amazon? Are they threatening your family? What is going on here? Hey, I like Amazon. I do. I have Prime. I haven't paid cash for anything on Amazon except for Prime since I got my account there due to their video game trade-ins. But this is a donkey punch to the nuts of every non-Prime customer and only fools or blind loyalists won't get mad at them for this.

If you are a prime customer what incentive do you have to be mad on behalf on non-prime customers?  If you have prime, this change doesn't affect you.  

 

And if you haven't realized the cost of shipping has gone up significantly in recent years, and that those costs have to be passed to the consumer in order to retain profits, then I don't know what to tell you.  Not to mention they want people to subscribe to Prime, as it is in their best interest to have consumers associate with their brand and all that it offers.  So increasing the minimum threshold for free shipping helps push their business strategy while recovering money on shipping costs from those who aren't likely to be the customers they most want to retain.   

 

Also, are Sam's club and Costco anti-consumer? In order to take advantage of everything they have to offer, you have to pay a subscription membership each year.  Guess anyone who didn't decry them when they opened their doors are fools and blind loyalists, huh?

 

It isn't like people who don't have prime have to keep shopping at Amazon if they don't like the cost increase.  Every other purchasing option that was available prior to the shipping threshold rising is still available to them.  Also, free shipping is still available, it isn't like it was removed entirely, now people just have to combine more to secure free shipping. Oh the horror!!!  

 

Won't Amazon just stop to think how much the public welfare is being disturbed by them restricting their free shipping threshold even further? We probably need the government to step in and protect all the innocent consumers from this despicable practice.  It's the most anti-consumer practice I've seen since Subway raising the price of their foot long from $5 to $6.  :-({|=


In Topic: PSA: Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum To $49

20 February 2016 - 08:47 PM

Try 35. Or nothing, if you go get it at the store with zero wait.

 

Done with Amazon after my Prime is up this year. They've jacked up the price on Prime, jacked up the free shipping minimum, Amazon Video is still a pale imitation of Netflix (High Castle was ok, but hardly something I'd be willing to pay for), they now charge tax where I am, and Best Buy will pricematch them. There is no benefit to Amazon over Best Buy for me.

 

See ya. Best Buy is way easier.

I regularly wait in line at the store when picking things up.

 

 

 

And you're in the minority of Amazon (or any retail) shoppers if Best Buy offers you everything Amazon does.  


In Topic: Oculus Rift Pre-Orders up on January 6th 8am Pacific Time

09 January 2016 - 01:04 AM

Yes, what an insult that gamers should be given a choice of buying a truly cutting edge VR solution rather than some dumbed down low resolution device that doesn't function all that well, but can be run with minimal hardware at low cost. Poor quality, low cost VR solutions are available already and there are actually games that play on them. Nobody is forcing gamers to buy this device but I for one am very happy that high quality VR is actually here and I look forward to my unit shipping out.


Yup, GearVR is out there as a low cost option assuming you have a newer Galaxy phone.

In Topic: Oculus Rift Pre-Orders up on January 6th 8am Pacific Time

08 January 2016 - 04:33 PM

This is very interesting and actually sort of what I expected at this point.  I had hopes the PSVR might look better but I am not surprised.  I haven't been able to try the Vive yet but I was able to try the Crescent Bay version of the Oculus a few times and absolutely loved it.  I am more looking for the sit at my desk experience as I typically like to relax and play some games after work and although I enjoy the occasional experience where I might want to get up and move around a bit, I don't think I want that concept to be my primary choice.  I think that is why I am leaning towards keeping my Oculus pre-order and going with the Rift initially because that seems to be pretty suited to what I am looking for.

I am similar.  The entire experience the Vive can offer sounds great, but how often am I going to want to use it?  I think the Rift offers everything I want, especially since I am sure they can track within enough space as well (though the content may not be there currently).  I don't actually want to walk all around my room, if anything I want something like the Omni Pathfinder where it can track me walking, but my walking is relatively stationary (and safe).  Plus, the touch controllers appeal more to me (I of course haven't used them) given they look more like gamepads and have thumbsticks, as opposed to the wands.