Monday, July 20, 2015

Make Plans and Prime Fail

Last Wednesday was Prime Day to celebrate Amazon's 20th birthday. I've been a Prime member for a long time but I didn't buy anything. I checked a few time throughout the day and couldn't find any deals that appealed to me.  Buzzfeed collected some of the best, most sarcastic tweets about the disappointing day. I heard Amazon made a lot of money but they disappointed a lot of customers.

I've made some plans to be part of a big author event in October. The first annual York Book Expo
will take place on October 17th. It sounds exciting with more than 100 authors participating. I promise pictures and a report though you never know how those things will go especially in its first year.


You've heard me complaining about the rain but one of the good things to come out of that is the thriving foliage in my flowerbeds. I haven't watered anything since early May but you can see in these pictures how they're growing. The tomato plant looks like some kind of genetically enhanced food source. I don't even like tomatoes.
my pool

At least I have the pool to cool off in after I spend hours trying to keep up with the weeds and grass. Later today, I'm taking three large bags of books to the used store where I hope they find new homes. The store, 2nd and Charles, is part of the BAM empire and they give only pennies for books. I usually pick up a stack of new-to-me books when I visit, but I've been making an effort to clear off some of my shelves. Will I ever read those books I've collected again? Some I thought I would but have now decided I wouldn't. If we do downsize next year or the year after, I won't have the room I have now. I regret letting them go but hoarding is not my style.

This evening is all about working on that WIP that has already taken me an entire month longer than I expected. Bad me but I've been reading some good books this summer when I should be writing. I'm currently reading Anatomy of Evil by Will Thomas. It's a mystery/suspense series that takes place in Victorian London.

Did you buy anything on Prime Day? Are there any book events going on in your area you're attending or participating in during the next few months? How are your flowerbeds looking this year? I know those of you in the western part of the country have been short of rain. What do you do with books you no longer have room for? Are you reading something good right now?

33 comments:

  1. Wonderful post to read, I used to belong to prime but don't go on Amazon too often.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Sometimes I wonder if I'm getting my money's worth with Prime. They do give it half price to students.

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  2. Prime Day was a bust. Every deal my wife found, they were either sold out or the sale only lasted an hour.
    If we had one, I would live in that pool.
    I almost never re-read books, so clearing my shelf is easy.

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    1. The only deals I wanted were sold out too. I would live in the pool but I watch my skin health. Evening swimming is the best.

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  3. I'm pretty good about donating books or sending them on to someone I think would enjoy them. I keep only the books I really like or love...or haven't read yet. :)

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    1. I wish I had someplace to send mine to people who would like them.

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  4. Never joined Prime. Never even heard about Prime Day in advance, guess because I didn't join. Wish I did still have a pool. I reread a lot of my books. However, when we moved back to Canada I cleared my shelves of hundreds of books by "selling" them to a book exchange. I then gave all the swap tickets to friends

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    1. That's a good idea to gift friends with the book credits. Moving is what is motivating me.

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  5. I recently cleared out a ton of books and I should probably clear out more cuz I know I still have more that could go. I may have some hoarding tendencies when it comes to books.

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    1. Books are the only thing I really collect.

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  6. My husband was going to order a Blu-ray DVD set, but when he clicked to purchase, it said the all day sale was over. And that was at 2:30 in the afternoon. Amazon really sucks sometimes.

    Where is the York Book Festival?

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    1. Amazon does suck sometimes. The York Book Expo is happening in York, PA in October.

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  7. I love Prime but that was a fail in every way. Love the tweets. I did a search for women's clothing/accessories more than once and the only thing that came up each time was a pair of compression socks.
    The York festival sounds awesome.

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    1. Compression socks. LOL I didn't look at clothing.

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  8. Nothing much on it appealed to me, plus the whole cdn dollar thing didn't help.

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    1. I didn't find anything either though I only checked twice.

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  9. I'm definitely into downsizing. My packrat nature is hard to defeat. I find something on sale and I like it. I buy several in different colors. I no longer buy clothes. I have clothes. Books I still buy but I don't need to. I have a huge collection. So discard, sell, recycle, I still got more than I need. I'm working on it.
    I finished Marine's Queen. Good book!

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    1. Thanks, Ann! I still buy books too and really enjoy it even though I'm trying to clean out my shelves at the same time.

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  10. I'd like to think Amazon Prime was just helping out its members: it saved me a ton of money by not offering anything I could ever want.

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  11. I was reading an article about Amazon Prime Day. Many people say it was a bust, but Amazon listed some amazing comparisons of items that sold that day and how that same item sold the previous week. Units sold were in the tens of thousands.

    So maybe for them it was successful, but for the average consumer, not so much. I know I didn't buy anything.

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  12. Rain may be a drag but it does do wonders for my plants. :)

    I didn't even bother with Amazon Prime Day.

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  13. I stopped Prime a few months ago. I decided it wasn't worth the money and I'm ticked at Amazon these days. Never complain about rain. We have't seen any for several years now. While you're lush and green, you can guess our garden colors.

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  14. I stopped Prime a few months ago. I decided it wasn't worth the money and I'm ticked at Amazon these days. Never complain about rain. We have't seen any for several years now. While you're lush and green, you can guess our garden colors.

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  15. Prime Day was such a disappointment. Didn't find anything I wanted.

    I dig your pool and your plants look great after the rain! I wish we'd get some rain *sigh*

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  16. I'm not a prime member. I seem to buy everything entertainment related on Amazon, I get free shipping even though I'm not a member of a anything. Sometimes have to wait a couple weeks for the product though. Sure makes my son hard to live with during that time.

    I've been wishing for some rain. Had a few drops a couple weeks ago, not enough to stop watering the yard though.

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  17. I went to Amazon on Prime day to buy something. Since I'm not a prime member, I paid the regular price, but it actually came from Wayfair.com. It arrived four days earlier than expected. I went to Wayfair and checked out their site and I might go there first next time I need something.

    I had my flower beds cleaned out and left them empty this year. Everything is so dry that the ground is tough, broken clay and nothing but weeds seem to grow.

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  18. I do like your flower beds and pool area :) That is neat how you haven't had to water since May; good savings on the water bill! I didn't buy anything on Amazon Prime day :) I tend to donate books to the library when I'm done with them, but lately have been mainly reading books electronically, which is a good thing I think in reducing the amount of books around the house :)

    betty

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  19. I really don't get what the point of prime day was. They had deals for stuff that you didn't want, then like ten cents off the stuff you did want -_-. They're probably going to do it next year, aren't they?

    The flowers are lovely!

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  20. I don't shop at Amazon or Walmart since I refuse to contribute to the decline of Western civilization. I donate books to my local library's book sale (the one we have meeting s at) and in the summer to my local fire dept. for a sale at the fair. I usually work the book sale at least one night. You'll never guess...a little old lady wrangled me into it and now I can't get out. lol!

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  21. Too bad, Prime was such a disappointment... With all the money they cash in on they should be more than generous.

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  22. We didn't get anything either. There wasn't anything Frankenberry wanted and me, I didn't even look. I've got two more study books on the way from Barnes. which beat out Amazon On price. Both had free shipping.

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  23. I bought a kindle fire on prime down but I snorted a lot at the tweets :)

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