Working the System

While trying to buy a Christmas present on Amazon.com today, I slipped into their little marketing scheme. If you spend $25 or more on qualifying products (i.e. books, music, movies — most Amazon partner products like cooking utensils don’t count) they give you free “super saver shipping” (which means you get the slowest, cheapest shipping for free).

I was planning to spend less than $25, but it was close enough to consider buying something cheap rather than pay shipping. Why not get a book, CD, or DVD for maybe $1 or so more than the shipping?

So I set about bargain hunting. While I found a few gems, I never found that jackpot item that made it so worthwhile. Sadly, a quick Google search didn’t help me either. Somebody out there must have a list of cheap items on Amazon.com that you can use to qualify for free shipping. If there is, I didn’t find it.

But to offer a wonderful service to my readers, I’ll let you know some of the cheap gems I did find. Maybe this will come in handy if you’re in need of that low-cost item to qualify for free shipping.

  • Laughing City EP by Eisley (they opened for Coldplay) – $5.98
  • The Christmas Spirit by Johnny Cash – $5.98
  • Country Christmas by Johnny Cash – $5.98
  • Orthadoxy by G.K. Chesterton – $9.56
  • The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton – $8.95
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – $6.99
  • Songbook by Nick Hornby – $7.80
  • 50 Things You’re Not Supposed to Know by Russ Kick – $5.97
  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien – $7.99
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis – $6.57
  • Self-Consciousness: Memoirs by John Updike – $6.99
  • Holes by Louis Sachar – $6.50
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss – $5.39
  • Jimmy Eat World DVD – $7.98

Well, there you go.

One thought on “Working the System”

  1. I didn’t know about Songbook by Nick Hornby, and I’ve read pretty much everything else he’s got published. High Fidelity is one of my favorite books, and while the movie doesn’t quite get the point of the book across very well Jack Black is hilarious, and per usual John Cusack’s performance is top notch.

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