oh the irony, aka Friday rant
I pointed out yesterday (in this thread) how, in fact, amazon is cheaper than elsewhere, because sellers get higher volume through amazon, and customers get much better protection from amazon than on ebay. And a moment ago I got reminded what the 'cheaper' really ivolves, i.e. I got caught in the classic amazon scan of 'amazon prime' AGAIN. This really is an evolving scam, i.e. I wanted free, non-prime delivery (they caught me out in the past, at least twice, with 'prime' subscription which I then had to hassle about to get removed - hassle was by no means accidental, of course). But the beauty of the amazon scam is that it is shape-shifting: in the past, I got caught, because they hid the non-prime delivery well enough, and guided me, gently, to believe that I'm getting my preferred delivery option, when in fact I was getting THEIR preferred delivery option, i.e. amazon prime. It appears that the scam is multi-stage now: first, you see non-prime delivery as one of the delivery options. Then, when you log in, and select the item, the option of non-prime delivery is gone (but you're already focused on 'shiny-shiny', so barely register this fact). All links to delivery options take you to FAQ, if you're one of the more suspicious type victim. So, as an experienced prey, thought rightly: what f...ers, I'm running away! - and I deleted the item from my basket, suspecting that when I click on that 'Buy' button, they'll sign me up for prime and I'll be done - again. BUT this is where I was wrong, as I was done already, because... they signed me up BEFORE I actually clicked on that 'buy' button. I only realized when I got the 'Congratulations, you're ours now!') email in my inbox.
So I promptly cancelled my fresh prime membership. BUT the scam does not end there, because, having clicked (TWICE) on 'yes, I'm absolutele sure I want to live a miserably, prickly life without the life-changing amazon prime experience, etc, etc.' - they did NOT cancel my prime membership, nosir, they put in on a yellow-background button with the date in October, i.e. date when they will be even more sorry to see me go. And left it at that.
And THIS is the last piece of their scam - because when I saw this button, I came to the conclusion that amazon wanted me to reach at this point: hang on, this means... I can still USE this amazon prime for 30 days! For nothing, ha! 24 hr delivery, ha! I can buy this item and get it delivered tomorrow! (and order many, many more useless items I would have never bought via amazon within 30 days). And I don't have to go to other, probably fugly sites with unspeakably fugly names like, I dunno, ebay. Or ebay. Or even, ugh, ebay! All I need to reach this eternal bliss is make a short, painless series of no more than 3 - 4 clicks at most and then, the warm feeling slowly spreading across the whole body, the sense of craving gone, turned into lazy stupor, when the useless item is finally here. Mine. MINE!
It is interesting, how many hurdles, all intentional to trip the victim, there are, before you break free. I suspect only the minimum number escape alive..
p.s. I didn't bother to check if, by actually clicking on that 'buy button, I automatically de-cancel my amazon prime cancellation request. Which, given I'm dealing with amazon, is only to be expected, the ultimate trap. And yes, I will probably get 'my' shiny-shiny (a present for somebody, in fact) off ebay... escaped one monster, walked up to be gobbled by another. But if I were to stay in the domain of predators and their victims, I'd say amazon is a spider (all stages, including the feast), while ebay is a straightforward (boring, boring, boring) lion.