It's Cyber TUESDAY??
by Michael Tummillo
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It's... Cyber TUESDAY??
Perhaps you've heard.
This ministry - The Church @Work (TCAW) - is now an Amazon.com Associate.
What does that mean to YOU? It means whatever you buy from Amazon.com... books from Tony and Felicity Dale, Jim Rutz, William P. Young, Frank Viola,Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck...
ANYTHING AT ALL... if you buy it through this new association... Amazon.com will SAVE YOU MONEY while paying me up to 15% commission.
Imagine that! You'll get blessed with your products and gifts and I'll get blessed with a commission check so this ministry can stay afloat... and it won't cost you a penny more to shop!
Amazon.com... it's a whole lot more than just books!
So, what can you buy at Amazon? Almost anything!
Think I'm kidding? Well, I'm not. (CLICK HERE for 10 Odd things You can Buy on Amazon)
Amazon.com started out as an on-line bookstore. They still sell books, in fact, any book you could ask for. They now sell CD's and movies (both VHS and DVD, now including Blu-Ray and the
But they didn't stop there. Through their "Content Partners," you can buy much more, including:
- Toys and Games
- Home and Garden
- Sporting Goods
- Drug store items
- College Textbooks
While Amazon.com doesn't actually stock and ship all these items, their Content Partners do; companies who
specialize in certain products. If you order their product through Amazon.com, they actually package and ship the item to you, and Amazon.com gets a commission. Don't worry, Amazon.com still stands behind your purchase and you can get refunds or replacements just as if Amazon.com had fulfilled your order.
You'll love ordering books from Amazon.com because they discount their hard covers. You can usually get a book at 30% off - MORE if it is a Best Seller! Some of the authors you read may not be as well known, so local chains may not carry them. That's not an issue with Amazon.com. If it's in print, they have it, which will save a trip to the out-of-town specialty store.
Most new release movies are discounted pretty heavily. Amazon.com seems to have frequent sales on their movie titles, so if you are looking for something that has been out for a while, keep an eye on this site. Odds are you can find it cheap.
You should see their used catalog! I've found some amazing deals on Amazon.com when I needed multiple copies of certain books. Amazon.com allows third-party sellers to list used items on their site as well. When they sell, Amazon.com gets a commission. This is wonderful for tracking down out of print
titles. In fact, it makes Amazon.com a New and Used bookstore all rolled up in one! Many newer or unknown items can be had for a song!
It's SO Easy to Use!
Amazon.com is pretty straight forward to use. Easily spotted on the top page is your SEARCH bar. You can enter your search terms - anything pertaining to what you're looking for - and it will bring up anything that relates. Unless you narrow it down by category, they'll give you stuff from every category on the site. Most of the time, you'll find what you're looking for in the first few results. About the only time you won't is if you enter an author's name instead of a book title - especially if it's misspelled - or if the book title is popular. Even then, it is easy to narrow it down to find the results you want. You can even sort your results by best selling, release date, and alphabetically to help narrow things down.
Once you click on the item you want, you are taken to a page that gives you everything you want to know about the item from weight and number of pages (for books) to length and actors involved (for movies) and track titles (for music). You can also read reviews from customers in their review section. The links to
add the item to a personal wish list or your shopping cart are prominently displayed. Once you've added all the items to the cart you want, the site walks you through the easy check out. They even offer a service called "One Click" that automatically sends anything you order to you without completing those steps. I don't use it because it is too easy for me to order things and wind up shocked by what I spent later.
In general, Amazon.com charges a per shipment fee plus a per item fee. If you order from several different categories, they charge you based on the highest shipment fee.
They offer several different options. Standard takes 3 to 5 business days from the date of shipment. They also offer second day service and overnight. Naturally, you pay more for those last two then you do for Standard.
Try and take advantage of their FREE shipping. If you order $25 in qualifying purchases (and almost all new books, music, and movies qualify), you can get your items shipped to you for FREE.
They'll wait an extra few days to ship items that you choose to have shipped to you for free, so this isn't an option if you are in a hurry. They do wait until all items are available, so if you're ordering something that doesn't come out for a couple months, your whole order will wait until then. On the other hand, you
can pre-order using free shipping and have it arrive the day it's released. Most of the time, using free shipping, you'll have my order within a week to 10 days. Consider any extra time the items takes to get to you by shipping free. Since we usually don't start using the item the day we get it, most of us are fine
waiting an extra few days.
If you shop Amazon.com as much as some folks do, you might want to consider getting the Amazon.com Rewards Visa.
Incidentally, according to FoxNews today, Amazon.com was one of the TOP FOUR retailers on CyberMonday. Kohls', Staples and Apple were the others. Amazon.com is America's largest online retailer, with nearly three times the Internet sales revenue of the runner up, Staples, Inc.
So, next time you go shopping... ANY kind of shopping... please Bookmark my Amazon.com site and help me out, OK? You're going to shop SOME PLACE. So, shop at Amazon.com, SAVE MONEY and support this ministry's Kingdom endeavors!
Now, click below and go Christmas shopping.
Thanks for your support!
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