The US Postal Service’s unofficial creed, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…” is expanding to include Sundays, at least for Amazon customers.
This past Monday, Amazon announced that they will be offering Sunday deliveries at no extra cost…to you.
In other news, on Monday, postal workers got the not so exciting news that their one day weekend is a thing of the past. Read the rest of this entry
Amazon is offering a helping hand to its fellow booksellers.
The Internet retail giant rolled out Amazon Source today, a new program that will allow independent booksellers to earn money from the sale of e-books.
It sounds nice, right? Read the rest of this entry
The cloud let us down yesterday…again.
A hardware failure at an Amazon data center in northern Virginia brought down Amazon.com for nearly an hour.
To put it more simply, the cloud went down.
Making matters even worse, Internet shopaholics looking to distract themselves and drown their sorrows with filtered food photos mixed in with a few framed cat pics, nearly went into catatonic shock when they discovered that Instagram was also taken out by the same “hardware failure.” Read the rest of this entry
Happy Labor Day to one and all!
Labor Day is a national holiday that not only gives us one last glorious summer day off, but also celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers, many of whom are still working today.
In honor of the day I thought I’d take a moment to acknowledge a recent contribution to the working world, courtesy of BIC and their groundbreaking new product: Pens for Her…
Dear Good Sirs,
Greetings and salutations from the ladies of the world. We write to you this day because, thanks to your brilliantly marketed “Pens for Her”, we are now able to put pink, purple, and other assorted femininely colored pens to paper, which is still hopelessly masculine (could you work on that?), and properly tell you what we think of you.
For so long we have labored to appropriately catalog our thoughts on life, as much as those thoughts pertain to sewing, cooking, cleaning, etiquette, gardening, and other activities of a suitably dainty nature. Dictation was always an option, but who has the time and the man power for that?
Of course, when confiding our deepest darkest secrets in our diaries, after weeping over the latest heartbreak or broken nail, we’ve been able to make do with ornately dressed pens, complete with fluffy, sparkly pink pom-poms, and there’s usually an appropriately ladylike quill lying around. Yet, in a world full of writing tools so blatantly marketed towards men, where was a poor girl to turn?
You saw our endless struggle and you took up the call. All of that battling for equality throughout (far too recent) history and even still today–the fight for women’s rights, suffrage, equal pay, and equal say in other things–It’s all been a cry for help, a cry for something more, a cry for lady pens.
No more must we suffer through the indecency, and indignity of pens made for man hands. No longer must we grapple with those blandly colored instruments. We’ve seen the light and it’s pastel with a rubber grip! Thank you.
Ladies of the World
(Feminine Fingers Unite!)
“Bic ‘Lady Pens’ Unleash Amazon Snarkfest”: Washington Post Blog
If you’re looking for recent, curiously specific studies then have I got some good news for you. One such research effort found that eBay pages with the color red on them made consumers more likely to bid higher.
Because the color red is so notorious for creating calm, logical, strategic thought processes.
No offense red. I love you, I do, but you are not a calming, reassuring color. Bulls (who are color blind to be fair) chase you. You represent debt, anger, and the greatest team in baseball (so you have one thing going for you).
But good for you, you’ve found your niche–inciting panicked purchases. Clearly a large part of the population responds to stress by clicking “buy.” Wait, now it makes sense.
Based on these findings it’s a miracle anyone ever buys anything on Amazon. They have their color scheme all wrong. What were they thinking with that golden-yellow and crisp white?
Still, as a notorious over-thinking shopper, the only time red encourages me to make a purchase is when it’s accompanied by a Cardinal’s logo.
“Using Red on eBay Pages Results in Higher Bids”: The Atlantic