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Potpourri / Re: Amazon Prime is going up to 119
« Last post by renegade600 on April 27, 2018, 04:24:48 am »
that is one way to celebrate record profit.  raise prices to get even more profit. 
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Potpourri / Echo Spot for less
« Last post by jwlv on April 27, 2018, 03:49:21 am »
http://www.qvc.com/Amazon-Echo-Spot-w-TP-Link-Smart-Plug-%26-Game-Voucher.product.E231967.html?sc=SRCH

Amazon sells the Echo Spot for $129.99 currently.
QVC, yep the TV shopping site, has the Echo Spot + TP Link Smart Plug + some kind of $20 game voucher for $115.
There's also a $5 off coupon code FIVE4U if you're new to QVC.
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Potpourri / Re: Amazon Prime is going up to 119
« Last post by jwlv on April 27, 2018, 03:38:39 am »
Amazon is making more profit than ever, $1 billion this past quarter and $1 billion the previous quarter according to CNet. And to reward its loyal customers, they are raising prices. They are already making more money than ever and they want to raise prices to make even more. That sounds like greed to me. Investors are going nuts over this. In after hours trading, Amazon stock price has already risen nearly 7% overnight.

Amazon already knows that Prime members buy twice as many products as non-Prime members. If raising prices cause Prime members to leave, then they'll lose twice as many sales too. It's a dangerous path that they've decided to follow. It could cause a mass exodus and hurt Amazon a great deal. At least they've got a year to figure it out since everyone's renewal date is at different times of the year. If you see Amazon reverse this decision in a few months, you'll already know what happened. :)
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa will soon have a mind of her own
« Last post by strayfish on April 27, 2018, 03:26:20 am »
Is this like telling it to remember where your passport is and then when you can't find it, say, "Alexa, where did I tell you my passport is?".

There's a skill called Debby Onsite that can do that.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa will soon have a mind of her own
« Last post by malliekm on April 27, 2018, 02:30:40 am »
Is this like telling it to remember where your passport is and then when you can't find it, say, "Alexa, where did I tell you my passport is?".
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Potpourri / Re: Amazon Prime is going up to 119
« Last post by malliekm on April 27, 2018, 02:28:25 am »
Oh yeah, I've thought Amazon has been too big for it's own good for a long time.  I too saw the jump in Prime Membership.  I need to find someone that will split the cost with me as we don't use any of the offerings other than Prime shipping. 
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Alexa will soon have a mind of her own
« Last post by k9kids on April 26, 2018, 11:25:35 pm »
Well, sort of. At least some memory.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/26/amazon-alexa-memory-and-skill-arbitration/

You'd be forgiven for thinking that Amazon's Alexa was an amnesiac: it can't remember important long-term info, or even that you started talking to it a few moments ago. Soon, though, it'll be considerably less forgetful. Amazon's Ruhi Sarikaya has detailed a string of upgrades to Alexa that promise more natural conversations, particularly about familiar subjects. Most notably, Alexa devices in the US will soon have a memory: you can tell the voice assistant to remember an important fact (say, a friend's birthday) and bring that up later.
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Echo Across the Pond (UK/International) / Re: Bluetooth
« Last post by dragon123 on April 26, 2018, 11:19:59 pm »
Hi
This is my first post...I was given an Amazon Echo first generation and wanted to start using it to receive Bluetooth music from my computer.Is this possible?..if so how do i go about this?.Also is there a user manual download or a paper user manual I can acquire.
thanks

There are plenty of books on amazon echo out there, however these are always somewhat out of date as amazon keeps adding and changing the app, so those books will give you an idea but are not that helpful IMO. Any user manual written in the era of the original echo would really be totally out of date by now.

Aside from just using it as a BT speaker, you could also set up a plex server on your computer which would allow you to ask your echo to play music instead of using the pc as the controlling device. This would be music over wifi instead of BT, and would require your pc to be on. Depends on your usercase if this is more useful, but it more in line with what the echo is made for.
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Potpourri / Re: Amazon Prime is going up to 119
« Last post by mike27oct on April 26, 2018, 08:28:19 pm »
Much makes sense, but we still order too much kids B-Day and Xmas stuff that costs $10 for items if shipped separately w/out free shipping.  Amazon has put Toys R Us out of business and lots others we have shopped as it gets bigger than the River it is named after.  We seem to order too much heavy stuff that if shipping were paid. cost would be outta sight.  So, for now we will stick with Prime.
Price may be same for a few years again. 
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Potpourri / Re: Amazon Prime is going up to 119
« Last post by jwlv on April 26, 2018, 06:59:01 pm »
It's likely that I will give up Amazon Prime at my next renewal. I already buy way too many things from Amazon and partially because of the free Prime shipping. My significant other and I have just recently talked about how much we're spending on Amazon. If I cancel Amazon Prime, it'll definitely curb how much I spend on Amazon. The only other service that we use regularly is Prime Music. But I think we can use Pandora or IHeartRadio instead. We rarely watch Prime Video since we have Netflix.

Although the increase is only $20 (just like before), the psychological hurdle of going over $100 is a big one. When they changed the price from $79 to $99 back in 2014, it was not a big deal. I didn't even think twice about it. But this time it's going over the $100 barrier. I expect many current Prime members as well as new potential members will think twice about paying more than $100 for Prime.

Since about 5 years ago, I've noticed that pricing on Amazon has not been as competitive as it used to be. And the constant price fluctuation is quite annoying. Something might be $27.99 one day, and $19.99 the next day, and then jump up to $49.99 for the next 3 months while other places have it for $29.99 all the time. It's like that for many products on Amazon. Just check Camelcamelcamel (a price history site) and you can see the price history and the big fluctuations.

Btw, does anyone else feel that Amazon is getting too big for its own good? I started to think that when they acquired Whole Foods and Ring (the doorbell people). I also feel the same about Google when they acquired Nest (the thermostat people).

I wonder if anyone from Amazon still come to this site. There used to be a couple of higher-ups from Amazon that came here a few years ago. I'm not sure if they still read this forum.
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