Y'all, imma issue a challenge:

Before buying a thing on Amazon, take just two minutes to see if it's available elsewhere online.

There's very often another seller that is price competitive, and free shipping is super common these days.

If you still wanna buy from Bezos I'm not gonna stop you, but it's worth at least checking for alternatives. Divesting yourself can be easier than you might think.

Also, if you want to search a broad category of items to browse or comparison shop, I suggest hitting up eBay.

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@starkatt the last time I did that I wound up ordering from Walmart and it felt super weird to consider that they might be the lesser evil sometimes.

@starkatt or better, offline (but often not)

it definitely adds a layer of challenge to the holiday shopping thing. I've been trying to wean my friends and family off AMZN as well by using a third party wishlist and linking like a product page or other third party retailer. Sometimes it works, sometimes 🀷

@dibi58 Ali is great sometimes but finding the right search terms can be tricky.


More than price, what keeps people locked to Amazon is that it's the everything store. Rather than making 10 purchaces (none of which are individually large enough to qualify for free shipping), people make one purchace from Amazon because they only have to do the checkout nonsense once.

@starkatt it's getting easier to do this because amzn search results are such a πŸ’©-show, it's hardly a pleasant experience.

Plus there are real doubts about whether the thing you're getting is of legit origin.

Also if you post an URL to a must-read book, don't have it go to Amazon bookstore. Search for the author's page or wikipedia or similar. And note that Goodreads is Amazon-owned as well.

@starkatt This is the one thing for which I use Google: the "shop" tab (unsure what it's called in English) for finding things at not-Amazon

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