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Amazon Wants to Ship Your Package Before You Buy It
WSJ ^ | Jan 17, 2014 | Greg Bensinger

Posted on 01/18/2014 1:47:01 AM PST by Slings and Arrows

Amazon.com knows you so well it wants to ship your next package before you order it.

The Seattle retailer in December gained a patent for what it calls “anticipatory shipping,” a method to start delivering packages even before customers click “buy.”

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: amazon; amazonamazondotcom; amazoncart; amazonshipping; bigbrother; foryourowngood; marketingprofile; napl; privacyrights
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Now we can add "pre-debts" to "pre-crimes".
1 posted on 01/18/2014 1:47:01 AM PST by Slings and Arrows
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IN OTHER NEWS: Amazon.com hires new Chief Logistics Officer.



2 posted on 01/18/2014 1:48:41 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Good. I’ve got about $2000.00 worth of Nikon camera gear in my shopping cart right now. They can send it if they wish.


3 posted on 01/18/2014 1:50:20 AM PST by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: Slings and Arrows

How would you detect they’d done this? If they got it right, you’d just be amazed at how fast the shipping was.


4 posted on 01/18/2014 1:51:36 AM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: ArmstedFragg

You detect this when you load something into your cart, then abandon the cart because you realize you can’t afford it or get distracted somehow, and a day or two later it shows up anyway.


5 posted on 01/18/2014 1:56:31 AM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: ArmstedFragg

I never order stuff off the internet—so maybe I’m not in Amazon’s records?


6 posted on 01/18/2014 1:56:44 AM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Big Data - Dangerous
7 posted on 01/18/2014 1:56:52 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Mia San Mia)
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To: ArmstedFragg
If they got it right, you’d just be amazed at how fast the shipping was.

Fixed your typo. ;^)

8 posted on 01/18/2014 1:56:54 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: basil
I never order stuff off the internet—so maybe I’m not in Amazon’s records?

In all seriousness, I wouldn't count on that.

9 posted on 01/18/2014 1:58:15 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

10 posted on 01/18/2014 2:02:38 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: BigCinBigD
Good. I’ve got about $2000.00 worth of Nikon camera gear in my shopping cart right now. They can send it if they wish.

Especially since the law says that if someone sends you something you didn't order, it's yours. (And yes, I think this is the rock upon which this idea will founder.) Warning: IANAL.

11 posted on 01/18/2014 2:04:04 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: basil

Hell, I don’t even have a credit card and I get stuff from Amazon all the time. I just charge it to the Underhills.


12 posted on 01/18/2014 2:04:56 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: JoeProBono

?


13 posted on 01/18/2014 2:05:03 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
If you put stuff in your cart at newegg they will sometimes sweeten the deal if you leave it for a bit.
14 posted on 01/18/2014 2:07:12 AM PST by right way right
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To: Slings and Arrows

But doesn’t that only apply to the US Post Office?


15 posted on 01/18/2014 2:07:16 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Right click, view image. :)


16 posted on 01/18/2014 2:09:00 AM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: right way right

Tip appreciated!


17 posted on 01/18/2014 2:09:23 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

JoeProBono has real pictures of God.
I’ll bet on it.


18 posted on 01/18/2014 2:11:21 AM PST by right way right
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
But doesn’t that only apply to the US Post Office?

I truly have no idea. (As I said, IANAL.) I'm not sure why it would only apply to USPS-delivered packages, and not those sent by, say, UPS.

19 posted on 01/18/2014 2:16:11 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: moose07

I did, but the intended message escapes me. (All that displayed was a single pixel.)


20 posted on 01/18/2014 2:17:43 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: right way right
JoeProBono has real pictures of God. I’ll bet on it.

From before He made it big, no doubt.

21 posted on 01/18/2014 2:18:41 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Just one of Amazon’s warehouses


22 posted on 01/18/2014 2:20:53 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I would take this with a grain of salt since it is a blog, never the less I can see them setting up some system where you can can have them ship a one time item to you at a certain time in the future, they all ready have a system to send people stuff on a monthly bases like a flat of cat food or two, and you can adjust the amount up or down or cancel the whole thing at anytime, I’m not sure about individual items though but I wouldn’t be surprise if they are already doing that. Being I work down at an Amazon facility you would be amazed at the amount of food stuff they are stocking, you can’t by a can of soup but you can buy a lot of grocery store flats of like 12 to 16 cans at a time, they are slowly building up their stock. Something like this might not be a bad idea if your going camping at a state park or something like that. Some times it would cost you more money in gas to shop at the nearest grocery store then to have it shipped to your camp site etc. And something like this might eliminate someone having to rent a big vehicle to carry all their supplies like food with them, because all they have is a small car. It just something to think about. They are really shooting at competing with Walmart’s Sam stores, and stores like that where you can buy a lot of stuff in bulk. If the price of gas goes up, the price of prime membership will look better every day for those in the know, already if you buy like a dozen items from them over a year it is worth it. The price of prime membership is very good compared to gas one might spend running around trying to find something at a local store when they can sit at home and order it off of Amazon.


23 posted on 01/18/2014 2:23:06 AM PST by ReformedBeckite (1 of 3 I'm only allowing my self each day)
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To: JoeProBono

That’s...very Zen.


24 posted on 01/18/2014 2:25:13 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: right way right

I have had about 200 items in my Amazon cart for about 3 years now. When it goes on sale, I click buy.


25 posted on 01/18/2014 2:25:58 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: right way right

26 posted on 01/18/2014 2:26:14 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Amazon wanted to tax me on the last purchase, I found someone else to purchase my TV from.

Amazon is going to be losing a lot of business on interstate commerce.


27 posted on 01/18/2014 2:29:02 AM PST by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: ReformedBeckite

I buy most of what I need that isn’t perishable from Amazon. I have the Prime Membership at $79/year, and with everything I buy all year long, the free shipping covers that cost by at least double.

Shipping is fast, returns aren’t a problem really and I’ve never had a billing problem with them. It saves a lot of gas money for me, especially on things like repair parts for appliances where I’d have to drive 60 miles to Atlanta to a parts store that has them.


28 posted on 01/18/2014 2:31:33 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: JoeProBono

Yup.


29 posted on 01/18/2014 2:32:55 AM PST by right way right
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To: basil

Amazon is like Santa Claus. The see you when you’re sleeping. They know if you’re awake. They know if you’ve been bad or good. So be good for goodness sake.


30 posted on 01/18/2014 2:44:42 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: basil

Amazon is like Santa Claus. They see you when you’re sleeping. They know if you’re awake. They know if you’ve been bad or good. So be good for goodness sake.


31 posted on 01/18/2014 2:45:02 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: Gaffer

I love Amazon Prime. You can’t beat it. It’s like Sam’s, Netflix, and Barnes & Noble all rolled into one.


32 posted on 01/18/2014 2:54:53 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’ve always understood that if some company ships you something that you didn’t order, you are under no obligation to pay for it.


33 posted on 01/18/2014 2:56:10 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Little Pig

Their distribution system is amazing, and it just keeps growing. A couple of years ago, most of my stuff would come from Seattle or somewhere on the east coast, now it usually comes from a fulfillment facility that’s about a hundred miles away. Through a combination of Fedex driving the order to the local post office, and my letter carrier bringing it, I often get the order in less than 24 hours.

What they’re proposing to do is keep track of your usual orders, make sure they’re at the closest facility, and preposition them if they’re not. With the new “locker” program, you’ll be able to order stuff at bed time, and swing by the local convenience store to pick it up the next morning. Bezos is one clever guy.


34 posted on 01/18/2014 3:03:17 AM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Fresh Wind

As have I.


35 posted on 01/18/2014 3:04:12 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Now we can add "pre-debts" to "pre-crimes".

I'm pretty sure that the time-honored principle of "finders keepers" would apply if Amazon anticipates me buying something which I don't actually buy and sends it to me. I'd imagine that there would be a cottage industry devoted to finding ways to game the system.
36 posted on 01/18/2014 3:06:35 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Slings and Arrows

Trust me, it’s not leaving their hands until you buy it. With the new locker system, though, they could have it waiting at your local convenience store, then e-mail you the access code once you place the order.


37 posted on 01/18/2014 3:08:32 AM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: ArmstedFragg

And that’s all one step closer to having a drone fleet at centralized “locker” locations that do the last-mile delivery, so it’s not even a matter of next morning at the 7-11, but next morning next to the morning paper.


38 posted on 01/18/2014 3:17:08 AM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: ArmstedFragg

They are building a huge fulfillment center near us in Coppell, TX. It is one of the biggest buildings I’ve ever seen.


39 posted on 01/18/2014 3:18:45 AM PST by MomofMarine
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

> I’d imagine that there would be a
cottage industry devoted to finding ways to game
the system.

Bank on it.


40 posted on 01/18/2014 3:19:39 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Little Pig

Yeah, that drone demo video was pretty cool. I got to wondering, though, how they’d handle “signature required” stuff. Picture awaking to a pounding at your front door from a drone that isn’t going to leave until it gets your signature and scans your id.


41 posted on 01/18/2014 3:21:53 AM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: ArmstedFragg

Signature-required stuff will either still come by truck, or they’ll have you put your signature on file, and then put a QR-code sticker that the drone can read beside your door to stand in place of the live signature.


42 posted on 01/18/2014 3:23:56 AM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: MomofMarine

The more of those centers they build, the more business they can pick up by doing fulfillment for small businesses. One thing they’re going to have to work on, though, is some means of limiting the number of vendors for a particular product. I regularly buy things like audio cables, and find myself having to flip through page after page of the exact same cable to find the cheap one.


43 posted on 01/18/2014 3:28:18 AM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Slings and Arrows
So

I see something I might like to have and buy, go through all the rigamarole, and when I see the final ticket, I decide ... naaahhhh ... what was I thinking .. I can't afford that .... and click out of it all ...

And Amazon has already shipped it ?

44 posted on 01/18/2014 3:28:35 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: knarf

The might have shipped it from one warehouse to another, they haven’t actually shipped it to you.


45 posted on 01/18/2014 3:38:37 AM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Slings and Arrows

They are using the same technology that ObamaCare used to count the number of people that signed-up, even if they didn’t sign-up.


46 posted on 01/18/2014 4:11:51 AM PST by Tai_Chung
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To: Slings and Arrows; Salamander

It’s OK just as long as The Doctor doesn’t have us cloned, miniaturized and injected into our own bloodstreams to search out viral alien life forms.


47 posted on 01/18/2014 4:33:44 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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48 posted on 01/18/2014 4:35:41 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

HMMMMM. Last month I ordered 2000lb of Staurolite from a location in FLA. It took a few days to get here to NY. This month, without any warning I re ordered and it got here in hours. Surprised the hell out of me.


49 posted on 01/18/2014 4:41:19 AM PST by TalBlack
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To: Slings and Arrows

Just add the software module to Obamacare and get your vote done......if you complain there is a free lobotomy scheduled.


50 posted on 01/18/2014 5:00:07 AM PST by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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