Amazon.com : Java Glossary
Amazon.com is an enormous online bookstore that carries many Java related books.
If you visit them by clicking on the logo, I get a 5%
commission on any books, tapes or CDs (Compact Discs)
you buy. The main disadvantages of shopping this way, is, if you elect standard
ground shipping, you can wait 4 to 10 weeks for delivery and you can’t peruse
the entire books. The main advantage is the huge selection. If you click the logo,
you will be taken to the store. To search by ISBN (International Standard Book Number), click book search then
ISBN when you get there or go directly to
ISBN search. To do searches combining incomplete information about author, title
etc. click book search then power search once you
Besides books, Amazon now sells electronics, DVD (Digital Video Disc)
s, food and magazine subscriptions.
- Amazon is huge. They have pretty well any recently-published book in
- They have warehouses in many countries. This means shipping costs are lower.
Shipping is faster and there are less hassles with cross-border shopping.
- The thing they do that drives me insane with rage is sell the same product
under half a dozen or more different ASIN numbers, each with a different price and
each with a different availability. This means it takes six times longer to make a
purchase trying to track down the best deal. For me, the problem is magnified a
hundredfold, since I have to do this for every product I refer on my website. I
wrote them twice about this trying to make a business case for desisting. The first
item the ignored me, the second time they said it was more convenient for them to
do it this way. I agree, but there are win-win ways to handle it. Because they have
so many partner resellers who actually ship the item and because they negotiate
different deals with each one they need to keep track of all the different prices
and availability. However, nearly always this detail is of no interest whatsoever
to customers. They just want one part number, one price, one story about
availability and one set of features. The Amazon databases should merge the
information to provide customers with the same simple view that smaller retailers
offer. At the very least, you should be able to find all this trivia with a single
unique unchanging ASIN number.
. They accept only credit cards. I don’t have a
credit card. For many reasons I would never consider getting one, much less using
it for Internet transactions. Credit cards are a joke when it comes to security.
Using them is less secure than Fedexing Amazon a box of signed blank cheques. It
least let me pre-pay by cheque or money order. The will not let me use Interac on
my credit union bank account either.
- They are so huge, their monopoly power is putting brick and mortar bookstores
out of business and other online bookstores. They are behaving more and more like
WalMart every day, bleeding the book publishers.
- The website offers one set of products and their AWS (Amazon Web Services)
database offer another set. Sometimes they agree on products, features, prices and
availability. There is no excuse for them to be out of sync. Both are computer
- Their prices are sporadic fluctuating daily and sometimes absurd, ten+ times
the going rate, though in general they are reasonable. Obsolete items are rarely
discounted; instead the prices are jacked way up. It is though they are trying to
trick the unwary into massively overpaying.
Unfortunately Amazon has been applying bogus software patents to its
competitors. They patented the use of the cookie for e-commerce and have also
patented one-click sales and the use of commissioned referring sites. So please
use the Bookstores section to find alternate
bookstores. You might also follow the boycott link and add your website to it.
This is like trying to claim a patent for brushing your teeth or adding up items
in a bill to get a total. There is no novelty or art or invention, just smarmy
lawyers trying to pull a fast one and hold back commerce on the net.