February 17, 2013

Purchase of the day.

From the February 16, 2013 Amazon Associates Earnings Report:

Mario Kart Racing Wheel for Wii (2pcs Bundle) (Bulk Packaging) by Ebest (Earnings to the Althouse blog = $0.97)

85704 Campus.org Poly Color Jackets - 6 Pack, Assorted Colors by Smead (Earnings to the Althouse blog = $0.45)

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter by Vestergaard-Frandsen (Earnings to the Althouse blog = $1.84)

ch ching:

T-fal Actifry Low-Fat Multi-Cooker (Earnings to the Althouse blog = $16.72 )

Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 (1PC/1User) [Download] (Earnings to the Althouse blog = $17.60)

Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner (Earnings to the Althouse blog = $11.92 )

... and 28 other items purchased — at no additional cost to the buyers. Or as Barack might say, "Nothing about using the Althouse Amazon portal tonight should increase your family budget deficit by a single dime."

Only I'm not even lying.

So suck it up, load it down, fry it deep, sip it slow. If you like it, you better put a jacket on it. And WEEE!!! Thank you.


kentuckyliz said...

I like the literary turn this sales report took: applying a quote from the POTUS, and the series of imperatives referring to today's purchases and their uses.

Well done sir.

Meade said...

Plus a concise editorial comment, don't forget.

Thanks, liz. We aim to please.

Meade said...

And speaking of water... look at how Marco Rubio turns hydrate-gate into hydrate-gate-ade. !Que Buena!

roadgeek said...

You know, I just have to say something. I understand the whole concept of buying through your Amazon Portal; it puts some money in the blogger's pocket. I thoroughly enjoy this blog; Ann Althouse has a lot to say, and says it in a thoughtful and entertaining fashion. (Even when's she's way off-base, as she was when she encouraged American construction workers to learn Spanish, so they could compete with illegal aliens.)

But about 5 years ago she posted a picture of a pizza she'd made. Damn, that pizza looked good. So I emailed her for the recipe. Nada. No way no how. Not sharing that recipe. I don't even remember her reason now, I just remember the no. Eh? Post a picture of some food but don't share how to prepare it so others can enjoy it? Passive-aggressive perhaps. Chickenshit, for sure.

So it may seem chickenshit on my part, but it will be the coldest day in hell before I ever buy anything through your Amazon portal. Perhaps the two chickenshits cancel each other out. I have enjoyed reading your commentary on "The Great Gatsby", so much so that I decided to read the entire book. I bought a copy, but not through your portal.

Thank you, I feel better now.

Meade said...

She didn't make the pizza, roadgeek. I did. Why didn't you email me?

FleetUSA said...

That Actifry is great for French fries.

SomeoneHasToSayIt said...

No cost? Really? Do you seriously think that the amount that goes to you, that would have gone to Amazon if a person just went there first, is just EATEN by Amazon?

Or do you rather suppose that the smaller profit they get, because it is shared with you, causes them (rightly) to raise all costs in order to make it up, elsewhere?

Or is something not a cost, provided it is spread thin and wide?

Meade said...

Compared to other advertising and marketing approaches, the AmazonAssociates sales model seems pretty good to me as it is probably relatively low-cost for them and thus is part of how they are able to offer such low prices and excellent service.

I don't think our earnings are "eaten" by Amazon anymore than marketing and advertisment costs are "eaten" by any business. Cost of doing business - like insurance, accounting, shipping, etc.

Feel free to contribute directly to the Althouse blog through PayPal, using your credit card. Plenty of people do that too, for which we are always grateful and typically email our thanks directly back to them.

Coketown said...

Whoever bought Microsoft Office: let me know how you like it. From what I've read, the downloading process and new licensing structure sounds as pleasant as gonorrhea. Why would I pay for that when I can get it for free? No, wrong retort. I meant: Why would I want that?

It's not even an instant download! They give you a download key which you take to their site and then download during regular business hours. Microsoft apparently doesn't get the idea of downloading things. I don't see iTunes putting up a, "Sorry! We're closed!" sign at 8 pm.

wyo sis said...

Amazon very often has the best price for things. How they do that and offer free shipping with Prime and use portals to allow people to appreciate their work is their business. I'm glad they are so supportive of the internet. They make my life infinitely easier and I appreciate it.

roadgeek said...

"....Why didn't you email me?....."

Good question, Meade. I'm not at all certain you were even in the picture at that time, as I can't recall exactly when I sent the email. All I know was that it was some years ago, and I commented to my wife about her response at the time, which seemed somewhat petty.

Meade said...

If you have a half-remembered email, that you cannot now find, that you are using to support a claim that Ann was rude to you or "chickenshit" or however you want to put it, you need to either show us that email so we can all see the context of her reply or else apologize for coming into these comments to make scurrilous accusations from which it is impossible for her to defend herself.

khesanh0802 said...


Tacky! Tackier! Tackiest

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roadgeek said...

Meade, I've already let it go, and did so a long time ago. No, I did not save the email, but what possible context could there be? I politely asked for the recipe so my wife could make the pizza and your wife declined. Pretty simple, really. I understand your inclination to defend your wife, and it's admirable, but I'm not apologizing for my comments. Your request for readers to use the Amazon Portal merely struck a nerve, for whatever reason. I'm neither as glib nor as articulate as you and your wife; I only know the constant shilling got on my nerves and reminded me of what happened all those years ago and I chose to bring it up. This may have been ill-considered on my part, but I've done nothing worthy of an apology.