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Old 12-03-2013
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Re: Ripoff merchants!

The deal with Amazon is that they are a logistics company. They try to stock "some" of most stuff in most locations, anticipating where it will be delivered to and warehousing it oin the closest distribution center. So if you order a fishing rod, it is more likely to be stocked near the Great Lakes or seacoasts, less likely to be stocked in the Nevada desert. Snowscrapers and muckluks? In the north, but not New Orleans. (G)

This means that when you order things they are likely to be stocked in different locations, and it is faster and cheaper for Amazon to send multiple shipments, than it is for them to consolidate everything in one location, make a new "bundle" and reship it to you. Sometimes the results feel a bit weird (three different delivery couriers in the same day for the same order, right) but the logic behind what they do is real, most of the time. At other times...well, I don't think airborne drone deliveries are going to bring them any closer to making their first profit, which I'm told hasn't happened yet.
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