Missing the Party

I missed the “biggest shopping event ever”. Not only did I miss it, I didn’t even realize I was missing it.  I’m talking about Prime Day on Amazon.  Turns out that it’s a great big sale for those who are signed up for Prime.  I noticed a story about it the day after it was over – the first I’d heard of it.

Turns out that 100 million products were sold with the FireTV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote leading the way as the number one seller. I don’t even know what a FireTV Stick is.  The Echo Dot came in second.  I don’t know what that is either.  Apparently another big selling item was the Instant Pot multicooker.  I DO know what that is. In fact, if I had been a Prime member and if I’d known about the sale, I might have been interested.  But I don’t spend enough on Amazon in a year to justify the cost of Prime and getting a glorified pressure cooker isn’t a big enough incentive to change that.

But it makes me worry that not only did I now know that this event was happening, I also don’t even know what the top selling items were. Am I out of step with my own culture? Is the world speeding up while I’m slowing down?

Should I worry?

56 thoughts on “Missing the Party”

  1. I suspect you’re asking the wrong crowd about that question. I used to have a favorite t-shirt that said, “I’m out of the loop and that’s the way I like it”. And that was back when I was still sort of in the loop…

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    1. I’m expecting that no one on the trail will say I should worry! At least not about whether I know what a FireStick is….

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  2. I do sort of know what the TV stick is. Once debated buying one. Know what Dot is but do not know why I would want it.
    I am on prime and it is worth it for the TV. We watch much more Primre than Netflix and more netflix than broadcast TV other than the Twins. And we do pay for it with the shipping costs avoided. I try to shop local but so often no one has what I want. The only way I can get my odorless products, including deodorant, is through Prime.
    Two weeks ago I needed a new printer. My old trusted Brother laser BW printer finally died. That’s what I wanted. Only a printer, nothing else. Sandy has a printer on her computer which copies and scans and does color. I hate ink jet. Her is cheap one. We buy one every couple years when they are onsale for college kinds.
    So I ordered a newer cheaper version of my Brother laser printer. The sent the toner cartridge. We disagree on whose fault. So last week I
    reordered through a customer service rep. It did not turn into the toner but it did do a glitch. BUT the rpice dropped by $20 because it was prime day. It came and is exactly what I want.
    Since my grandson gfot me hooked on fountain pens–I write so much better with one–I use prime for that, to name one other thing. No one sells a fountain pen that is not all for show and not real use or sells the cartridges.
    I slept until 8:50 so my eyes will not clear for awhile. Excuse bad fingers and blind eyes
    GTW I wasa surprised I did not knw it was Prime day. Did I toss emails woithout reading thewm?

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    1. Prime day has been popular in our building. Our lobby is piled high in boxes every day. I just now realized why.
      I just ordered something on Prime. I could maybe find the kind of bag I wanted, but because it hurts so much to walk and stand, I did not want to be out looking at around in the mall and big boxes.
      I will try to do a blog related to this. See what pain allows. 10 more days until possible big relief of the major part of my pain.

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  3. i buy lots of stuff on amazon prime
    my tea. rolls of packaging tape for my business
    car parts( rock auto is the best for car parts) lots of books, its a good venue for stuff you need to shop for especially hard to find or specific stuff
    sometimes you don’t order on line because the shipping is as much as the item, amazon really fixes that. ebay is trying to respond but challenged.
    the fire stick is something my kids taught me about. my daughter doesn’t get cable she uses her fire stick it allows streaming of a lot of shows and that with the amazon membership gets you access to more stuff than you can imagine
    echo and dot are for those who like to have smart phone like access in the kitchen and living room. it plays music, answers queries etc
    it feels a little much to me but i was just wondering last night if i could at this point dial back to pre smart phone mode and i am not sure i could without feeling handcuffed
    maybe technology is changing the way we live so dramatically right now it is obvious who is with it and who is not embracing it
    my daughter and son in law are going to kosovo and are very excited to be taking their old phones to leave over there. the kosovo culture is a whole different deal. i suspects most of the rest of the world is in a whole different place but we live in an amazing transition right now. my 30 year old had his first phone when he was about 10 . in 20 years he has seen amazing stuff happen in his hand.i gave him the echo and dot for christmas and he loves it
    i am very impressed with amazon and the ability to get the virtual store built and developed as the learning curve happened
    i am not sore you can shut the door on technological forward movement nor would you want to
    it’s a little bit hal from 2001 but it is because of hal we know to beware of the danger
    i think in much the same way trump serves as the perfect messenger for what can go wrong on a major scale because of him we will never be surprised by corruption at the highest levels and the safeguards built in will reference trump as the reason they were implemented
    and he is the al capone of the new millennium
    i wish i knew a way to expedite the ta dump trump movement on prime day

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  4. Who needs Prime when Herbergers is having a months long going out of business sale? In the last couple of years we lost both Penneys and now Herbergers. Bismarck has no classic department store any longer. The question for many of us here is “where on earth do I go to buy a decent bra and underwear now that Herbergers has closed?” The Macy’s store in Fargo is our closest department store. I can’t see driving 300 miles for undies. The local Herbergers is bringing loads of stuff in for their going out of business sale, including racks of bras, and I stocked up.

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    1. my wife is working at the herbetrgers closeout sale and the prices were marked up to mark back down. today they are at the level they were at everyday before the sale to liquidate. anything sold up until now is at a higher margin than normal and no one cares because the liquidators are not involved in the herbergers stock. they are bringing in liots of new stuff to offer as markdown. they just bought it. because people like a 70% off sale.

      the prices in the housewares department where my wife works at 70% off are still higher than target or walmart of amazon.
      to but clothes online the beauty is that you can order now to find the maker and size you apprecaite and file it away. the amazon model allows you to return no charge if it doesnt fit or the quality is not what you wanted. buy 12 different sizes and send 11 back. in the north dakota retail environment this is a great option. clothes from a good company can be found through google search and after you check the online return policy pick one that will allow you to window shop online and save the trip to fargo.
      just like the days of the sears and robuck catalog and montgomery wards. you look at the pictures and order it up.

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  5. VS, I think the cost of Prime for a year is more than the cost of an Instant Pot, at least when it’s on sale. And it’s on sale frequently. So, if you really wanted one, you could just buy it without buying Prime. Or buy it at Target.

    And, of course, if you don’t really want one, then don’t buy it. Why get sucked into the hype if you’re content without it?

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  6. No, you’re not missing out.
    Our son got Prime when he was in college. At that point, other family members could join it for free using his so Kelly got on it. Eventually she got her own and I got on hers. And I got the college theater set up under the business accounts and somehow got Prime on that too. But I didn’t order anything the other day. Kelly looked but didn’t buy anything.

    The other day, our son bought a book at Barnes and Noble and used our membership there to save a dollar. He texted us a picture of the book and a Thank You.

    Family. It’s all about saving together. 🙂

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  7. And you don’t want the ‘Dot’ listening in on your conversations anyway.
    Mind you, I’m not sure that’s what that thing does in the first place… I’m just assuming.
    My niece had one of those ‘talk-to-it’ things and one night they talked about something that started showing up in her Facebook ads. She unhooked it. That was just a little too creepy for her to know it was listening ALL the time!

    Here’s a little snippet about the talking things. It’s quick; pay attention:

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    1. One evening Hans and I were discussing something, don’t recall what, but suddenly Siri – or whatever her name is – piped up: “watch your language.” His iPhone, lying on the ledge behind the couch where he was sitting, had apparently been listening to our entire conversation. Frankly, that’s a little unnerving, I think. It’s important to remember to turn those things off, they keep track of too much private information, and who knows where it ends up.

      I have a small piece of electrical tape covering the “camera” on my laptop. Don’t need to inadvertently expose myself to the whole world.

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        1. My laptop does not have touch screen and the other evening someone was looking at something on my computer over my shoulder and running her fingers all over my screen (which I had just cleaned), I suppose in an attempt to scroll down. I kept saying “This is NOT a touch screen,” but she didn’t pay attention until I said it four times.

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      1. i used to keep the tape on but i needed to do a skype discussion and took it off. i guess the thing must be being watched because i started getting marriage proposals the next day

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  8. Fads in marketing: for awhile everyone had odorless products. Now no one does. Target seems to be trying to ride fads and cannot get up on its surf board.

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    1. target is so anaylitics based that they try something and move on if it doesnt perform.
      odor free products can be sourced from a bunch of sources on amazon
      name brand or product brand search if you have favorites or just a odorless shampoo or laundry detergent or whatever
      if you dont have prime i can order for you

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  9. retail is such a horrible premise. jobs yes… efficient no… if i sell a hammer on amazon as a hammer maker i get my money, amazon gets their(15%)money and the post office gets their money (5 or 6%) and that is better than so for 21% mark up it can be done.
    people sitting in a store that needs rent paid heat and electricity, workers all so you can buy the thing you knew you wanted seems expensive when it can be shipped out and avoid all the overhead.
    i cant believe department stores still exist on the planet. who pays $50.00 for a shirt?

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      1. I have to say I find all shopping soulless and that’s OK. I don’t look to retail for soul. Department stores just don’t work anymore. Specialty shops will continue to provide the opportunity to see and handle merchandise and fit clothing but small shops are more nimble and can come and go with cultural changes.

        I frequently run into the problem of finding the specific item I want, and my want is often specific and not necessarily something that happens to be currently popular. There was a point, I think, where changes in the tax law made it unprofitable for businesses to carry extensive inventory and they adopted “just in time” stocking of inventory, which included prioritizing most popular items over less requested ones. Fortunately for retailers and unfortunately for me, the majority of customers are seeking the same currently trending articles, but I would have to chase all over town to find my apparently more obscure articles in a brick and mortar store. That’s where Amazon in particular and online shopping in general is a godsend. I really don’t want to spend half a day looking for my less popular product.

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        1. I agree. Shopping doesn’t make me happy. I often call a store ahead of time to see if they have an item because I don’t want to waste my time if it’s not there. I do enjoy the internet for finding those odd things that I need.

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      2. We do a fair amount of booth. Often I want to be able to FEEL the item I’m buying; I want to see the package and turn it over and KNOW what I’m getting. To get the same impression from Amazon I have to look at all the pictures, I have to read the comments, I have to compare it against several other items (which sometimes are the exact same thing with a different name or manufacturer.)

        If buying a movie it’s not so bad; I know this is the movie I want.
        And I do appreciate knowing that when I want a ‘Thing-a-ma-bob’, SOMEONE will be selling one either on Amazon or Ebay.
        I have bought and sold machinery on Craigs List. But it was all close enough I could see it before purchase.

        I do watch one guy on You Tube that has bought tractors from overseas. Kinda crazy to me; but he lives in NJ and picks them up right at the docks.

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  10. Rise and Shine Baboons,

    WP is moody this morning—it is messing with me for the 2nd day in a row.

    I would not worry, VS, about being unaware of Prime sale week. The only part of this that is worrying to me, is Renee’s point about the loss of brick and mortar stores. How do we shop for apparel that requires fitting? I, for one, will miss Herbergers. They surely messed up their closing sale, though.

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    1. So far, my main clothing store – Savers – is thriving and, as far as I know, not in danger of closing. But if I wanted to buy some new clothing that I want to try on, I wouldn’t even know where to go besides Target.

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      1. savers was everyones favorite until 2 or 3 years ago when it was shown that the community giving they presented themselves to be doing was on so much smaller a scale than they presented that it was branded as deceptive.goodwill is my go to place. on tuesdays the 75% off sales is how i select my stuff. pants and shirts for 6 dollars marked down 75% makes it a 1.50 purchase. the stuff that maeks it to the sale is stuff that hasnt sold in 3 weeks. every 4 weeks the blue tag comes around again, then the ping then green then yellow then blue… if i see a great item i can pay “retail” but the tuesday deal is a great option.
        my kids do pay for the new tag and look for 40 or 50 dollar shirts to be marked down to only 12 or 15 dollars and they feel great about it. i am so lucky. my out fit today is a total of 9 dollars and 4 or that is underwear. 5 for shorts shirt and shoes.
        yesterday i was up around 30 bucks because i had some birkys on i pain 25 on ebay for.
        i decided i dont need to be attached to clothes. they are easliy replaced by some other item without any regret at all. i dont fondly remember that sweater or shirt. (as i say that i do remember some of the wonderful 40’s and 50’s shirts and hats i used to have back in the 70’s. today they are coveted items in vintage circles and i dont wear them because they are worth more if i dont spill mustard down the front before i stry to sell them on ebay.
        if anyone ever has a need for clothes let me know. i either have it or i can get it on tuesday. my regular goodwill is 394 and 494 where the fashion deals are great. lots of gently worn garments from nordstroms and macys, designers and such.
        kind of the opposite of prime day but i do appreciate the option. they never have bluetooth headphones at goodwill. or earl gray tea. ($15.00 a lb delivered is way way less than anywhre else. )

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        1. look forward to seeing pj and whoever else at peter oshtrushko pot luck this afternoon. so sad that peter got disabled with a stroke. i was talking with someone the other day about how musicians never have medical insurance and retirement preparation looked after and it is so hard.
          we out to find a arts day for the artists of the world to buy insurance plans and retirement options at super deals one weekend a year. actors retirement home except for musicians and painter and sculptors and dancers… what a nice environment it would be

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        2. I’m hoping to make it, tim, at the moments I’m not sure I will. Stomach is acting up. I’m holding off offering my tickets to someone else until three, because I’m hoping things settle down. If not, anyone interested in the ticket? The potluck starts at 5PM, the music at 7PM. Regarding the fundraising for PO, As of yesterday, Peter’s GoFundMe page had raised over $80,000.00. He’s still in an assisted living facility. Apparently there needs to be some modifications to his house made to enable him to move back home.

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        3. hope you feel better pj
          sorry its kicking up
          i know peter is not doing great. what a tough reality to accept.
          looking forward to the event but i feel bad for the fact peter is facing a long road

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        4. I’m not going to be able to make. I tried calling Linda, no answer. I’ll keep trying to find someone who wants to go with such short notice. Anyone interested, please email me or respond here.

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        5. I’ve handed off my ticket my friend Laurie. I had so looked forward to this, so I’m not a happy camper. Hans just left this morning for a couple of weeks at the Steger homestead near Ely so guess who will be eating pasta salad for a week? I had prepared a big bowl full for the potluck. Fortunately it’s one that’s vegetarian so I can enjoy it with lots of different grilled meats.

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        6. Yeah, well, Savers is less than 2 miles away from my house and since what used to be a 20 minute drive (I’m guessing that would be about what it should take to drive to goodwill or another thrift store) in almost any direction is now a 45 minute drive due to road closures, fewer driving lanes, etc., I’ll stick with Savers.

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      2. I get all my shirts at Savers. Sometimes I even leave the sleeves on.
        Sometimes.
        Lately I’ve started shortening the sleeves. I think I’ve told that here… how short does a sleeve have to be to qualify as a “sleeve”??

        Someday, when I find a colorful shirt I’m going to start combining fancy sleeves with plain shirts. (Sort of Like Cam on ‘Modern Family’. ((if that means anything to anyone.)) although he’s got fancy cuffs on long sleeves.)

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  11. I’d know if I had Amazon Prime, right? We have a young friend who helped us with some tech stuff a couple months ago, and I think he was suggesting we should get Prime, and I said Why? and I don’t remember a coherent answer…

    I love online shopping for when I can’t find it in the stores, but it’s like reading for me – I’d rather see and touch the stuff. That said, if I had a full time (or even part time) job and a couple of kids at home, I’ll bet I would feel differently. I see tim’s point about how inefficient the retail model is, but what are we going to do with all those empty Southdales?

    And then there will be electricity blackouts and we’ll have no way to get anything.

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    1. the right way t do amazon prime is to give them the 111 for a year up front and then to start plugging in movies music and books as a prome member and to figure out how to look for stuff on amazon that gets delivered in 2 days no charge and is a good not blow your facwe off value. amazon is convenient not cheap but man is it convenient

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  12. were you surprised when they bulldozed brookdale?
    strip malls are poor replacements
    find a life other than shopping. go to museums or gardens or beautiful feeling venues for soemthing other than getting your bra fitted. do that by ordering online until you find a model style size that fits then reorder as needed

    i buy shoes shirts hats coats at such stupid low prices that i can return the or sell for a profit if they dont fit or i get tired of them. i love fashion but it is so fluid you can zig instead of zag and be fine

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  13. I’ve bought a few things online, but mostly prefer to buy local if I can. Amazon makes plenty of billions without me throwing more money at them.

    For thrift stores, I like Arc’s Value Village, but there isn’t one particularly close to me. When I am looking for something I usually try Goodwill or St. Vinnie’s. One can almost always find canning jars there.

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    1. Me too – there were two Arc’s VV near me in Robbinsdale, and a good one in S. Mpls (66th & Penn). Goodwill now has dollar-store type retail merchandise as well as the “pre-owned” clothing, so I’m not as fond of them as I once was.

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