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Questions regarding Amazon Prime with specific interest in Australia

Fairly self explanatory topic.
Amazon Prime Day starts in Australia tomorrow.  I've never bought a thing from Amazon in my life but, as I'm now stuck for at least  the next month or two in a rural hospital, hours away from home and nearly as witless as I am brickless (ie - totally) Imgoing to need to do some internet wrangling before the few marbles that are left roll away! I can't help but think that the familiarity of the system might get some bashed about neurone repairing and firing and, as I'm a 44 year old where the next youngest patient is in their mid sixties I'm also intruiged to see what those with even less faculties than mine may be able to do with some bricks and instructions.
  Any Aussie users with experience in this whole Amazon lark?  Is it worth signing up? Are there any genuine deals or steals to be had?
  As it's becoming more obvious that there is a bit of an ABI to deal with here (my posts are taken taken me quite a while to write) - is the whole Amazon site and process users friendly (and above all, worth it?) - As a guide, I'm stumbling around eBay with some degree of ability (despite that I'm yet to trust myself to "pull the trigger')
  Obviously, Australian info is what I'm seeking but would also love any anecdotal international info that people abroad care to share or recommend.
Thanks in advance 

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  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia BG/Dallas TXMember Posts: 5,134
    If you have never used it you can probably sign up for a free 30 day trial and then just cancel after giving it a go. Amazon is about as user friendly as it comes.
    dmcc0MAGNINOMINISUMBRAJern92
  • MAGNINOMINISUMBRAMAGNINOMINISUMBRA Member Posts: 958
    ^Got that far - now just need to find a nurse with better eyesight to read my credit card numbers (because it looks like you need to add that for Prime membership to start)
      
    Every day I'm amazed at the little things I took for granted...
  • MAGNINOMINISUMBRAMAGNINOMINISUMBRA Member Posts: 958
    Ok I'm obviously missing something here - gone through nearly 100 pages and haven't found a single LEGO item I'd consider GOOD buying let alone a bargain...
  • blokey9blokey9 MelbourneMember Posts: 69
    no, you haven't missed anything. there's very little on Amazon Australia that i would consider a bargain.
    MAGNINOMINISUMBRA
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 702
    The large BB-8 was at a decent price shortly after Amazon Australia was launched. There was also a code last month for orders over $79 to get $20 off if it's your first Amazon purchase, but I don't think it works anymore. Maybe it'll show up again, though?
    MAGNINOMINISUMBRA
  • MAGNINOMINISUMBRAMAGNINOMINISUMBRA Member Posts: 958
    ^Looks like Prime day is done and dusted for Australia 2018.  I did manage to pick up #75187 delivered for $74.99 Aud (over 50% off RRP).  I missed a fhandfulNinjago and small Creator sets at around 50% off. Also managed to go a bit silly on non TLG items (which would have been lessened if there were more LEGO items on offer.
    thanjs for the input 
    Baby_Yodasnowhitie
  • alaskaguyalaskaguy Member Posts: 306
    edited July 19
    I'm a Prime member. Have been for years. But I never buy anything on Prime Day because it's just too hard to sift through all the bullshit to see anything of interest to me.

    Fundamentally, like most search engines, their search engine sucks. You need to have an option to remove things based on criteria you select.  for example:

    Start with a listing of 50,000,000 deals.

    Remove clothes
    Remove jewelry
    Remove chairs
    Remove girl-oriented stuff

    OK, now we're down to only 10M deals.

    Remove Amazon devices
    Remove TVs
    Remove DVD/Bluray/whatever players
    Remove subscriptions
    Remove food items

    OK, now we're down to only 2M deals. Still a lot to sort through.

    Remove furniture.
    Remove vacuum cleaners.
    Remove computers.
    Remove batteries.
    Remove office supplies.
    Remove licensed-theme Legos
    Remove Ninjago Legos
    Remove Friends Legos
    Remove Nexo Knights Legos
    Remove Dimensions Legos
    Remove Brickheadz Legos
    (etc. etc. etc.)

    and so forth. The point is, I want to BROWSE, I'm not looking for anything in particular. But there is lots of stuff I don't want to look at.  The filters and stuff don't really cut it. I want the ability to click on stuff and say "remove stuff like this", but not everything that may be in the same category as that.

    Then I want to be able to save such searches and recall them later.  I'd probably buy a lot more stuff if they did this..but as it is now, I really only use Amazon when I already know what it is I want to buy, and just search for that thing.

    Summary: Prime Day is worthless to me.

    SlapNutsMAGNINOMINISUMBRABaby_Yodadmcc0catwrangler
  • MAGNINOMINISUMBRAMAGNINOMINISUMBRA Member Posts: 958
    ^thanks for your perspective.  Interestingly, the only thing I bought was the BB8 - no interest whatsoever in it but couldn't do no at the price.  I had never looked at Amazon a single time before the day before prime day but had to (mainly due to reading here about some of the incredible deals on Lego that people had got over the  last few years.  From an Aussie perspective- on Prime day we also get free international shipping on orders over 99 USD from Amazon US site, so there was the CHANCE to get some GREAT bargains. 
      Interestingly, the Australian media was widely reporting that Prime Day was a failure before it had even ended with users reporting a lack of bargains  and selections across the board and the fact that Prime membership (despite being available for free trail) was stopping users from engaging.
      When I found that affiliate link on the Brickset main page I was TOTALLY over the moon - it was going to be my first opportunity to help support my favourite site.
      If there were 50 off and bett I was prepared to be spending hundreds. There wasn't, I didn't...

    Summary: Prime Day was like a few dates I went on back inthe day -   My expectations were considerably greater than the overall result...
  • alaskaguyalaskaguy Member Posts: 306
    edited July 19
    Yeah...Prime Day seems to cover "deals" on a ton of stuff I'm just not going to buy, and it is too hard to browse stuff I MIGHT buy with all the clutter.

    For example...EVEN IF they're selling $2000 TVs for $500, I just don't care. I'm not in the market for a TV. I bought a TV in 2011 and it meets my needs more than adequately. Now, I will grant you, if they were selling them for $1, I would have some interest...but even then, not enough to "camp out" on-line, waiting for the magic moment when it will appear for 20 minutes some time during the day. 

    If I'm going to buy something, I just want to see it, click on it, buy it. No bullshit please.

    You know what WOULD be an interesting Prime Day format? If they would just offer me deals on things I've looked at already - or let me specify things I'm interested in over the course of say, a month - ahead of time - and then offer me deals on some or all of those things.   In other words, I'll tell you what I'm interested in, you tell me what you can offer me.  If I have to go traipsing through a virtual "bargin bin" looking for something I can use - I've got better things to do.

    Another interesting format...just rebate me based on spend. Examples:
    • Spend $200 (on anything), get 20% off.
    • Spend $500 (on anything), get 35% off.
    • Spend $1000 (on anything), get 40% off.
    • Spend $1500 (on anything), get 45% off.
    • Spend $2500 (on anything), get 50% off.
    • Spend $5000 (on anything), get 55% off.
    • Spend $10000 (on anything), get 65% off.
    You get the idea.  Limit it to one rebate per account/address/whatever. Now THAT would get me to spend, and spend big too. With the example above, I'd be in the $5000 category, at least.

    MAGNINOMINISUMBRAdmcc0catwrangler
  • MAGNINOMINISUMBRAMAGNINOMINISUMBRA Member Posts: 958
    While I like your rebate idea, I do like the fact that I only had to spend $75 AUD to get 54% off!  ;)
  • alaskaguyalaskaguy Member Posts: 306
    But it was probably on one or two things - not everything you wanted to buy that day.
    MAGNINOMINISUMBRA
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 702
    Spend $100 000, get 100% off. Hell yeah!
    MAGNINOMINISUMBRA
  • MAGNINOMINISUMBRAMAGNINOMINISUMBRA Member Posts: 958
    @alaskaguy - Just the one set (which represented a bargain) I did spend another $60 on 3 other totally unrelated items.  There is NO WAY I'd have have spent 2.5-5K To get ANY kind of discount (and I think a wee bit elitist to think most users would find it acceptable). I think your idea of opting in to only getting advertised on item groups you'd already looked at is quite meritous also.
  • MAGNINOMINISUMBRAMAGNINOMINISUMBRA Member Posts: 958
    Oh, BTW I DID go into Prime Day with a $750 set budget (which if there were bargains to be had MAY have been blown).  
    Ive just giggled to myself reading that back - imagine if you told someone 10-15 years ago that you had that big a set budget - you'd be buying multiples of everything released for the year!
    Baby_Yoda
  • alaskaguyalaskaguy Member Posts: 306
    There is NO WAY I'd have have spent 2.5-5K To get ANY kind of discount (and I think a wee bit elitist to think most users would find it acceptable).
    You should re-read my post.

    1). My example indicates 20% off for spending as little as $200.

    2). It was just an example to demonstrate the idea. The specific numbers are not hard and fast.
  • MAGNINOMINISUMBRAMAGNINOMINISUMBRA Member Posts: 958
    Perhaps you should re-read mine (in conjunction with each other)?
      I bought one set, spent $75 and got 54% off - I wouldn't have spent 2.5 - 5K to justify that kind of discount, and I doubt anyone would.
    Apologies if you thought I was taking a shot there - you seem a bit agitated about it (though my own present state on mind is, I openly admit, questionable at present - brain injuries are a bitch)
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