The Amazon Tablet may bankrupt me

The Amazon Tablet may bankrupt me

Summary: Amazon will make shopping at its store so easy on the tablet to be announced tomorrow, that it may bankrupt me.

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I shop at Amazon. I shop at the online store all the time. I am still amazed at the fact that no matter how obscure the product may be that I am searching for, Amazon has it. The tactic of making the act of shopping, something I normally hate to do, so easy and satisfying definitely results in my spending far too much with them. My wife long ago stopped asking me what "all these charges from Amazon are". I shop at Amazon so much already, if the tablet expected to be announced tomorrow does what I think, it may very well bankrupt me.

I strongly believe the sole purpose behind the Amazon Tablet, allegedly named Fire, is to sell people more stuff. Not compete with the iPad nor the host of Android tablets, it is simply to sell me more stuff. The expected digital media will be front and center on this tablet, but more importantly it will be a window into the entire Amazon mega-store.

Knowing the Amazon folks, finding and buying stuff on the Amazon Tablet will be even easier than online in a web browser. Swiping and tapping on the screen will send all sorts of stuff to my home. My favorite salad dressing? Check. Replacement razor assembly for my electric shaver? Check. Cargo cover for a 2007 Mazda CX-7 vehicle? Check.

Amazon is going to turn a simple buying exercise into a fun one, and that is going to break the bank. My personal bank, anyway, between nice shopping and free shipping I am going to be constantly buying stuff. And that is all Amazon wants with its tablet.

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  • RE: The Amazon Tablet may bankrupt me

    I understand how you feel. :D
    >>My wife long ago stopped asking me what ???all these charges from Amazon are???.
    Ditto here. :D

    >>I strongly believe the sole purpose behind the Amazon Tablet, allegedly named Fire, is to sell people more stuff. Not compete with the iPad nor the host of Android tablets, it is simply to sell me more stuff. The expected digital media will be front and center on this tablet, but more importantly it will be a window into the entire Amazon mega-store.

    It squarely aims at the market that B&N Nook color has right now.
    Ram U
  • RE: The Amazon Tablet may bankrupt me

    Couldn't agree more. Amazon is doing a bang-up job of marketing so far on all of their products, and tying things together with a color tablet will be the icing on the cake.

    By the way, thanks for having a great blog. Sadly, those saps at your previous web address have ruined your previously good blog and title. Thanks for keep us readers informed and engaged (and not treating us like advertising targets).
    jglopic
  • RE: The Amazon Tablet may bankrupt me

    Can't you shop at amazon on any tablet?
    They have an app (or two) for that.
    Scrabbler
  • RE: The Amazon Tablet may bankrupt me

    The Amazon tablet is going to give a whole new meaning to "Shopping Cart" - imagine sitting on a bench at the mall ordering away while your wife is inside shopping for shoes...time to raise the credit card limit!
    dksmidtx
    • RE: The Amazon Tablet may bankrupt me

      @dksmidtx agreed, and once your done you can watch a movie using your prime account.
      antv311
    • RE: time to raise the credit card limit!

      @dksmidtx

      Actually, that would be the time to max out the card, <b>so she can't buy <u>another</u> pair of shoes!</b>.
      fatman65536
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  • I Agree

    Look at the ease at which you can order a book off the Kindle. Therefore, Amazon should be giving the thing away for free or at least a very low (sub $100) price. They'll easily make up the cost with the merchandise they sell to compulsive buyers like me.
    bobert1@...
  • RE: The Amazon Tablet may bankrupt me

    Thank you for writing this article it is literally what I have been saying on all the other sites. I'm glad I'm not crazy or the only one who thinks this. Now I can scream it from the facebook mountain tops and since it's ZDnet someone might listen. "clicks like button"
    antv311
  • RE: The Amazon Tablet may bankrupt me

    Customer service rocks I brought a mouse that didn't work and next morning UPS was knocking on my door with new one.
    Randalllind
    • RE: The Amazon Tablet may bankrupt me

      @Randalllind Exactly. A big part of their success is the customer service. I've seen complaints and haters, but my experience over the years has been stellar.
      tkeller@...
  • Hmm....

    So Apple's 30% commission is just for looks then eh?
    Joe_Raby
  • RE: The Amazon Tablet may bankrupt me

    Read slower
    Stix2002
  • RE: The Amazon Tablet may bankrupt me

    The author is an irresponsible moron. Take responsibility for your own actions and stop shopping. This story was pointless and unnecessary.
    ken@...
    • RE: The Amazon Tablet may bankrupt me

      @ken@... If you claim that it's that simple, you're the irresponsible one. Would you hand a crack addict some crack and say it's not your fault if it gets used? Our economy is unfortunately driven to a great extent by the success of modern marketing.
      Rohan Jayasekera
    • RE: The Amazon Tablet may bankrupt me

      @ken@... It's people like you that convince the world that Americans have no sense of irony.
      bargeemike
  • RE: The Amazon Tablet may bankrupt me

    So Amazon will become the virtual storefront with 3-5 million tablet windows. Like 5th Ave in NYC, I wonder how'll they decorate them for the holidays?
    jwmckay
  • The Kindle Fire is simply a POS/cash machine,

    and its sole purpose is to be used as a point-of-sale device, where your Amazon accounts and bank accounts and wallets/purses/pockets are used as the cash dispensers.<br><br>Any other uses that might occur with the "Fire" are purely incidental.
    adornoe
    • RE: The Amazon Tablet may bankrupt me

      @adornoe@... Welcome to the wonderful world of capitalism...
      bargeemike
      • Nothing wrong with capitalism, and if Amazon is successful with the idea,

        then more power to them.

        My gripe is about people falling for the advertising and marketing and hype that has the device being "sold" as a tablet. It's a POS device disguised as a tablet. To me it's more about the truth in advertising.
        adornoe