Sunday, January 19, 2014

Amazon Pissed me off this morning...

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My answer:

This was an annoying email. Just crappy marketing.
If you look at my amazon account, you'll see that I spend hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars there a year.

Are you really going to send me an email, interrupt my day, to say that I have a $0.99 credit but it must be spent in the next 12 days?
Did you think I'd hustle around due to your promotion to find some $0.99 thing to read just so I didn't lose the credit?
Did you think I'd feel great about Amazon because they gave out a highly restricted $0.99 bonus?

DON't BE STUPID. Send me emails appropriately, spare me annoying near-spam promotions.
I run a small company with a fair amount of email marketing. One of our principles is not to send out stupid promotions that annoy people.


AMAZON's Answer:

Greetings from

We're sorry.  You've written to an address that cannot accept incoming
e-mail.  But that's OK--this automated response will direct you to the
right place at to answer your question or help you contact
customer service if you need further assistance.

You will find the answers to the most common questions here:

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If your question is not answered by the above links, we invite you to
search our Help Desk at

If you need to modify an unshipped order or make changes to your
account or subscriptions, you may do so online at any time via
Your Account:

We hope our online resources meet all your needs.  If you've explored
the above links but find you still need to get in touch with us,
please click the "Contact Customer Service" link on our main Help page.

Thanks for shopping at

Sincerely, Customer Service

MY ANSWER - I've been to Amazon's Home Page. There's NO "Contact Customer Service" link (that I can find). 

Friday, January 17, 2014


I was just looking at how companies build their diversified brands. I was looking at a company called Time4Learning that does educational homeschool software.  I noticed that they also have these sites
forwarded to their core site.

There's and which are both forwarded to pages on

There's also a which seems to be associated with a college science program.   And which is an affiliated writing educational program!

There are variations on For instance, seems to be a community forum that supports  There seems also to be and both of which are forwarded to  There's also which seems to just be a navigation list to

I wonder if there is a: