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Posted 6/19/14
I think it is because it is easy and reliable to many people and the fact that there is what they called kilpailuetu or competitive advantage about this amazon shopping.
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I go there if I'm browsing for a type of product in general, but don't usually fall into impulse buying. I tend to review my potential purchase before going through with it. I also go there if I have something in mind that I want or need and tend to get just that alone.
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I wouldn't say its addicting at all, however it is very useful for shopping for certain things because it has everything and the prices on amazon are sometimes unbeatable.
Posted 6/20/14
Because I can get stuff without having to go outside..
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Posted 6/20/14
the amazing deals on the items they sale
Posted 6/20/14
It's the one click
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Posted 6/20/14 , edited 6/20/14

ZodiacA17 wrote:


nanikore2 wrote:


ZodiacA17 wrote:

I go to amazon, occasionally, for products X and Y (examples, variables.) However, I always seem to find a way,or feel I need to then get product Z, and maybe A, B, and C also... Does this happen to others? Often? Or is it just an addictive/OCD nature like the one I have?


I don't think Amazon is all that addictive compared to this other place...

If you live in the United States (edit: hm wait, you do... I guess you should think twice before clicking), do not click on the spoiler if you don't want to be exposed to some possible money-draining addiction



On that site, people are always, ALWAYS complaining and joking about buying stuff they don't need.

I check that darn site multiple times every single day out of sheer habit............ been doing so the last 10 years


Yeah, I could see that site getting dangerous for me real quick... But it's like I said in a previous post, when I want something I go to amazon and order it, but I always seem to order more things I wasn't planning too.


I might be going out on a limb here, but I think what you're getting at probably has to do with the basic design of the site. It's got all of the marketing ploys integrated right in there, right in everyone's faces, for all of our... convenience... as livestock -- Er, I mean consumers... Uh, I mean 'customers'. Look at one item, and it's showing you dozens of other things that might appeal to you. It doesn't even stop after you've given them money, as they're throwing lists of similar items, items other people purchased at the same time as they purchased the item you purchased, and stuff from your wish list at you. lol. The whole site is designed to do this. I don't leave my house much, so I use Amazon for a lot of shopping, and it's always doing this to me. "Oh, look at that manga! I didn't know [artist] had started a new series." or "Wow, another dry tome about Gnosticism! I have to get it. Besides, I'm short $1 for free shipping!" or "Wow, of course, I just ran out of bandaids in my first aid kit! I'm sure it will fit in a box with books." ...and my order almost always ends up being at least $20 more than is required for free shipping... haha. All of this product networking is mixed potently with big declarations about how much you're saving off of the list price, 'friendly' messages like "get yourself a little something", and reminders of materialistic holidays where you're socially obligated to buy things for relatives and co-workers that they probably don't want or need.


SoldierSangria wrote:

1) You don't leave your house, so there is no need to be presentable

2) No one sees the weird shit you buy

3) Repeat number 2


Oh, and this. :)

Also, when I'm ordering stuff, I find there's always this feeling of a need to make the order as 'complete' as possible for whatever reasons, including:
-- It being an investment of my time to make and wait for an order, so I slave over trying to make it some unknowable kind of complete, 'perfect' order. An order in which everything complements everything else and is able to be shipped at the same time from the same warehouse and is a decent amount off full list price. An order in which I am missing nothing, and everything fits in the sizes of boxes I know that they have as easily as possible to prevent bashed-up books. An order in which [verbosity limit exceeded, extraneous examples canceled] (An effort which often ends up with me pointlessly wasting a lot of my time and giving myself a headache. Borderline OCD right there.)
-- Knowing I'll want to read the next volume of something immediately, so I load up the cart with one or two (or three) other volumes of the series... or something else by the same author. Or something else in a similar vein as what that author produced. Or - -
-- Being out of some trivial household item, and not wanting to make an outing out of going all the way out to the store and having to make eye contact with cashiers just for that.
-- Trying to time multiple preorders of things to get free shipping.
-- Thinking that going $20 overbudget isn't really a problem. Every time.
...and so on...

tl;dr:
Uh... long story short, I think it's addicting first and foremost because of marketing, and within that, because of human nature.
Faced with too much cool, cheap stuff which is all too convenient and mind-numbingly easy to buy, our inner monkey-like minds just can't resist getting more stuff.

At the risk of going on even further and constructing a wall of text on par with Hadrian's wall that no one in their right mind wants to read, in this talk about "stuff" I can't help being reminded of George Carlin's "Stuff" routine.
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QuartzWolf wrote:


ZodiacA17 wrote:


nanikore2 wrote:


ZodiacA17 wrote:

I go to amazon, occasionally, for products X and Y (examples, variables.) However, I always seem to find a way,or feel I need to then get product Z, and maybe A, B, and C also... Does this happen to others? Often? Or is it just an addictive/OCD nature like the one I have?


I don't think Amazon is all that addictive compared to this other place...

If you live in the United States (edit: hm wait, you do... I guess you should think twice before clicking), do not click on the spoiler if you don't want to be exposed to some possible money-draining addiction



On that site, people are always, ALWAYS complaining and joking about buying stuff they don't need.

I check that darn site multiple times every single day out of sheer habit............ been doing so the last 10 years


Yeah, I could see that site getting dangerous for me real quick... But it's like I said in a previous post, when I want something I go to amazon and order it, but I always seem to order more things I wasn't planning too.


I might be going out on a limb here, but I think what you're getting at probably has to do with the basic design of the site. It's got all of the marketing ploys integrated right in there, right in everyone's faces, for all of our... convenience... as livestock -- Er, I mean consumers... Uh, I mean 'customers'. Look at one item, and it's showing you dozens of other things that might appeal to you. It doesn't even stop after you've given them money, as they're throwing lists of similar items, items other people purchased at the same time as they purchased the item you purchased, and stuff from your wish list at you. lol. The whole site is designed to do this. I don't leave my house much, so I use Amazon for a lot of shopping, and it's always doing this to me. "Oh, look at that manga! I didn't know [artist] had started a new series." or "Wow, another dry tome about Gnosticism! I have to get it. Besides, I'm short $1 for free shipping!" or "Wow, of course, I just ran out of bandaids in my first aid kit! I'm sure it will fit in a box with books." ...and my order almost always ends up being at least $20 more than is required for free shipping... haha. All of this product networking is mixed potently with big declarations about how much you're saving off of the list price, 'friendly' messages like "get yourself a little something", and reminders of materialistic holidays where you're socially obligated to buy things for relatives and co-workers that they probably don't want or need.


SoldierSangria wrote:

1) You don't leave your house, so there is no need to be presentable

2) No one sees the weird shit you buy

3) Repeat number 2


Oh, and this. :)

Also, when I'm ordering stuff, I find there's always this feeling of a need to make the order as 'complete' as possible for whatever reasons, including:
-- It being an investment of my time to make and wait for an order, so I slave over trying to make it some unknowable kind of complete, 'perfect' order. An order in which everything complements everything else and is able to be shipped at the same time from the same warehouse and is a decent amount off full list price. An order in which I am missing nothing, and everything fits in the sizes of boxes I know that they have as easily as possible to prevent bashed-up books. An order in which [verbosity limit exceeded, extraneous examples canceled] (An effort which often ends up with me pointlessly wasting a lot of my time and giving myself a headache. Borderline OCD right there.)
-- Knowing I'll want to read the next volume of something immediately, so I load up the cart with one or two (or three) other volumes of the series... or something else by the same author. Or something else in a similar vein as what that author produced. Or - -
-- Being out of some trivial household item, and not wanting to make an outing out of going all the way out to the store and having to make eye contact with cashiers just for that.
-- Trying to time multiple preorders of things to get free shipping.
-- Thinking that going $20 overbudget isn't really a problem. Every time.
...and so on...

tl;dr:
Uh... long story short, I think it's addicting first and foremost because of marketing, and within that, because of human nature.
Faced with too much cool, cheap stuff which is all too convenient and mind-numbingly easy to buy, our inner monkey-like minds just can't resist getting more stuff.

At the risk of going on even further and constructing a wall of text on par with Hadrian's wall that no one in their right mind wants to read, in this talk about "stuff" I can't help being reminded of George Carlin's "Stuff" routine.


Yeah I can understand the concepts why, it's just really annoying at times... That explanation though, you have my like.
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Sorry, I kind of went into lecture mode there again... Glad to know it was entertaining at least. :)
To more directly answer the original post: I find shopping on Amazon to be really addictive, too, and I think having any kind of OCD nature just naturally makes it way worse. I go there for one or two things and come out of it with a huge heavy box set to arrive at my door.
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Posted 6/20/14
It's all fun in games until you release you spent your entire paycheck on useless shit you don't need
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Posted 6/20/14 , edited 9/11/14
Free 2 day shipping no matter the cost and weight is very nice. I bought two monitors there recently. Another site actually had a cheaper price but when I added them to the cart and tried to check out it was more expensive due to shipping. Did the same thing on Amazon and only was charged tax with a two-day guarantee on shipping. The only problem I have with Amazon is people who sell stuff and send you the wrong item expecting you to pay to ship it back. This one guy shipped me Steins;Gate Season 1 Part 2 I think when I ordered Bamboo Blade and asked me to ship the DVD back to him and he will send my original order. I told him "...no... you will have to ship my original item unless you want to be reported to Amazon and send me a shipping label to ship this DVD back to you if you want it." He one-day shipped me my item and never asked for his other DVD back. My guess is because he lives in Canada he doesn't want to pay to ship it from US --> Canada. I contacted Amazon and they said it is mine after 30 days of the seller not responding to my inquiry of wanting to ship it back to him.

Long story short: Amazon is mostly on the buyer's side and that is nice.
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Posted 6/20/14
I find online shopping in general to be addicting. Not just Amazon, but several other places.
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Posted 6/20/14 , edited 6/20/14
A) it's easy to find stuff
B) it's like shopping at the mall that sells everything - (people+driving)
C) It only has everything!
D) Because some stuff in my area is known to have jacked up prices (yes I'm looking at you cellphone carriers. $100 for a phone cable and one battery that may or may not work. On the other hand, paid $65 for 3 cables, triple cell charger pack, 2 cell batteries + charger, and a 2 usb slot charger from Anker that delivers by Amazon, providing free shipping. I think we know which one I went with.)
E) Free shipping to your doorstep, sometimes.
F) User review with product experience. Can't get that at a store.

Now, I don't crazy buying from Amazon everyday, but if I need something and I see that it's a high price in the stores, I hit up Amazon on my phone, check out the items, and order it when I get home to my pc.
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Posted 7/3/14
I don't know about shopping on Amazon being addicting but I know if you have a record player. Discogs can be addictive.
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ZodiacA17 wrote:

I go to amazon, occasionally, for products X and Y (examples, variables.) However, I always seem to find a way,or feel I need to then get product Z, and maybe A, B, and C also... Does this happen to others? Often? Or is it just an addictive/OCD nature like the one I have?


Is it because you have a high budget?

That gun you have looks expensive.
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