June 3rd, 2005
|09:18 pm - Special Gold Box price: $3.82 You save $0.12!|
For those unfamiliar, Amazon provides a service they call Gold Box () where every day you get the option of purchasing one of ten discounted items. The items are chosen based on what Amazon thinks you like, and you look at each item one at a time, choosing either to buy it or skip it. If you decide to skip an item you can't come back to it, and if you purchase something or go through all ten items, your Gold Box is becomes unavailable for another 24 hours. There are some more details and provisos, but that's the gist of it.
For a long time I was ignoring my Gold Box because it usually offered me kitchen appliances, but I check it out a couple of times a week now because these days the selections are closer to what I'd actually buy. Granted I've never purchased anything out of my Gold Box because it's generally full of H.P. Lovecraft collections and They Might Be Giants albums which I already own, but every once in awhile they throw something cool in there. I like having the chance to foolishly pass up the good stuff so that I can also pass up a Cuisinart.
Tonight, however, my Gold Box contained eight different no-frills editions of Night of the Living Dead, one $14 digital organizer (read: "calculator bundled with Post-It!™s"), and a spatula which had been reduced by twelve cents to a special Gold Box price of $3.82.
That's gotta be the loudest karmic "don't spend your money on crap!" message I've ever received.
I dunno, though. Even at the inflated price of $3.95 (+ $4.59 shipping, handling and inefficiency), that spatula is calling to me.
Current Mood: bored
Current Music: Lemon Demon -- Lemon Demon
Inspired by your post I signed in to Amazon and found their opening list of recommendations were mostly items I've already purchased through them. The Gold Box surprisingly contained a lot of items I was interested in: Down-tempo/Gothic music, comics and anime. But the reason I stopped checking it a while ago is, like you, they offered me household appliances and high-end electronics. I'm not buying anything tonite, but I may check back more often.
Yeah, as I said, I've had better luck with my Gold Box more recently, but when they're not offering me stuff I already have, it's expensive, hardcover books discounted less than a dollar from their cover price. They're usually books I'd consider buying though, and that's a good start.
Oh, unrelated, but I finally got around to watching that final episode of Max Headroom you burned for me. You may not recognize him immediately, but the actor who plays Loo (the main character from the A Fistful of Yen segment of Kentucky Fried Movie) is featured semi-prominently as a yes-man for the Zik Zak corporation.
Spatula City! (Spatula City!)
I figured that I would get beat to that joke.
"Spatula City. We sell spatulas... and that's all!"
I sent an email to Dick Dale about that music for DooM... he replied that he has infact done music for video games himself
Speaking of Amazon, I finally found the source recording
for 9 Beet Stretch there
. Note the "Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia."