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Title: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: K2OWK on October 07, 2012, 10:30:11 PM
I am not sure that this is the right Forum, but I would like to let the Ham Community know that Amazon has a fair amount of Ham Radio equipment for sale on there web site, including the Boafang HT for less then $50. They have different antennas and such. They have a good reputation. I have bought many items from them and was never disappointed. Just thought I would mention them as another source of Ham Equipment.

73s

K2OWK


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: KU4UV on October 08, 2012, 01:59:32 PM
I actually work in the picking department for Amazon.com in one of their Fulfillment centers, picking customer orders.  Yes, we do carry quite a few ham and shortwave radios.  The 10% employee discount I receive always helps whenever I see something that catches my eye.


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: AC4RD on October 09, 2012, 09:07:13 AM
I actually work in the picking department for Amazon.com ...

I bet that's interesting!  I've ordered a handful of ham-related books through Amazon.  (And a LOT of non-ham stuff.)  There's a thread elsewhere on eham about how bad Radio Shack is these days, but with online competition, it shouldn't be a surprise.  With Amazon, you've got a great selection, good online shopping system, great prices, fast shipping, and a fantastic return policy.  What's not to love?

I've got a family owned hardware store near me, and I buy ALL my hardware there--I want them to stay in business forever.  Same for books I can pick up at the non-chain bookstore a few miles from me.  But for stuff that has to be ordered, Amazon is great--and I've been using it at least a dozen years now.



Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: NK7Z on October 09, 2012, 09:53:34 AM
I also buy from Amazon a lot...  So far there has never been a picking order issue, THANK YOU!


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: KE5JPP on October 09, 2012, 10:16:48 AM
I signed up for Amazon Prime a couple of years ago and it has paid for itself 10x over.  For Amazon Prime eligible items you get free second day shipping or $3.99/item next day shipping.  I, too, have purchased many ham radio and electronic related items from Amazon and I am a very satisfied customer.  If you buy more than a couple items a year, do look into Amazon Prime membership.  It will save you a lot on shipping in the long run.

Gene


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: KU4UV on October 09, 2012, 05:03:10 PM
We are a company that is definitely constantly growing and moving.  We are approaching our "peak" season where we gear up for the Christmas orders.  We will be very busy from about the beginning of November until the first few weeks of January.  It is insanity squared during peak, but also a good opportunity to make a lot of money from overtime.  We are not allowed to use any vacation time from about November 24-December 26, it has to be personal time only.  We are not supposed to work over 50 hours per week without supervisor approval, but we can work 60 hours during the peak season.  One of the neat parts of my job is getting to see new items, such as books and DVD's, before they can legally be released for sale on the street.  You name it, I've seen it.  There are things we sell that I wish we didn't, but to each his own as they say.  I haven't seen a great deal of ham transceivers where I work, short of the China models that have already been mentioned.  We do carry a lot of the shortwave radios and scanners that are sold by some of the ham outlets.  We carry VHF marine radios by companies like Icom, Yaesu, Cobra, and Uniden.  I just always try to remember that there is a customer on the other end of what I am picking.  I always try to handle every item as if I were the person on the receiving end of the order.  We are definitetly a "customer centric" company.  There are many changes I would make on the employment end that I won't get into on the forum.

73,
KU4UV


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: KC0KEK on October 10, 2012, 10:27:57 AM
I've purchased several ARRL books from Amazon, as well as each new edition of the World Radio TV Handbook.


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: NK7Z on November 02, 2012, 07:38:28 AM
Amazon's prices seem about 5% higher than other stores for the same item...  If you have Amazon prime, then the costs are a bit better.

73's
Dave


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: KC0KEK on November 02, 2012, 07:53:58 AM
Amazon's prices seem about 5% higher than other stores for the same item.

The trick is to put a book in your cart and then leave it there for a few weeks or longer. Typically prices fluctuate significantly over the course of a few days or even 24 hours. For example, sometimes a discount will be 25 percent one day and then 35 percent the next.


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: NK7Z on November 02, 2012, 08:01:52 AM
Amazon's prices seem about 5% higher than other stores for the same item.

The trick is to put a book in your cart and then leave it there for a few weeks or longer. Typically prices fluctuate significantly over the course of a few days or even 24 hours. For example, sometimes a discount will be 25 percent one day and then 35 percent the next.

Do you need to check often, or will the lower price stick?


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: KC0KEK on November 02, 2012, 08:36:01 AM
Do you need to check often, or will the lower price stick?

It depends on whether the book has published. For example, I preordered the 2013 WRTH, and if the price has declined at the time it's ready to ship, then I automatically get the lower price. But if the book has already published, then you need to place the order as soon as it hits the price you're willing to pay because that price won't stick.

Having Prime is helpful because it gives you more flexibility. Suppose that you wanted to order the ARRL Operating Manual, and you find that it's suddenly discounted to $19.99. If you don't have Prime, you'd have to either pay a few bucks for shipping or try to find enough other products to get your order over $25, where free shipping kicks in. But with Prime, you get free shipping at any price. The only catch is that the book or product must be Prime-eligible. Many radio books are, in my experience.

Hope that helps.


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: NK7Z on November 02, 2012, 09:47:29 AM
It does, and thank you!


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: AD6KA on November 02, 2012, 12:24:30 PM
I love Amazon and have never had a problem
with billing or receiving any purchases.
At Amazon I was even able to find some
long discontinued "Bulldog" type breakers
for my home's ancient breaker box.
(I have since completely replaced that
box with a brand new modern one, but
finding those "Bulldogs" at a reasonable
price was not easy till Amazon!) :D

73, Ken  AD6KA


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: KC4MOP on November 03, 2012, 05:03:43 AM
I remember not too long ago that Amazon was about buying books online. Now it is anything you can think of. I really like the MP3 department and ability to legally download just about any music that has ever been released. And I can move the music to any computer without restrictions. Prices are sometimes higher. It seems to be a game I have to play to go to Amazon or eBay.
Fred


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: KD0REQ on November 03, 2012, 10:26:42 AM
Not all merch on Amazon is under their control, there are a lot of individual marketers that use Amazon as their front door.  like eBay but a little better control IMPHO.  I have not had a claim, or noticed any major discreptancy between ordering from an Amazon corporation warehouse and an affiliate.

I suspect they do a better job of policing the fringe elements off their site than, ahhh, others.


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: AD5X on November 03, 2012, 11:23:43 AM
Amazon seems to be a place for ordering illegal RM Italy amplifiers.

Other than that, I do order a lot from them.

Phil - AD5X


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: KC0KEK on November 03, 2012, 03:02:12 PM
It's probably only a matter of time before Amazon makes one or more Kindle models available for free to Prime members because they'll recoup the subsidy through sales of digital media.


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: KC4MOP on November 24, 2012, 03:03:30 AM
Amazon seems to be a place for ordering illegal RM Italy amplifiers.

Other than that, I do order a lot from them.

Phil - AD5X
I don't want to go too much too much off topic, but I'm surprised to read that the RM Italy amps are illegal?? They look like a nice product. They have never been type accepted by the FCC?
Maybe PM me on the amps. I have one for 10M.


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: N0YXB on November 25, 2012, 08:49:29 AM
Amazon seems to be a place for ordering illegal RM Italy amplifiers.

Other than that, I do order a lot from them.

Phil - AD5X
I don't want to go too much too much off topic, but I'm surprised to read that the RM Italy amps are illegal?? They look like a nice product. They have never been type accepted by the FCC?
Maybe PM me on the amps. I have one for 10M.

Google "RM Amplifiers" or look through the many posts about these amps in eHAM and you will understand...    :-\


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: K2FOX on November 27, 2012, 01:48:05 PM
I actually work in the picking department for Amazon.com in one of their Fulfillment centers, picking customer orders.  Yes, we do carry quite a few ham and shortwave radios.  The 10% employee discount I receive always helps whenever I see something that catches my eye.


Hi Michael, I also work for Amazon (PHL1) in th I.T. department. Currently out on LOA, This would have been my 12th PEAK, gonna miss it this year. What FC do you work in?

I too have purchased many HAM items from Amazon, between the already low prices and free shipping, PLUS the Emp Disc I'd be stupid not to.

-Jay




Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: KD8MJR on December 10, 2012, 11:26:24 AM
Amazon Prime is great if you buy a LOT of stuff but it's not good if your just making a couple dozen orders per year.
They make their money on the people who under utilise it, so make sure you are a heavy shopper before enlisting.


Title: RE: Amazon.com and Ham Radio
Post by: N4IAG on December 10, 2012, 07:30:49 PM
Amazon Prime is great if you buy a LOT of stuff but it's not good if your just making a couple dozen orders per year.
They make their money on the people who under utilise it, so make sure you are a heavy shopper before enlisting.


There's more to Amazon Prime than free shipping. My wife gets lots of streaming TV shows and movies, plus free books with Prime, on her Kindle fire. And I have the Amazon Instant Video app on an iPad that gives me the same goodies. Plus with the free 2-day shipping, it's a good deal for us.

But you're right, if you only use it for free shipping, and don't order much, it's not such a good deal. Though with high shipping costs for 2-day shipping, you don't really have to be a heavy shopper to recoup your $79.