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    Amazon and Your Home Economics



    Several news items regarding Amazon announced in the past two days offer you opportunities to save money.

    Amazon Dash Free to Prime Subscribers:

    Amazon has released the Dash Wand, a new Alexa-enabled device that can help you scan grocery barcodes, convert measurements, and order household essentials from Amazon just by using your voice. The Wi-Fi-enabled Dash Wand is magnetic, so you can stick it on your fridge, and also offers some of the features of its bigger Echo sibling, allowing you to find recipes and restaurants without using your hands.

    At a few inches long, and made out of white and black plastic, the Dash Wand looks like a refreshed version of the companyís original Dash devices. First released in 2014, those Dash also let you scan item barcodes or use voice controls to add products to your shopping cart, but forced you to check out via Amazonís site. They also had no Alexa access ó Amazonís assistant wasnít available to the public then ó and were only available to a limited number of existing AmazonFresh users. A second-generation version cost $49.99 and could add anything on Amazon to a shopping cart, but users still had to check out manually.

    The Dash Wand, on the other hand, lets you buy items directly, and is now available to all Amazon Prime subscribers in the United States. Itís priced at $20, but Amazon Prime subscribers who do pick one up will receive $20 back in their Amazon accounts, making the Dash Wand essentially a free purchase. Customers will theoretically then use that returned cash to buy things using their new Dash Wand, picking up paper towels, soap, and other household essentials by asking the device to order each one, rather than needing a more expensive Echo or an individual Dash button for each product. Buyers will also get a free 90-day trial of the AmazonFresh home grocery service.
    https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/15/1...h-wand-updated

    Get 2% or more back when you use the new Amazon debit card to pay for your purchases.

    https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/15/1...h-wand-updated

    Low-income customers can get Prime for 50% off the regular price.

    Low-Income Households can Signup on Amazon Prime for just $5.99/Month - Doctor Of Credit

    Do you have any tips for maximizing your Prime membership's value?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Several news items regarding Amazon announced in the past two days offer you opportunities to save money.
    Save money by spending money ... first world problems.
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    I just got the new Amazon Prime Credit Card, which (as a Prime member) nets me 5% back on Amazon purchases.

    It's weird, the card is noticeably heavier than my previous - and the paperwork cautioned against shredding the card because it contains metal. It's not the chip; my old card has a chip as well. Any idea why the new card is largely metal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Save money by spending money ... first world problems.
    Some enterprising young person could make a good living, tracking the various ways to maximize Amazon spending power and offering that data to me in a easy-to-follow magazine, or better yet, an app.

    And, just as Amazon is the monster that ate American retail, it is also the best new marketplace for young entrepreneurs. Right now is the best time for them to approach Amazon, which is willing to underwrite most of their costs of advertising and customer acquisition, if they like the product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    I just got the new Amazon Prime Credit Card, which (as a Prime member) nets me 5% back on Amazon purchases.

    It's weird, the card is noticeably heavier than my previous - and the paperwork cautioned against shredding the card because it contains metal. It's not the chip; my old card has a chip as well. Any idea why the new card is largely metal?
    Nope. Why does the card even exist, in physical form?

    That seems odd, since you will use it for e-commerce.

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    Because I like to witter time away, I usually spend an hour or so viewing Amazon's collection of sale items. This is my approach:

    Go to Today's Deals---->Outlet Deals--->vertical menu on left side---->choose Prime Eligible---->Discounts of 70$ or more----> Customer rating of 4 stars or better.

    Then scroll up, to the right and choose "Priced lowest to highest" drop the dropdown menu.

    Then scroll left, and choose the departments most likely to have merchandise you want, or if you are really bored, leave it set to all departments.

    I bought a $300 self-watering raised planter for my front porch this way, for less than $20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Nope. Why does the card even exist, in physical form?

    That seems odd, since you will use it for e-commerce.
    I use it for everything; restaurants, groceries, etc. The 5% cash-back benefit is for Amazon, but it nets lower percentage rewards for other purchases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Nope. Why does the card even exist, in physical form?

    That seems odd, since you will use it for e-commerce.
    You get 5% on amazon, 3% back for any other purchases. It is a unique card. THE number isn't even on the front
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sampson Simpson View Post
    You get 5% on amazon, 3% back for any other purchases. It is a unique card. THE number isn't even on the front
    Correct - though I'm told that's increasingly common. The number is printed on the back, and while the print is slightly raised, it doesn't seem like it would be compatible with the old ink-roller gadgets that get impressions of cards.

    And yeah, while the card is the same physical size as any other card, it clearly has more mass, and the fine print "Contains Metal DO NOT SHRED" printed in the corner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    I just got the new Amazon Prime Credit Card, which (as a Prime member) nets me 5% back on Amazon purchases.

    It's weird, the card is noticeably heavier than my previous - and the paperwork cautioned against shredding the card because it contains metal. It's not the chip; my old card has a chip as well. Any idea why the new card is largely metal?
    Simply for marketing reason.. to make you feel extra elite.

    Copied from initially the Black American Express card with no spending limit and high pre-requisites to even get it offered... more and more companies copy this "elite" card type.

    Metal credit cards: The latest American status symbol - MarketWatch
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