Originally Posted by otc
Does the "auto rip" deal apply to used sales?
If you buy a new CD from amazon, you automatically get the mp3 version in your amazon cloud drive/player (and you can download any time). They even went through my purchase history and stocked me up on mp3s from albums I had bought years ago.
Obviously, you can just rip the disk yourself, but the amazon version is guaranteed to be a clean rip and it saves you the effort. Would be cool if I could buy used albums for around the same price as mp3 albums but still get a copy of the disc.
Nah, no AutoRip for used stuff.
I think AutoRip is fantastic, and it's a great idea given it means I get the music instantly (and can stream it on my phone). However, I rip to a lossless format, so a clean mp3 rip is of limited use for me. I sometimes go back and forth over whether to pay a little more for new with AutoRip over used, but, unless the price difference is tiny, I almost always go used when there's a good copy, especially if the used copy is both the cheapest available and eligible for Prime.
Originally Posted by lawyerdad
I'm pretty sure it doesn't. For one thing, when you buy used CDs or books through Amazon you're not really buying them from Amazon. They're just a portal/fulfillment service for the actual sellers (often used book/music shops or even Goodwill stores).
That said, I'm with Mr. G on this. It's pretty awesome. It works well with Prime, although I assume, G, that you're not actually under the impression that your prime membereally
is really getting you free shipping from these third-party sellers. If you compare prices from various sellers, it's pretty clear that the ones who ship through the Prime program price their stuff at: [price + shipping for item in comparable condition at a non-Prime seller] - [a few cents]. For example, lots of used CDs and books are available for, say, $3.79 from a Prime seller or $.01 plus $3.99 shipping from non-Prime sellers.
Oh yeah, I always check the prices, and I'll only buy stuff that's very good or better quality and
cheaper than new. I look at total cost, not just item cost when I decide. I know using Prime technically means I'm paying shipping cost in the price of the item, rather than as a discrete charge, but the bottom line is what matters to me. Plus, with Prime I know I'll get it faster.
Surprisingly, at least recently, Prime items have actually generally been the way to go, even used. Owing to the gift card I received, I've bought about half a dozen used CDs this week, and all but one of the six was cheapest through a seller associated with Prime.