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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
Check it out:

http://www.slate.com/id/2156900/

Might be particularly helpful this time of year. Anyone know about this/tried it?

Never heard of it, but I do notice that if you find a lower price on, say, a book on another website, and go to Amazon's website after the competitiors', the price of that book mysteriously drops on Amazon.
 

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Originally Posted by StevenRocks
Never heard of it, but I do notice that if you find a lower price on, say, a book on another website, and go to Amazon's website after the competitiors', the price of that book mysteriously drops on Amazon.
IIRC you can also inform Amazon.com via a link if a product is cheaper elsewhere.
 

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A bit of a thread diversion, although hopefully not an outright hijack:
I recently learned about this (I don't think I learned it here, but if I did I apologize for the redundancy).
You know those automated Coinstar machines they have in supermarkets and whatnot where you can dump in your accumulated change and get a voucher for store credit (with the coin-counters taking a hefty bit of something like 9.5%)? At some locations (including CVS drugstores in my area) the next-generation Coinstar machines will convert your change into an e-certificate usable at Amazon, Borders, Circuit City, or some other places for the full value of the coins, without a service fee. (There's also a function that allows you to make charitable donations of the money without -- afaik -- a service fee if you're so inclined).
Pretty cool if like me you tend to have tons of loose change piling up in drawers because you're too lazy to roll them and too cheap to take the 9% hit when grocery shopping. When I was a kid they had a machine in the bank that would count your unrolled coins and credit them to your savings account. In recent years, the only comparable thing I've seen was when the Washington Mutual branch near us had a Coinstar machine that would do that (but with the hefty fee deducted). You can also haul a sock full of coins to Vegas and get it processed for free at the casinos, but my Vegas trips are few and far between these days.
Anyway, I hope others find this useful. I emptied out one of the drawers in my office where I dump loose change from my pockets and took the coins to CVS - the machine was easy to use, and I went home and bought myself some books and CD's I'd had on my "wish list" for a while, with some credit left over. (Amazon lets you keep an accumulated balance of unused credit in your Amazon account for something like two years, so it's not like you have to immediately spend it or use it. I haven't tried doing this with any of the other retailers, but I would imagine it works in similar fashion.)
 

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Originally Posted by lawyerdad
A bit of a thread diversion, although hopefully not an outright hijack:
I recently learned about this (I don't think I learned it here, but if I did I apologize for the redundancy).
You know those automated Coinstar machines they have in supermarkets and whatnot where you can dump in your accumulated change and get a voucher for store credit (with the coin-counters taking a hefty bit of something like 9.5%)? At some locations (including CVS drugstores in my area) the next-generation Coinstar machines will convert your change into an e-certificate usable at Amazon, Borders, Circuit City, or some other places for the full value of the coins, without a service fee. (There's also a function that allows you to make charitable donations of the money without -- afaik -- a service fee if you're so inclined).
Pretty cool if like me you tend to have tons of loose change piling up in drawers because you're too lazy to roll them and too cheap to take the 9% hit when grocery shopping. When I was a kid they had a machine in the bank that would count your unrolled coins and credit them to your savings account. In recent years, the only comparable thing I've seen was when the Washington Mutual branch near us had a Coinstar machine that would do that (but with the hefty fee deducted). You can also haul a sock full of coins to Vegas and get it processed for free at the casinos, but my Vegas trips are few and far between these days.
Anyway, I hope others find this useful. I emptied out one of the drawers in my office where I dump loose change from my pockets and took the coins to CVS - the machine was easy to use, and I went home and bought myself some books and CD's I'd had on my "wish list" for a while, with some credit left over. (Amazon lets you keep an accumulated balance of unused credit in your Amazon account for something like two years, so it's not like you have to immediately spend it or use it. I haven't tried doing this with any of the other retailers, but I would imagine it works in similar fashion.)


Thanks lawyerdad! Nice to get a confirmation of this; I noticed some advertisements for their Amazon.com GC conversion.
 

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Originally Posted by lawyerdad
A bit of a thread diversion, although hopefully not an outright hijack: I recently learned about this (I don't think I learned it here, but if I did I apologize for the redundancy). You know those automated Coinstar machines they have in supermarkets and whatnot where you can dump in your accumulated change and get a voucher for store credit (with the coin-counters taking a hefty bit of something like 9.5%)? At some locations (including CVS drugstores in my area) the next-generation Coinstar machines will convert your change into an e-certificate usable at Amazon, Borders, Circuit City, or some other places for the full value of the coins, without a service fee. (There's also a function that allows you to make charitable donations of the money without -- afaik -- a service fee if you're so inclined). Pretty cool if like me you tend to have tons of loose change piling up in drawers because you're too lazy to roll them and too cheap to take the 9% hit when grocery shopping. When I was a kid they had a machine in the bank that would count your unrolled coins and credit them to your savings account. In recent years, the only comparable thing I've seen was when the Washington Mutual branch near us had a Coinstar machine that would do that (but with the hefty fee deducted). You can also haul a sock full of coins to Vegas and get it processed for free at the casinos, but my Vegas trips are few and far between these days. Anyway, I hope others find this useful. I emptied out one of the drawers in my office where I dump loose change from my pockets and took the coins to CVS - the machine was easy to use, and I went home and bought myself some books and CD's I'd had on my "wish list" for a while, with some credit left over. (Amazon lets you keep an accumulated balance of unused credit in your Amazon account for something like two years, so it's not like you have to immediately spend it or use it. I haven't tried doing this with any of the other retailers, but I would imagine it works in similar fashion.)
Hi, Jack Commerce Bank doesn't charge a fee for their machines either (don't they broadcast those oh-so-charming-and-not-at-all-grating commercials with Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa in your area?) Do they have Commerce on the West Coast?
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Originally Posted by skalogre
Thanks lawyerdad! Nice to get a confirmation of this; I noticed some advertisements for their Amazon.com GC conversion.
NP. If you go to coinstar's website, you can do a zip code search that will tell you where there are machines in your area that can do the GC thing. Lot of places still have the older generation machines that afaik can't do this.
 

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Originally Posted by Quirk
Hi, Jack
Commerce Bank doesn't charge a fee for their machines either (don't they broadcast those oh-so-charming-and-not-at-all-grating commercials with Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa in your area?) Do they have Commerce on the West Coast?
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Jack's actually my grandfather, but close enough.
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No Commerce bank locations in CA, according to their website. I'm sure there are some banks that provide this as a courtesy service, but far fewer than used to be the case. I've been meaning to email a suggestion to ING, which is into the whole consumer-friendly image, that it's something they should offer in their bricks-and-mortar locations.
 

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