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Cyber Monday and Amazon's Online Dominance 174

sturgeon writes "A report out this morning pegs Amazon with a whopping 14% share of all daily Internet users — almost twice the nearest competitor (Ebay). And this number does not include all shopping sites absorbed by the growing Amazon empire. The original report has interesting graphics comparing Amazon to other retailers like Best Buy."
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Cyber Monday and Amazon's Online Dominance

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  • Fluff? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 26, 2012 @01:21PM (#42095269)

    Why not post interesting stuff. Amazon excels at what it does. If you don't want to buy from them, there is a whole world out there from which you can choose. They seem to play well with small businesses from what I see from their search engine. I hate talking to folks from India when I have a problem, but it does get resolved for the most part. They always seem to issue refunds and returns with me. A 'good' company.


  • by rtaylor ( 70602 ) on Monday November 26, 2012 @01:22PM (#42095283) Homepage

    but as an individual using a netbook

    You might not be the big spender they're targetting. They maximize for revenue, not for # of shoppers.

  • by Trepidity ( 597 ) <delirium-slashdot.hackish@org> on Monday November 26, 2012 @01:30PM (#42095375)

    Cyber Monday is about as much of a scam as Black Friday, and furthermore, using the prefix "cyber" in this sense is annoying unless you are in a 1980s novel.

  • Amazon vs Ebay (Score:5, Insightful)

    by EmperorOfCanada ( 1332175 ) on Monday November 26, 2012 @01:56PM (#42095663)
    I love the comparison of Amazon to Ebay's sales. The biggest complaint I regularly see about amazon is when they ship some tiny object in a giant box. (Which is can also be interpreted as Amazon trying really hard to make sure things aren't broken) whereas I read at least one complaint about ebay and or Paypal every day. Ebay has managed to anger the sellers by being totally one sided in disputes while at the same time they do little to clean up the listings to make ebay easy to use. If I want a part for an iPhone (say a new glass screen) I have to scroll through page after page of the same crap like cases and screen protectors. I want a raspberry pi yet it is just page after page of cases. They have no easy mechanism to clear out the crap. Basically all those cases are spam. I suspect that for any search that results in 1000 results that people are buying 4 or 5 of those results over and over and that they other 996 are just making people angry.

    The only thing that ebay has improved as far as I am concerned was when they allowed you to sort by lowest price plus shipping. This then eliminated those people who were selling the $20 item for $1 plus $19 shipping.

    Amazon has stumbled on a super secret business formula: treat the customer the way you would want to be treated. At least it seems to be secret as few other businesses appear to know about it especially ebay.
  • by interkin3tic ( 1469267 ) on Monday November 26, 2012 @02:01PM (#42095715)
    My love of steam has, if possible, increased because of this. They didn't call it cyber monday, they just had an autumn sale. And their sales are always real sales.
  • by Beyond_GoodandEvil ( 769135 ) on Monday November 26, 2012 @02:04PM (#42095761) Homepage
    YOU OWE USE TAX TO YOUR STATE even if sales tax was not collected at time of purchase -- so pay 'em already you fucking tax deadbeats.
    Why, b/c so govt. asshole decided to put his hand in my pocket? If I purchased an item that may have been subject to a tax(and let's get real there's plenty of tax holiday shenanigans an individual could run afoul of), why does the locality get any extra tax? The fuel that powered the truck that made the delivery was taxed, the income used to pay for the item was taxed(Assuming not living in NH, Florida etc). The land on which I will use the item was taxed, so why does the govt get another slice of the pie? Nevermind, the silliness of paying a use tax on a digital download. that has contributed to budget messes for many states?
    Sorry, you were looking for unsustainable pension funds and failure to recognize the conflict of interest inherent in collective bargaining of public sector unions. Just ask that rabid union buster FDR. "All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service."
  • by jedidiah ( 1196 ) on Monday November 26, 2012 @02:04PM (#42095763) Homepage

    They aren't snobs. They cater to a wide range of tastes and budgets. Your money is green enough for them even if you are running a netbook.

    This likely explains their dominance.

    It's Amazon, not Apple.

  • 1994 Called.... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Radak ( 126696 ) on Monday November 26, 2012 @02:09PM (#42095821) Journal

    ....they want that joke back.

  • by retchdog ( 1319261 ) on Monday November 26, 2012 @02:12PM (#42095851) Journal

    yeah, and? it's the "original price," not the "usual price." the original price is always the list price; that's normal, and list prices have been inflated so that they can be "discounted" for about a century now. nothing new here.

  • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) * on Monday November 26, 2012 @04:40PM (#42097519) Homepage Journal

    Please don't link to paywalled sites, especially when so many others aren't yet have the same content. []

  • by adolf ( 21054 ) <> on Monday November 26, 2012 @05:06PM (#42097965) Journal


    If Newegg doesn't like it, they can do the right thing and address their customer service and shipping issues.

    The mere fact that they have a useful search engine does not somehow automatically entitle them to my money, especially if they're going to be ball-dropping assholes about the rest of the process.

Experience varies directly with equipment ruined.