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I buy roughly $200-$500 monthly from Amazon, but it seems they are taking longer and longer before they even ship the product.  Why should I wait 10 days before they even ship the product?  So, I'm putting out a call to everyone, is there another company (that carries nearly everything like Amazon), that I could try?

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Are you a "Prime" member?  It seems like you get faster service if you are.  I'm not, but I have a family member that is.  When my brother orders from Amazon, he usually gets whatever it is the next day.  For me, I usually have to wait several days, up to a week. 

As for alternatives, I can't think of any that sell "everything".  But I do prefer to buy categories of goods from other places.  For example, car parts I get from RockAuto.com instead of Amazon because I trust them and the quality of parts seems higher even if the cost to ship is a bit higher.  Computer parts come from Newegg.com, again -- I trust them more and the selection is better.  Books, I always look at Thriftbooks.com first. 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, RickR said:

Are you a "Prime" member?  It seems like you get faster service if you are.  I'm not, but I have a family member that is.  When my brother orders from Amazon, he usually gets whatever it is the next day.  For me, I usually have to wait several days, up to a week. 

As for alternatives, I can't think of any that sell "everything".  But I do prefer to buy categories of goods from other places.  For example, car parts I get from RockAuto.com instead of Amazon because I trust them and the quality of parts seems higher even if the cost to ship is a bit higher.  Computer parts come from Newegg.com, again -- I trust them more and the selection is better.  Books, I always look at Thriftbooks.com first. 

 

Yeah, that's another problem I have with Amazon, I am a prime member but it doesn't seem to matter on delivery times.  Once they ship, it gets here in 2,3,4, or 5 days, but they take their sweet time getting around to shipping.   For instance I recently purchased an item from them and it said on the screen, order in the next 2 hours for free next day shipping... but the next day I logged in and the date was changed.  I'm going to start taking screen grabs, maybe someday I'll make a video about their deceptive marketing tactics.

I originally chose Amazon because I didn't have to put my card out there on multiple sites and could easily click a button to order and be done with it and then pay everything off in one go at the end of the month.  But lately I cannot count on items in a timely fashion.

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I'm not a prime member, but Amazon has one of their very large distro warehouses just a hour or so from where I live. There is also another large distro facility in a suburb town right next to my city.

Point is, I just placed an order for some things middle of last week, and they all arrived Saturday just 3 days later. Because of similar experiences like this in the past, I've not really seen the need to become a prime member LOL! 

 

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I'm never going to defend Amazon in any way, as I think it's shameful how they treat employees (meat grinder).  But I suspect it's the pandemic and shortage of workers and overwhelming demand.  I work from home, and I see more Amazon trucks in the neighborhood than ever before.  Crazy crazy times we live in. 

 

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I am a Prime member and I live in Miami.  I don't usually have any trouble getting stuff that I order pretty quickly.  I have hardly had any issues when ordering from Amazon.  I do get my money's worth from them.

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Did I ever tell you the story about me buying the Jaguar GameDrive?  You have to wait forever and then jump on it when stock becomes available.  And I don't remember the price, but it's somewhere near $200.  Anyway, I ordered one, and it got LOST IN THE MAIL just like this.  The point being, stuff happens.  It's no big deal unless we're talking prescription drugs or something. 

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