When the book Freakonomics first came out, it set out to turn the study of economics on its head. Authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner posed questions such as, “which is more dangerous? A gun, or a swimming pool?” “What do school teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?” “Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?” “How much do parents really matter?” The authors set out to try and show that at the heart of it all, economics is how people get what they want, or need, particularly when other people want, or need the same thing.
That said, if you have not yet had a chance to read this series, be it due to price or any other number of factors, there is currently a great deal on the book for $1.99 on Amazon for the revised and expanded edition!
If you have always wanted to shop at Amazon, but have been hesitant to due to the need to use a credit or debit card, yesterday the company announced a new way you can shop on their site with Amazon Cash. The new service will give consumers a chance to add cash to their Amazon.com balance via showing a barcode at a participating retailer, then having that cash immediately applied to their Amazon account. Amazon says that you can add any amount between $15 and $500.
Despite Samsung having recently updated their Galaxy smartphone lineup and Apple’s rumored “iPhone 8” more than likely on the way this fall, there are still plenty of other smartphones out there. If you are in the market for a new phone, Amazon has some great deals today and tomorrow only on smartphones from makers Sony, Lenovo, Asus and more. What is great is these phones come unlocked, so they should work on any carrier.
While Amazon already makes it easy to order millions of products seamlessly and quickly, their Dash Button makes it even easier to order products in the blink of an eye. Think putting the Tide button near your laundry supply for when you run out, etc.
Normally the buttons can cost $4.99 and come with a resulting $4.99 credit after using them for the first time. Also note you do need to have a Prime membership in order to buy these buttons. Not a Prime member yet? You can sign up for a trial first to see if it would even be of interest to you.
In recognition of the Dash button’s second birthday, Amazon is running the below promotion:
Buy a Dash button for free or for $.99 with promo code: DASHBDAY
Still get the $4.99 credit after first use
But if you choose no-rush shipping, you’ll receive another $1 in credit toward your next purchase or rental of select Amazon Video, digital music, eBooks, apps, digital video games or digital software.
While most Dash buttons usually cost $4.99, however there are some that only cost $3.99 and will wind up being free after the promo code is utilized.
Note that the offer is only valid from March 31 through April 7, you are limited to a maximum of 3 buttons and the $4.99 credit will only hit your account after you press the button for the first time.
You always knew you could find just about anything from A to Z with Amazon, and you can’t beat the convenience of their 2 day free shipping with a Prime membership. But did you know that you can also book home services as well for an extra little bit of time savings and help around the house? I wanted to share a deal with readers in that from now until 11:59PM PT on March 31, you can save an additional $30 off of home services.
Terms and Conditions include:
Offer valid in eligible zip codes until 11:59 p.m. (PT) on March 31, 2017, or while supplies last.
Discount will be applied at checkout.
Promotion applicable only to items sold and shipped by Amazon.
Customer must complete check out with their preferred grill and the accompanying assembly service by 11:59 p.m. (PT) on March 31, 2017.
The service must be scheduled and completed within 90 days of purchase.
Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time.
Service prices are subject to change.
Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold.
Offer may not be combined with other offers.
Void where prohibited.
If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.
So if you have a list of projects you have been meaning to get to this spring, but don’t think you’ll have the time, then this could be a worthwhile promotion to look into to save time, money and perhaps a little grunt work.
To celebrate their #1 ranking on the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), today only, March 16, Amazon is donating 5% (10 times their usual donation rate) of the purchase price of eligible products you buy at AmazonSmile. It’s the same shopping experience as what you get normally on the site, but the difference instead is that each purchase you make can help to support a charity of your choice. To date, the company says that they have donated over $46 million. At a time when many non profits and charities aren’t sure of what funds and funding they may receive down the road, now is the chance to make a pretty good impact!
Then in other news, according to VentureBeat, starting today, and soon to all iPhone users next week, you will be able to talk to Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa while using the Amazon app. Of course, the AI assistant will be able to assist you with your shopping and tracking of those Amazon Prime orders, but it can also mimic many of the things a regular Alexa unit like the Echo can already do, such as tell jokes, provide updates about the weather, play music, control your Smart Home devices and more.
Wonder how Siri will feel about this?
UPDATE: While the Smile promotion may have ended, we here at Script-Notes would like to encourage you to still consider going this method when making purchases. Charities can always use revenue for their causes!