Lessons Learned

It went like this:

Back when the Bruce Dickinson book (What Does This Button Do?) and the Iron Maiden live album (Book Of Souls: Live Chapter) were announced, I excitedly put them both on pre-order from Amazon. The book was due out October 31, and the album November 17. By adding both to the pre-order I got free shipping. Actually, just the CD set was enough for free shipping, at their prices. More on that in a minute.

Unfortunately, Amazon was going to hold onto my book from October 31 until November 17 in order to ship both together to give me the free shipping. I even called them to see if they’d ship the book seperately – they would, for shipping fees… Well, no way was I gonna pay shipping, nor was I gonna wait three weeks for the book and CD to ship together. So I cancelled the book portion of the order and got a copy (even before Amazon’s date!) at my local shite mall book shoppe. In my small town. C’mon, Amazon.

On Friday (Nov 17) I got notice that my Book Of Souls live album had shipped. It did not arrive Friday. It did not arrive Saturday (today, as I post this). Which means I could just have gone to Sunrise at our shite mall on Friday and bought the damn live album myself (probably cheaper) because now I gotta wait until Monday for it (at least, it had better bloody well arrive on Monday or I’m gonna yell). Plus, Amazon charged me over $40 for the deluxe set, and I see secondary sellers have it at $27 plus minimal shipping.

Lessons Learned:

I didn’t need to pre-order either item.

I should have seen the free shipping issue coming.

If I’d waited, I could have had the CDs cheaper.

Gah.

34 thoughts on “Lessons Learned

  1. J. says:

    Amazon here isn’t much better. The only benefit I’ve gotten from pre-ordering has been on the price. But that’s only occasional, as the difference has been minimal so I’ve just cancelled (as it often hasn’t shipped yet) and snagged it at the local record store on the day. In fact, I got a shock on Friday when my Causa Sui album arrived!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Price was definitely a factor on this Maiden set. It was $44 on pre-order, and our Sunrise shoppe was $60. Yeesh.

      I saw that Causa Sui in your post. That Hubner guy is always on about them too… it’s spreading! 🙂

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              1. J. says:

                Usually reasonably priced… though I guess if they sell out you’ll be looking at more. The label is special also… they really make effort with the releases.

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  2. mikeladano says:

    I think you still did OK. The deluxe was $60 at my Sunrise which is too much for me. Jen got me the regular CD. If I had pre-ordered the deluxe it would have been $45. I would have preferred the deluxe, but not at $60 when Amazon has it for $45. But I had to choose if I wanted it that night or not and so it goes!

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      1. mikeladano says:

        You know, I would consider it, but the jewel case booklet is nice and full of great photos, so I’ve decided I’ll stick with it. Good on Maiden though for the design of the deluxe, for the Book of Souls – both chapters!

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Fair enough. I saw the regular CD-size set even in Wally World this weekend. Definitely a better price! Will remain to be seen if the packaging on the same 2CD set as a deluxe is worth the extra dollars.

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  3. deKE says:

    Yeah that sucks! Sit tight chap it shall show….
    I ordered from Chapters/Indigno both the Bruce and Bon Scott book!
    The Bruce book said I would have it by Oct 31st and the Bon book by Nov 7th.
    Both books were at my house by Oct 25th…
    Good service from them….
    Amazon i have not ordered anything for a while….

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          That’s awesome. I wonder if it’s cheaper to have them bring it into our Coles in our shite little mall than delivery to the house, if there were shipping charges involved…

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            1. keepsmealive says:

              For sure. Whatever the case, it’s good to have options! And after this wee debacle, I’d say my option is to wait for release date and just go buy the damn things in person. Or order after release date and ship normally. The pre-order thing was a bit of a fail this time!

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  4. 2loud2oldmusic says:

    That sucks! We have an Amazon fulfillment center about 30 miles from the house and we have never had an issue thankfully. Plus, ours delivers on Sunday as I have a CD coming today.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Damn, that must be nice! There was talk of a fulfillment center coming to Canada, but it likely won’t be that close to my house! Sunday delivery would also be brilliant… it’d mean I got Maiden TODAY! It’s unlikely, though…

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  5. 80smetalman says:

    That is a good lesson to learn. I don’t use Amazon much but will be using them less now. However, to my knowledge, it is the only place where you can still buy my book Rock and Roll Children.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      As I was saying to jprobichaud, I think they’re still fine for general orders and getting the job done, so they’ll be OK for general things. But pre-ordering didn’t work out so well for me, this time, especially on the timing for delivery of the Book Of Souls live set with new releases on Fridays now instead of Tuesday…

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  6. Zack says:

    I’ve been looking around for a new laptop and my girlfriend suggested I check Amazon.
    Nah. I’m seeing better deals all over.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      I haven’t ever looked at buying a computer from them. It surprises me that they don’t have decent affordable options.

      Mind you, I was looking at guitar amps (because of course I was looking at amps) and they were $100 more for one amp than our local guitar shop’s site…

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  7. jprobichaud says:

    I gotta say. Amazon is becoming less and less reliable. I’ve been holding off on preordering certain things because I know I can get them faster by going to the local indie stores.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Well, I think they’re still fairly reliable in terms of getting the job done, but the pre-ordering thing isn’t much of an advantage… unless you pre-order at a price and then on release date the price is higher, you still get the lower price from your early order. But I think for something like these two items, of which there will surely be millions of copies everywhere, pre-ordering wasn’t really necessary!

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      1. jprobichaud says:

        I’ve got some sad stories of my own that I’ll share at some point, I’m sure. I still use them but would prefer to go to physical locations more and more.

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