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Windows PC Crash

I'm using Amazon Streaming for the first time, and it crashes my Windows 7 PC. Whats up? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jun 20, 2016 - 6 answers

Captioning a video?

I would love to upload a video to Amazon's Direct Video service [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Jun 2, 2016 - 6 answers

Will downgrading my internet speed affect streaming video quality?

Considering downgrading my internet from 100 mbps down to 50 mbps. Will that affect how well video streams? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Apr 10, 2016 - 15 answers

What's the best way to sell a (somewhat) rare book?

According to some internet searching, a book I have in my possession is worth a few hundred dollars. I'm wondering what the best way to go about selling it is, given that my Ebay and Amazon seller accounts haven't been the most active.
posted by matkline on Mar 21, 2016 - 12 answers

Best snacks to buy in bulk on Amazon?

Bonus points for diet-friendly but all snacks welcome. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Mar 1, 2016 - 9 answers

How do I purchase Amazon Mom for my friend?

My friend is expecting her first baby soon (yay!) and I would love to get her and her husband an Amazon Mom account! How does that work? Is that the same thing as gifting an Amazon Prime account? Possibly relevant: we are in Canada. [more inside]
posted by tickingclock on Feb 24, 2016 - 5 answers

$2,004 shipping for a water bottle?

There's a company on Amazon charging $2,004 to ship a plastic water bottle. Is this a new scam? If so, how does it work? Is there more of this? [more inside]
posted by john m on Feb 16, 2016 - 9 answers

Is there a way to speed up play on Amazon Prime or Netflix?

I like watching documentaries, but most of them have agonizingly slow narration - is there a way (bonus points for doing so on a Roku) to speed up Amazon Prime or Netflix films? [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Jan 30, 2016 - 1 answer

Any hidden gems in Kindle Unlimited?

Hi, I'm a voracious reader in the midst of a 30-day trial for Kindle Unlimited (I'm thinking it probably isn't a keeper). It seems like lots of the books available are from self-published or otherwise obscure authors and don't have many reviews. Has anyone come across an obscure book on Kindle Unlimited that they'd recommend? I'm pretty genre agnostic (I'd rather read a good romance novel than a bad science fiction novel), though I'm not generally interested in urban fantasy.
posted by Area Man on Jan 29, 2016 - 14 answers

How to contact an Amazon Corporate buyer?

I work for an import agency. I'd like to sell electronic and textile products to Amazon. Any idea how to contact a corporate buyer?
posted by anonymous_account on Jan 20, 2016 - 2 answers

Amazon Prime question

I feel silly, but I can't seem to find an answer to this. I'm currently in a free trial for Prime for another week or so. We were probably going to cancel it, but there is a weekend offer that knocks a few bucks off the price and I'm reconsidering. However, as I'm already in the free trial, is there any way to get the lower price?
posted by PussKillian on Jan 15, 2016 - 5 answers

Best 2016 IPhone photo backup

Looking for the most reliable and easy to use automatic photo/video backup solution for iPhone. Contenders include Dropbox, Amazon, Flickr, icloud, Google, and probably others. We take tons of photos of the kidlet, and want to ensure they're backed up somewhere between syncing to the computer. Bonus points for a solution that can easily be imported to iPhoto for wife and Lightroom for me. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 15, 2016 - 7 answers

Dumb Amazon Affiliate question? Where is the short amazon URL?

I was listening to the Question of the Day podcast and heard them plugging their Amazon affiliate url: earwolf.com/amazon which redirects to a surprisingly short Amazon url... Did I miss that short Amazon url when I signed up as an affiliate? Does metafilter have a short amazon affiliate URL? Is it just amazon.com/?tag=metafilter-20 ...?
posted by mhh5 on Jan 7, 2016 - 2 answers

Switching from VPS to AWS, where to ask questions?

I am thinking about migrating my websites from a VPS server to Amazon's EC2 t2.small. I find the whole process a bit daunting and am looking for a good place to ask questions. Do you have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by blub on Jan 7, 2016 - 7 answers

Amazon Echo: yes or no?

I was given an Amazon Echo for Christmas. I'm trying to decide whether it makes sense to keep it or return it (for something as-yet-undetermined). Those of you with Echos: what am I missing? Is there some great application of it that I don't yet realize? [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse on Dec 30, 2015 - 14 answers

Need a techy gift. What was the best tech you got for Christmas?

I'm looking for a $0 - $100 or so techy gift for a friend. Amazon links are fabulous. Something you would give to someone that would make them say "Ooooh!" If there is something you got for Christmas that you give rave reviews, I'd love to hear about it. Thanks!
posted by cashman on Dec 29, 2015 - 17 answers

How to manage my kid's new Kindle

Help me think about the best way to manage my kid's new Kindle that he was gifted for the holidays? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Amazon Prime: Worth it?

Is there a way to find out if Amazon Prime is paying off for me? [more inside]
posted by Marky on Nov 11, 2015 - 17 answers

Can you tell if a USPS package is Priority just by its tracking number?

I ordered a textbook on Amazon from a non-Prime seller (none of the Prime sellers had it in stock) and specified "expedited" shipping. The seller provided a USPS tracking number, but the estimated shipping time is longer than I had expected. Is there any way to ensure that this package was shipped via Priority Mail?
posted by Seeking Direction on Oct 29, 2015 - 14 answers

Making dinner fast, three thousand miles away

My dear friend across the country is going through a difficult time, and I want to materialize on her doorstep a giant pile of components she can swiftly -- and I mean swiftly -- turn into dinner for herself and her eight-year-old. I'm thinking of good ramen-y things, canned fish, and more stuff I can get on Amazon (or similar) for her, and I'd love your suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Stevia Agave on Oct 21, 2015 - 23 answers

Anyone know where to buy Amazon returns directly from Amazon?

Hello, I am a newer reseller, I am looking to cut out my middle man. I also want to be the first to look at the returns. Right now, I go through a company that I believe goes through stuff before they box it up to resell from Amazon. [more inside]
posted by tricide on Sep 29, 2015 - 3 answers

Optimizing Amazon Video quality

I purchased a TV show from Amazon Video and paid extra for "HD" but the quality is awful. It looks like a web video circa 2009. Is there anything I can do to improve the quality? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Sep 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Honeymoon in January in Central/South America for animal lovers...

Overwhelmed by the options. Please halp! [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Sep 23, 2015 - 9 answers

Amazon not loading...

I looked at the previous questions about Amazon.com not loading and have tried everything I can think of to try and get it to work. I have flushed my dns cache, deleted my browsing history and cookies, disabled prefetching, and even restarted my router. I even made sure I was using the most up to date chrome. What gives? I am fairly competent with computers, but might need things spelled out for me. Any help would be very much appreciated! Thanks!!
posted by carnivoregiraffe on Sep 22, 2015 - 29 answers

reviews on Amazon in exchange for free/discounted products

Product reviews on Amazon reviews have been very helpful in choosing and researching options for everything from fish oil supplements for dogs to baby swaddles to windshield wiper blades. It's always been fairly easy to tell obviously fake reviews and mentally discount those from the bigger picture, or see the extreme highs and extreme lows offering a certain kind of perspective that may or may not apply to my own decisions. The Vine program was a bit annoying at first, but since the reviewers were generally chosen for writing helpful reports, their reviews were often quite helpful and contained information missing from the product descriptions. But recently it seems like there are SO many reviews by non-Vine folks who include a variation on the line, "I received this product at a discount in exchange for my writing a honest review." It is obvious why the manufacturers or distributors want to get more reviews, but does Amazon condone this kind of review? Why have they suddenly been popping up even more? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Sep 21, 2015 - 14 answers

Reporting potential mail fraud, if I was seemingly not the victim?

I received a sealed, empty, business-size envelope in the mail from a non-Googleable entity called "Buy3rzParadise" claiming to be located in the Galleria in Atlanta. It had a USPS First-Class Package sticker deliberately stuck onto it (with a tracking number, which says it was sent from Oakland) that says the "package" weighs 4oz. This seems like Amazon/ebay fraud, but I haven't ordered anything from Amazon/ebay that hasn't arrived. I've also only lived at this mailing address for a few months. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Sep 12, 2015 - 9 answers

What should I buy for $1.34 at Amazon?

I'm $1.34 away from qualifying for free shipping. What should I add to my cart? [more inside]
posted by mpark on Sep 11, 2015 - 16 answers

How does Kindle advertising work?

Why are the ads on my Kindle so completely off-base? I'm a BIG Amazon user. I buy tons of products of all sorts, many books, and many, many ebooks. So why does Amazon do such a terrible job of targeting ads to me via my Kindle? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Alternatives to Amazon

What are my options for more ethical alternatives to Amazon? [more inside]
posted by Sweetums on Aug 22, 2015 - 29 answers

Strategy games for the Kindle Tablet

What are your recommendations for strategy games for the Kindle Tablet?
posted by drezdn on Aug 14, 2015 - 2 answers

How Can I Avoid USPS When Shopping Online?

I quit Amazon because all my packages ship via USPS, either directly or FedEx SmartPost. Now I'm looking for online retailers who let me choose UPS or FedEx. Are there any? Also want to avoid SmartPost and its UPS equivalent. (Some merchants tell you a shipment will use FedEx/UPS but you find out after commiting the order that USPS handles the last mile. Right now I'm waiting on a SmartPost package turned over to USPS 150 miles from me and it will take 3 days to get it delivered from there.)
posted by justcorbly on Aug 11, 2015 - 15 answers

Best Kindle literary fiction under $2?

I'd like to stock up my Kindle relatively inexpensively (and am also a little overwhelmed by the phenomenal quantity of cheap public domain books available). What are the best works of literary fiction under $2 available for the Kindle? Preferences/requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Aug 6, 2015 - 21 answers

What are the weirdest foods on Amazon Prime?

What are the weirdest, strangest, wrongest edible items that I can order RIGHT NOW and have in two days via Amazon Prime? Gummi chicken feet is a good place to start.
posted by Faint of Butt on Jul 29, 2015 - 13 answers

Kindle vs. Kobo?

After spending a while researching Kindle vs. Kobo, I bought a Kindle Paperwhite. I've only had it for half a day and I'm starting to think I made the wrong choice. Help me figure out whether I should return the Paperwhite, whether I should buy the Kobo Glo, or whether I'm barking up the wrong tree entirely. [more inside]
posted by tapir-whorf on Jul 26, 2015 - 13 answers

Recommendation for a safety razor for leg-shaving?

If you're a woman and use a metal-handle, old-fashioned safety razor for shaving your legs, give me your recs! [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 20, 2015 - 11 answers

How raunchy is CATASTROPHE?

How raunchy is the new Amazon streaming show CATASTROPHE in terms of nudity, sex, language, etc.? I'm reading great things about it, but am wondering if it's something I would feel comfortable watching with my older teen boy. Reference point: we're watching Grace & Frankie now (great show btw!) and that's been ok for us to watch together...
posted by Ike_Arumba on Jun 21, 2015 - 5 answers

How can I promote my eCommerce website?

I have a site that I have started a few months ago. It is a site where I am selling random stuff right now and seeing what works. I have had some conversion from Reddit posts that got a few thousand hits so that seems to be helping but it is not always reliable since you never know what is going to go viral. Also, I'd like to open up more channels for selling. The problem is that acquiring visitors can be expensive. Does anyone know of any reasonably priced ways to generate good targeted traffic in 2015? I am not looking for SEO as an answer. I am interested in promoting the products on this site and getting conversions. I am still working on improving the site but I already know that it can convert at a reasonably good rate so my problem now is just acquiring visitors at a reasonable price.
posted by locussst on Jun 14, 2015 - 3 answers

Is the cloud the cloud?

Is there a reason for me to pay $11.99/year for 5GB of cloud storage on Amazon when 5GB of storage is free on iCloud? Is there something I'm missing?
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on May 4, 2015 - 12 answers

Is Kindle Unlimited worth it?

Mostly what it says on the tin. I read a lot, and I read almost everything on my kindle - I'm missing the part of my brain that makes people attached to print books. I'm curious if anyone has tried Kindle Unlimited, and if you liked it or felt it was worthwhile. Let's bracket for now any concerns about Amazon as a company and its effect on publishing/writing. I'm familiar with those arguments, and they'll factor separately into whether or not I decide to sign up. Thanks!
posted by Ragged Richard on Apr 23, 2015 - 20 answers

Book resources for someone learning to play the piano again.

Haven't played piano in over 20 years, although I was good at it at the time. Looking for recommendations of books to help me learn again. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Apr 19, 2015 - 3 answers

"Confessions of a ...?"

I'm a big fan of Kitchen Confidential and other "insider", confessional-type memoirs. After just finishing the rather disappointing Heads In Beds, I need recommendations for some really juicy tell-all memoirs about working in the service industry or pretty much anything interesting. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Apr 4, 2015 - 33 answers

How do I find out information on an Amazon seller?

I work at a small manufacturing company. A number of our products are being sold on Amazon at far below retail. If I can identify the customer who purchased them from us, I contact them and they raise the price. The problem is that I can't always match the Amazon seller to one of our customers. I've tried so many different ways and I'm stuck. ? [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Apr 1, 2015 - 7 answers

Novels with dead bodies shown on the cover, available on Amazon.

Please help me resolve an argument about what Amazon will and will not sell. Party A claims that Amazon will not sell any book with corpses shown on the cover art. Party B despairs of the work involved in a late change to their book's cover. My gut feeling is that this is a ludicrous exaggeration of their actual policy and that there should be plenty of blatant counterexamples, but it's not an easy thing to search for. That's where askmefi comes in. [more inside]
posted by Lorc on Mar 26, 2015 - 13 answers

Best of Netflix and Amazon Originals

Amazon and Netflix are now producing boatloads of original content. w00t! Cord cutters rejoice! I love that they are making all this content that cord cutters don't have to get locked out of. I really want to watch and support a lot of these shows. The only thing is, I get the feeling they are producing quantity a bit more than quality. Help me unearth the gems of Netflix and Amazon originals. [more inside]
posted by fx3000 on Mar 23, 2015 - 42 answers

Excellent mis-priced 99 cent albums in digital stores?

I love finding albums that digital music stores fail to price correctly. Some examples: Hildur Gudnadottir's Leyfdu ljosinu, James Blackshaw's Lost Prayers, a concert of In C, and the continuous mixes of Hernan Cattaneo's Balance 26). Do you know any great, bargain-basement priced esoteric albums for sale? Do you have a great system for finding them? Please reveal your secrets!
posted by Going To Maine on Mar 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Keeping your Kindle libraries separate

What are my options for Kindle privacy/separation of libraries? My father (who lives in another country) has a Kindle which is linked to my account. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Feb 7, 2015 - 3 answers

What's up with ecommerce these days?

This is obviously a big question to which I don't expect simple or succinct answers. But as I'm probably going to be doing some work soon for some fairly established hi-tech types (the focus of which will be some "disruptive" ecommerce solutions) I feel compelled to ask it. [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Jan 13, 2015 - 8 answers

Is there an app that will let you mirror an iphone screen?

Is there an app that will let you mirror an iPhone screen on a Kindle Fire? I swear I heard of one the other day but I can't for the life of me find it now.
posted by Drinky Die on Jan 3, 2015 - 2 answers

Data Scraping for Private Kindle Collection

I need some kind of script that can comb through my Amazon emails, extract the titles of books I have downloaded, then visit Amazon to create a database of titles, ISBNs, genres, blurbs, reader ratings and reviews for my collection of Kindle books. With a concordancer I can search through the resulting corpus of reviews to create my own annotated catalog. [more inside]
posted by juifenasie on Dec 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Amazon won't ship certain items to me in China.How do I get around that?

There are certain items I cannot buy in China. So I tend to use Amazon for cases like this. But there are some items they refuse to ship to me here. [more inside]
posted by krautland on Dec 20, 2014 - 8 answers

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