pucho812

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #20 on: May 22, 2020, 10:05:00 PM »
The plot thickens, got a 5th switch today in an  envelope. This time delivered usps. I didn’t pay for it. I paid for four and got four. So who knows.
You tell me whar a man gits his corn pone, en I'll tell you what his 'pinions is.


PRR

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2020, 01:49:08 AM »
> is it cheaper to do it this way?

Amazon plays major games with shipping. How can small bookshops sell books for a penny? Amazon gives them access to better shipping rates and then reimburses part of that. I have seen other $1 products sell for a nominal penny and a lower shipping cost than I can possibly get.

I think Amazon is strong-arming shippers (USPS, UPS) into carefully-worded bulk-deals and then abusing them to weaken the shippers and thus control them better (or take-over their businesses).

Amazon also plays games with Prime and with vendors. A book publisher I know says Amazon will order 13 books for fast delivery to a warehouse, then 3 days later another 9 books; then not list the item for two weeks. He thinks Amazon is moving inventory "near" all points in the US so that Prime customers get instant gratification.

Amazon is increasingly using "3rd party" shippers: guys with small trucks who slip past trucking and labor regulations.

Is it cheaper *today*? No, but Amazon has played the long-game before.

john12ax7

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2020, 02:10:08 AM »
Deep pockets allows you to lose money for customer acquisition.

There are also stories like this
https://theunionjournal.com/man-makes-money-buying-his-own-pizza-on-doordash-app/

abbey road d enfer

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2020, 02:12:01 AM »
Amazon is increasingly using "3rd party" shippers: guys with small trucks who slip past trucking and labor regulations.
Not only Amazon. I don't see the brown UPS truck anymore. It's a guy in his own van that does the last mile now. He likes working Sundays and late evening, cause less traffic.
Who's right or wrong is irrelevant. What matters is what's right or wrong.
Star ground is for electricians.

JohnRoberts

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2020, 10:13:37 AM »
Deep pockets allows you to lose money for customer acquisition.

There are also stories like this
https://theunionjournal.com/man-makes-money-buying-his-own-pizza-on-doordash-app/
This is called leaning out the window contests, you win when the other guy falls out of the window.

JR
Don't only half-ass tune your drums. Visit https://circularscience.com to hear what properly "cleared" drums sound like.

JohnRoberts

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #25 on: May 23, 2020, 10:21:21 AM »
Not only Amazon. I don't see the brown UPS truck anymore. It's a guy in his own van that does the last mile now. He likes working Sundays and late evening, cause less traffic.
Amazon has been investing in their own delivery service at least in cities.

Fedex has long used independent contractors for delivery, vs UPS that uses union workers.

I really hate the budget shipping service that UPS partnered with the post office for them to do last mile delivery. I live across the street from the post office and sometimes that can take an extra day, not to mention hassles over my street address when I try to place web orders, that USPS does not recognize (If I try to use my PO Box, UPS can not deliver to PO boxes, despite the fact that is literally what their new combo service is doing).

I recently got a package of seeds delivered using that UPS/USPS combo service. The seeds weighed a fraction of an ounce so they could have gotten by with one stamp on an envelope. I am sure UPS charged them more.

JR
Don't only half-ass tune your drums. Visit https://circularscience.com to hear what properly "cleared" drums sound like.

abbey road d enfer

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2020, 10:50:34 AM »
I recently got a package of seeds delivered using that UPS/USPS combo service. The seeds weighed a fraction of an ounce so they could have gotten by with one stamp on an envelope. I am sure UPS charged them more.
that's where the chinese are clever. I received many orders of IC's, caps, mill bits, screws, whatever, in simple plastic envelopes, very often free shipping. I know the chinese PO is subsidized by the industry, and it just makes sense.
Whilst our postal services try to make a fast buck, the chinese dig their furrow.
Who's right or wrong is irrelevant. What matters is what's right or wrong.
Star ground is for electricians.

JohnRoberts

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2020, 11:42:16 AM »
that's where the chinese are clever. I received many orders of IC's, caps, mill bits, screws, whatever, in simple plastic envelopes, very often free shipping. I know the chinese PO is subsidized by the industry, and it just makes sense.
Whilst our postal services try to make a fast buck, the chinese dig their furrow.
postage from china is subsidized as if they still are a developing nation. I am pretty sure that policy is under review as they do indeed take competitive advantage of it.

JR
Don't only half-ass tune your drums. Visit https://circularscience.com to hear what properly "cleared" drums sound like.

PRR

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2020, 02:54:35 PM »
> I know the chinese PO is subsidized by the industry

Poor backward China's mail is subsidized by the wealthy postal services in USA and France.

abbey road d enfer

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2020, 05:11:51 PM »
> I know the chinese PO is subsidized by the industry

Poor backward China's mail is subsidized by the wealthy postal services in USA and France.
So why is it so much more efficient than La Poste?
Who's right or wrong is irrelevant. What matters is what's right or wrong.
Star ground is for electricians.


JohnRoberts

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #30 on: May 23, 2020, 10:19:28 PM »
Not to speak ill of the USPS, but my saturday newspaper did not make it today... so my saturday newspaper will most likely arrive monday.

JR
Don't only half-ass tune your drums. Visit https://circularscience.com to hear what properly "cleared" drums sound like.

abbey road d enfer

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #31 on: May 24, 2020, 01:03:01 AM »
Not to speak ill of the USPS, but my saturday newspaper did not make it today... so my saturday newspaper will most likely arrive monday.

JR
ATM, I receive the TV program of the week on wednesday of the current week, instead of thursday of the precedent week.  Not that it mattters so much...I would think it's not only La Poste's fault.
Who's right or wrong is irrelevant. What matters is what's right or wrong.
Star ground is for electricians.

PRR

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #32 on: May 24, 2020, 01:49:15 AM »
So why is it {China Mail} so much more efficient than La Poste?

I was being sarcastic. Clearly China has not been "backward" in package handling for 30 years. But the international postal agreements change slowly. 'Soon' (some years) all the (former?) "first world" postal authorities will make China pay full freight. But it won't matter because "all"(*) our goods come from China, either post or ship.

(*)I just bought shopping-masks made in Nevada USA. However the way the world is, the fabric is surely from China or that part of the world (Viet-Nam?).

JohnRoberts

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #33 on: May 24, 2020, 10:14:18 AM »
I was being sarcastic. Clearly China has not been "backward" in package handling for 30 years. But the international postal agreements change slowly. 'Soon' (some years) all the (former?) "first world" postal authorities will make China pay full freight. But it won't matter because "all"(*) our goods come from China, either post or ship.
The Chinese government knows where their prosperity comes from (selling goods to the outside world).
Quote
(*)I just bought shopping-masks made in Nevada USA. However the way the world is, the fabric is surely from China or that part of the world (Viet-Nam?).
Viet-Nam is gaining factory jobs while China is losing.  Years ago when I ordered a really simple PCB to serve as a battery clamp inside my tuner, I searched for cheap PCB houses and thought I found one in Canada... I was only a little surprised when the PCBs arrived from China.

My cheap spit masks came from China and took roughly a month. The image on Amazon clearly shows 95% claim,

the masks that arrived were labelled disposable and protective... (cough).

China has pressed their luck withholding some medicine supply chain materials. This will just accelerate the re-onshoring of critical supplies.   We got a little too comfortable.

JR
Don't only half-ass tune your drums. Visit https://circularscience.com to hear what properly "cleared" drums sound like.

boji

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #34 on: May 24, 2020, 11:56:13 PM »
Quote
haven't sold a tuner since March

The problem I see with this business plan is if I know you, you make them to last.

You need to design them to fail a few months after warranty is up, while adding new features to it every few years such that the latest model is a must-have.    :-[        :'(

JohnRoberts

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #35 on: May 25, 2020, 10:35:38 AM »
The problem I see with this business plan is if I know you, you make them to last.

You need to design them to fail a few months after warranty is up, while adding new features to it every few years such that the latest model is a must-have.    :-[        :'(

I just heard from a previous customer asking me where he could buy a replacement spacer bumper foot that broke. It is easier for me to just mail him new ones than tell him where to buy some.  8)

===

I was working on a DSP based next generation version that would be faster and hipper, but it would also be more expensive. The market wants something smaller and cheaper, apparently with less concern about how well it works, based on what they are using now.  ::)

I tried during that last generation redesign and I couldn't make it work properly without the two appropriately sized loudspeakers to engage with the drumheads, so I am stuck with this size and form factor.

JR

PS: I am considering sticking a fork in this charity.

Don't only half-ass tune your drums. Visit https://circularscience.com to hear what properly "cleared" drums sound like.

r2d2

Re: Why amazon why?
« Reply #36 on: June 06, 2020, 05:21:44 AM »
Head scratcher.
Ordered 4 x dpst switches from amazon. All 4 were in stock.
They shipped them out in individual envelopes and all 4 are arriving at different times.
I don’t get it... is it cheaper to do it this way?

….. "ship all items in a single box" order option is required ?

peace
..... Cracking D.Vader Firewall ...  II-)


 

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