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GETTING MORE TALE #701: Amazon You Bastards
This is the story of how 18 cents cost me $21.63.
I’m always on the lookout for cheap Star Wars figures. I collect the 6″Black Series exclusively. I keep my core collection sealed, but any time I can buy a double for cheap, I go for it. May as well have an open one for
The other night I was bored and browsing Amazon, as you do. I noticed they had a couple Black Series figs for under $20 — usually a guaranteed threshold for buying a double. I picked up Lando (Billy Dee Williams version) for $12.46 for my sister last week. This week I noticed Liam Neeson, err, Qui-Gon Jinn, for $12.08. After consulting my sister I decided to pull the trigger. Qui-Gon isn’t the best character and for a Jedi he is pretty bland, but I like the little toy lightsabers. He also comes with an extra hand that you can swap out to give him a Force-push kind of pose.
(I like the ability to easily swap out hands. Dr. Kathryn does not. Look for a future story on this called “Extra Hands”.)
“Go for it!” advised Dr. Kathryn and so I looked for something else to qualify for free shipping. I went to my wishlist and remembered Tommy Shaw’s Girls With Guns album. I’ve loved the title track for eons, but the CD was always somewhat rare. In fact it ended up on a very primitive version of the old Holy Grail list. It turns out that the quality label Beat Goes On Records has done a reissue along with the album What If in a single package. I recently picked up BGO’s reissue of Styx’s Caught In The Act – Live and I was very happy with the audio and packaging. I added Girls With Guns / What If to my cart at the price of $22.74, a solid buy.
Total: $34.82. A measly 18 cents short of free shipping.
There was only one copy of Tommy Shaw left in stock. I wanted to keep it in the cart. Only one thing to do. Add another item to the cart to get free shipping.
I browsed and browsed a bit more. Lots of Black Series figures under $20 (mostly from Rogue One), but I had doubles already. There were a few just over $20 and ultimately I decided to buy a second Imperial Range Trooper at $21.63, far exceeding the cost of the original Qui-Gon figure that set me off on this particular shopping quest. And here’s the kicker! At first I decided I didn’t want to get any figures from Solo. There are so many Black Series characters now that I had to draw a line somewhere. But I broke when some of the new figures turned out so good, and Range Trooper is one of them. He’ll be joining the rest of my opened Imperial troopers soon.
But: Fuck you, Amazon! I bet you have banks of computers spitting out algorithms to keep me just under the $35 minimum for free shipping! Weird prices like $12.08…you think you’re getting a deal but then you buy three fuckin’ things!
I’m on to you, Amazon….