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Buying less is better than buying ‘green’—for the planet and your happiness

As the article notes, the former is a lot harder to put into practice than the latter.

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Is Amazon Unstoppable?

Charles Duhigg’s article for The New Yorker suggests that Amazon will eventually fall, but not for lack of efforts to forestall that day.

Much like Facebook and Google, Amazon is a company employing many good people to do some seriously bad things.

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Buying Too Much Stuff is Driven By Uncertainty

I’ve gradually weaned myself off of retail therapy, though I have occasional lapses still.

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Amazon UnPrimed

Om Malik:

Additionally, Amazon has lost its core value proposition—it is no longer the cheapest location to buy things on the Internet. It might be the Everything Store, but that comes at a price.

These days, Amazon sells convenience more than anything else.

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The Toy Store: The Milton Bradley Big Trak

The ‘toy of the future’ from 1979!

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I’m researching alternatives to Amazon for various things I might want to purchase. Not just for ethical reasons, but because Amazon just isn’t that good these days at helping me find the product that best fits my needs.

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I’ve got a list in my task manager of choice called ‘Buying Decisions’, where I put in links to items I might be interested in purchasing. I periodically review that list, and anything that doesn’t really fill a need gets removed. Great for overcoming retail therapy impulses.

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I’ve decided to become a mobile tariff tart. That sounds a lot dirtier than it should. What I mean is I’m getting a better SIM-only contract for my existing phone, same price but more data and minutes. #simonly #mobile #contact #deals

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Going through my Amazon wish lists and thinning them out. Do I really need that book I added on a whim several years ago? Also, choosing ebooks and MP3 over physical media wherever possible.

(Quick plug for CamelCamelCamel, daft name but great price-watcher service.)