Friday, February 26, 2016

Amazon Over-Protects the Senile--And Apologizes Gracefully

I need multiple spare copies of the 1967 and 2001 Norton Critical Editions of MOBY-DICK in preparing the 3rd edition. Last night Amazon slapped my hand (lightly) and refused to let me make a sucker of myself by ordering 2 copies of the same book from different vendors. I emailed Amazon last night and this morning received a personal apology and a gift of $5. Now, it was annoying to realize that Amazon knows everything about me, including the age which indicates possible episodes of senility, but you know, it's like having a parent pull your hand out of the fire. Paternalism isn't bad, not this sort. And with the five dollars . . . .

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