Since its founding, the company has attracted criticism and controversy from multiple sources over its actions. These include: supplying law enforcement with facial recognition surveillance tools; forming cloud computing partnerships with the CIA; luring customers away from the site's brick and mortar competitors; placing a low priority on warehouse conditions for workers; participating in anti-unionization efforts; remotely deleting content purchased by Amazon Kindle users; taking public subsidies; claiming that its 1-Click technology can be patented; engaging in anti-competitive actions and price discrimination; and reclassifying LGBT books as adult content. Criticism has also concerned various decisions over whether to censor or publish content such as the WikiLeaks website, works containing libel and material facilitating dogfight, cockfight, or pedophile activities. In December 2011, Amazon faced a backlash from small businesses for running a one-day deal to promote its new Price Check app. Shoppers who used the app to check prices in a brick-and-mortar store were offered a 5% discount to purchase the same item from Amazon. Companies like Groupon, eBay and Taap.it countered Amazon's promotion by offering $10 off from their products. The company has also faced accusations of putting undue pressure on suppliers to maintain and extend its profitability. One effort to squeeze the most vulnerable book publishers was known within the company as the Gazelle Project, after Bezos suggested, according to Brad Stone, "that Amazon should approach these small publishers the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle." In July 2014, the Federal Trade Commission launched a lawsuit against the company alleging it was promoting in-app purchases to children, which were being transacted without parental consent.
The Amazon sales rank (ASR) provides an indication of the popularity of a product sold on any Amazon locale. It is a relative indicator of popularity that is updated hourly. Effectively, it is a "best sellers list" for the millions of products stocked by Amazon. While the ASR has no direct effect on the sales of a product, it is used by Amazon to determine which products to include in its bestsellers lists. Products that appear in these lists enjoy additional exposure on the Amazon website and this may lead to an increase in sales. In particular, products that experience large jumps (up or down) in their sales ranks may be included within Amazon's lists of "movers and shakers"; such a listing provides additional exposure that might lead to an increase in sales. For competitive reasons, Amazon does not release actual sales figures to the public. However, Amazon has now begun to release point of sale data via the Nielsen BookScan service to verified authors. While the ASR has been the source of much speculation by publishers, manufacturers, and marketers, Amazon itself does not release the details of its sales rank calculation algorithm. Some companies have analyzed Amazon sales data to generate sales estimates based on the ASR, though Amazon states:
Clear your cookies and browsing history: Look for the Privacy tab under your Settings to find the link to clear your history and cookies. (You can choose to clear cookies only from the websites you’re shopping on if you prefer.)Extra tip: Since history and cookies can make your everyday life easier, you might not want to clear it all out and lose your preference in the browser you always use. So to avoid that, you can shop around using your usual browser, and then when you know you want to buy a certain item, use Firefox or Chrome — in incognito mode — to make the final purchase!
Whether you prefer coffee or tea in the morning, you're going to want a good travel mug so you can bring your favorite drink with you on your morning commute. After testing the best travel mugs, we really liked the Contigo Autoseal West Loop. But if you want a more affordable option, you can get the SnapSeal Byron travel mug for just $7 in the color Gunmetal, if you select no-rush shipping. This mug will keep drinks hot up to 7 hours and has a leak-poof lid. It's a great way to save a bit, if you're not in a rush for this mug to reach your door. Otherwise you can get it for $2 more.
In November 2013, Amazon.com announced a partnership with the United States Postal Service to begin delivering orders on Sundays. The service, included in Amazon's standard shipping rates, initiated in metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and New York due to the high-volume and inability to deliver timely, with plans to expand into Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix by 2014.
Also available is the Mr Beams Wireless Motion-Sensing Outdoor LED Spotlight for $9.72 via in-store pickup. (Amazon charges the same with free shipping for Prime members.) That's the best deal we could find by $2. It features an 80-lumen output, motion detection up to 25 feet, and up to one year of light on a set of three C batteries (not included).
Sous vide is a style of cooking that immerses food in a hot water bath that is heated to the exact ideal temperature of the food being cooked. This allows the food to cook evenly without any risk of over- or undercooking it. As someone who basically cannot cook chicken by herself, I can make a gourmet-quality chicken breast or a steakhouse style steak with next to no effort.
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