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Amazon.com’s price protection

IMPORTANT: See Update 2 below.

This might be useful if you make frequent purchases on amazon.com. Although Amazon’s website does not say this ‘loudly’, Amazon does have a price protection policy!

While Amazon.com does not do price-matching with other retailers, but if the price of the product that you bought on amazon drops within 30 days of your purchase, you can ask for a refund of the difference amount. The key here is, you need to ask amazon for the refund!

Here is what the policy reads:

Post-Order Price Guarantee

Amazon.com’s prices for released items will change from time to time based on a variety of factors. If Amazon.com’s price for an already-released item decreases within 30 days after we ship the item to you, we’ll be glad to refund the difference in price if you contact us. Please click one of the buttons on the right, and be sure to have your order number handy so we can assist you.

This Post-Order Price Guarantee is subject to the following restrictions:

  • Applies only to products that have already been released. Products that have not yet been released but that are available for pre-order from Amazon.com are not covered by this guarantee, but do benefit from our Pre-Order Price Protection program (see section above).
  • Applies only to items sold by Amazon.com, and not to items (or prices) offered by other sellers on our site.
  • Item prices that are affected by a promotion such as “Buy one, get one free” are not eligible.
  • The price of an item after rebate is not considered to be the Amazon.com price.

Link to this policy can be found here on the amazon website.

I had recently purchased a Logitech Headset on amazon, and the price has dropped twice already, and each time the priced dropped, I got the appropriate refund!

Very handy for electronic products which have the tendency for price drops!

Also, one more interesting and very useful site is www.refundplease.com. This site lets you enter your purchase information (item#, date of purchase and your purchase price) and your email. Once you enter this info, the site automatically checks amazon.com for price drops every day for the next 30 days and notifies you of any changes. Thats how I got to know of the second price drop for the Logitech Headset that I purchased!

Update 1: Check out this site : http://www.priceprotectr.com/ -> this one is similar to refundplease.com, but tracks nearly 60 popular online stores for price drops – so that you can get your refunds!.

Update 2: As of Sep 1st, 2008, Amazon no longer has the price protection policy. Sad but true.

2 comments | September 26th, 2007 at 01:33pm


Toledo Bend, Zwolle & Natchitoches – Louisiana

Here are some snaps from the Labor day long weekend trip (Sep 1st – Sep 3rd). We had been to a place called Zwolle. Well, it sounds like a African name, but its a very small place in Louisiana. To be more precise, we went to the Toledo Bend lake area and stayed at one of the resorts (Wildwood Resorts) on the banks of the lake.

This place is on the border of Texas and Louisiana. Actually, the Toledo Bend lake is formed due to a Dam which is built across the Sabine River. This river kind of forms the border between Texas and Louisiana! The lake itself is pretty big, and I read on one of the websites that its the largest man made lake in the South (of USA).

Here are some snaps……..

Fishing Pier at Wildwood Resort - Toledo Bend
Fishing Pier at Wildwood Resort – Toledo Bend

Fishing Pier at Wildwood Resort - Toledo Bend
Fishing Pier at Wildwood Resort – Toledo Bend

Wildwood Fishing Area
Wildwood Fishing Area

Wooden Fishing Pier
Wooden Fishing Pier

Ramp at North Toledo bend State park
Ramp at North Toledo bend State park

North Toledo Bend State Park
North Toledo Bend State Park

Speed Boating
Speed Boating at the Lake

We also visited a few near by towns. Spent almost half a day at the Historic town of Natchitoches.

Natchitoches - Visitor Info Center
Natchitoches – Visitor Info Center

There is a nice little “Cane River Lake” at Natchitoches. We took a 45 minute boat ride on the same. Got to see some really beautiful houses and landscaping !. Check out the pictures below…

Cane River Lake at Natchitoches 01
Cane River Lake at Natchitoches

Cane River Lake at Natchitoches 02
Cane River Lake at Natchitoches

Home on Cane River Lake at Natchitoches 01
Home on Cane River Lake at Natchitoches

Home on Cane River Lake at Natchitoches 02
Home on Cane River Lake at Natchitoches

Home on Cane River Lake at Natchitoches 03
Home on Cane River Lake at Natchitoches

Home on Cane River Lake at Natchitoches 04
Home on Cane River Lake at Natchitoches

Some more snaps from the Toledo Bend Lake…

Fishing Pier at Wildwood Resort - Toledo Bend 03
Fishing Pier at Wildwood Resort – Toledo Bend

Fishing Pier at Wildwood - Toledo Bend
Fishing Pier at Wildwood – Toledo Bend

Canoeing at Toledo Bend
Canoeing at Toledo Bend

Our Electric Boat
Our Electric Boat

Nature @ Toledo Bend
Nature @ Toledo Bend

Ducks at Toledo Bend
Ducks at Toledo Bend

Toledo Bend Lake
Toledo Bend Lake

Wildwood Resort - Toledo Bend 01
Wildwood Resort – Toledo Bend

Wildwood Resort - Toledo Bend 02
Wildwood Resort – Toledo Bend

Woods at Wildwood Resort - Toledo Bend
Woods at Wildwood Resort – Toledo Bend

All in all, a good 3-day fun filled trip! :)

3 comments | September 11th, 2007 at 05:58pm

Wart problem ? try this home remedy!!!

Well, first of all, I am not a doctor or anything like that! So, try this at your own risk! :)… But this is something that has worked for me like magic, and has worked for thousands of other people. So I thought of sharing it will all of you!

Well, I had a very small wart on one of my fingers on the left hand. Warts are pretty common and are caused by a virus known as human papillomavirus. They normally appear on the foot, but can appear anywhere on the body. They are not very painful or very harmful etc, but definitely not something that you would like to have on your skin! And……… most of the time, its pretty hard to get rid of them! :)

Now, coming back to my small wart, it had been on my finger for over 2 years growing very slowly – And I tried lots of medications to get rid of it – including tablets, over the counter Salicylic acid and even the Duct tape occlusion therapy!. But nothing seemed to work. All of them just gave temporary relief but no matter what I did, the wart would come back exactly at the same spot within a month or so!

Finally – did some Googling and came across this home remedy – Very simple, Very cheap, and it worked like miracle. Its almost 4 months now, and no signs of the wart that had troubled me for over 2+ years!

So, What is this miracle home remedy? – Well, its Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).

Where is it available? Most food stores should have it in the vinegar section. I found it at walmart.

How much does it cost? : Well, here in the US a big bottle costs around $2.00. Yes. Thats TWO dollars only!

How to use it?:

  1. Get the Apple Cider Vinegar bottle.
  2. Have a very small cotton ball – may be half the size of a shirt button (this depends on how big your wart is!).
  3. Soak the cotton ball in Apple Cider Vinegar.
  4. Place it over the wart.
  5. Put and band-aid over it – so that the cotton is in place.
  6. It might start to itch after sometime and might be slightly pain. But thats normal. If the pain is unbearable, remove the band-aid, and clean with fresh water.
  7. Repeat the above steps for 5 to 6 nights.

For me, since the wart was very small, it just took around 3 nights to work, and eventually, the wart just turned to dark brown and then finally disappeared!!

Lots of other people have reported success with this method!

Do comment below if this home remedy worked for you!

  • PS 1: This method is not recommended for genital warts. Consult your doctor.
  • PS 2: Try this on your own! I am just sharing this info since it has helped me!!! I am not responsible for whatever the consequences are!!! :)
  • PS 3: Some other home remedies are listed here : http://www.howtogetridofstuff.com/health/how-to-get-rid-of-warts which might work for you!

3 comments | September 7th, 2007 at 02:15pm

Google Reader – Now has search!!!

Yeeeeeeh. Finally!

Search In google reader

Google reader now has in-built Search. I guess this was one of the most requested feature. I am sure a lot of people are happy about this……………… Well, it took a while, but now its there. Thanks Google!

There are some other minor improvements to the Google Reader as well. Check the other changes here!

Btw, have you checked the new beta version of bloglines ? It looks cool, but I don’t think I will switch back to bloglines any time soon … I am pretty happy with Google reader!

| September 6th, 2007 at 10:48am


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