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Re: Amazon, Technology and Personal Space
  • 12/6/2017 5:58:27 PM
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Well said Lyndon_Henry and let's not forget a Tax package that appears only to address the Estate Tax.  I am very concerned that the foundations of Democracy have been compromised by those who are no more than traitors in my book.

Re: Amazon, Technology and Personal Space
  • 12/6/2017 5:04:01 PM
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Louis writes

Hearing of Amazon's latest trail blazing idea ( literally a day before your post Jim ) made me cringe.

Do we really need to allow Amazon into our homes like this ?  I would think the majority of people would say "No" but the worrisome part is that a significant number will try this new service.

For all the constructive ideas Amazon has brought to Society, this one is allows mankind to pick up speed as we travel down this Slippery Slope of how technology aids and affects our personal space.

I have the feeling that the more you give, the more (technology) will take and this idea by Amazon is an overt reminder of just that.

 

If significant multitudes of people are willing to post their most intimate personal information on the Internet, and others to hand over the keys of the federal government to a crime syndicate headed by a con artist, I suppoe one shouldn't be shocked that another multitude will allow giant corporations to have unfettered access into their homes.

 

Re: Get offa my porch
  • 11/30/2017 10:49:19 PM
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SaneIT, not fair. Delivery services have a signing option that requires someone to be home to receive the package. The problem is that thaTs inconvenience for the recipient. Most are willing to take the risks of theft.

Re: Central Amazon Store
  • 11/30/2017 6:14:59 PM
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Great point and even the cat that might escape through an open door! The new feature may need to include a gate!

Re: Get offa my porch
  • 11/6/2017 8:44:46 AM
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The sneakers theft doesn't surprise me, in the past 5 years or so there has a been a bit of a collector's market for them.  I know it sounds odd, but I know a couple people who could talk for hours about it.  As far as theft goes, they are probably very easy to identify based on the sender's address and the size of the box.  Since they don't carry serial numbers, can often retail for hundreds of dollars and are nonperishable there are quite a few things that make them prime targets for theft.  I think the more surprising issue is that even though we know that things like this are likely to be stolen from door steps we haven't come up with a better way to combat the thefts and delivery companies are more than happy to just set a box down and walk off. 

Re: Get offa my porch
  • 11/6/2017 7:44:31 AM
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Trust does change over time and those who trust Amazon might not tomorrow. I recall an experience years ago discovering that a neighbor had signed and accespted a guitar delivery from the shipper when I wasn't home. Unfortunately for me, the "trusted" neighbor neglected to inform ne he had my guitar. Only after investigation with the shipper did I learn the neighbor had the guitar. To trust or not to trust?

Re: Get offa my porch
  • 11/3/2017 10:04:28 AM
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I had an interesting conversation with a mail carrier last year. She delivered to apartment buildings, and had a front door key so she could access the mail boxes and leave packages outside the right apartment doors. She said package theft is a big problem, but I was surprised at what was the hottest package to steal. It wasn't Amazon boxes (which might have things like electronics). It was boxes of sneakers, which have high value when sold out of someone's trunk. Plus, I guess thieves like to have good sneakers when they have to run from a cop or angry resident.

Re: Get offa my porch
  • 11/2/2017 8:28:40 AM
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With Amazon, I know that the consumer gets a lot of leeway.  I had a package that never arrived although it said it was delivered.  I called Amazon and they shipped a second item without much more than a few questions.  They asked some very basic questions like did I check near all the doors of my home, if I've had packages lost in the past, etc.  The questions came off as more conversational than a check list to approve a replacement shipment.  I suspect that it was delivered to the wrong address or lost in a distribution center somewhere since anyone who delivers to my house tends to come late enough that someone is home as we're in a rural area and probably last on any delivery schedules. 

Re: Get offa my porch
  • 11/1/2017 1:59:10 PM
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@Terry I don't usually sign either. I think UPS used to do that more than it does now. I suppose it slows things down too much, and also they now carry devices that they can use to show where and when they made the delivery instead of relying on signatures as proof.

Re: Get offa my porch
  • 11/1/2017 12:57:56 PM
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Good point, Ariella. But hinestly, I can't remember the last time I signed for an Amazon delivery, most of which come with my USPS daily now.

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