Amazon.com Informative - Amazon's Christmas Shipping Scam
As of right now, Amazon.com shows December 18th as the cutoff date for standard shipping for parcels to arrive before Christmas.
Well, four days ago, Dec 14th, I ordered a DVD as a Christmas gift and specified standard shipping. I was given no delivery date, but assumed that all was ok and I was well within the cutoff date.
Last night, I received a notice that my DVD had shipped on Dec 17th, but would arrive on the December 26th - 9 days shipping, it must be going by ox-cart. There was even a special note so I would realize that it was arriving late.
This is very convenient. I am now forced to order the product a second time - its rare and hard to find - and this time pay extra to have it delivered by the 20th. So I have now purchased the DVD twice and paid for standard and 2 day shipping.
Amazon.com is no doubt counting on me not bothering to return the extra DVD, as the hassle isn't worth the cost of the DVD.
This scam repeated enough times over their large consumer base will surely help erase some the the expected shortfall from this Christmas season.
I can't believe that a company with Amazon.com's reputation would stoop to this level to try and boost their Christmas revenue.