September 18, 2007

Things That Make You Go "Hmmmmm.."

So I was over at the devil's website a bit ago. Following up on my earlier post about Rumpole books, I saw that I was a bit behind in the series. Since they were really quite cheap, I one-clickied a pair of them, patting myself on the back that I was being reasonable in my expenditures.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I got the auto-confirmation email just now with a total about twice what I had expected. Opening it up, I discovered that somehow or other a copy of Bennie XVI's book Jesus of Nazareth had been mixed into the order as well.

As it happens, I had been looking hard at this book after reading the Colossus' review of it a few weeks ago and was sorely tempted to buy it. In fact, I believe I got as far as ordering it, but changed my mind and cancelled at the last second.

I swear I didn't go anywhere near it today, but there it is in the order nonetheless. And in checking my account, I am informed that "the order is already being processed and cannot be changed. Don't want the book? Shlep down to the post office and mail it back then. Yeah, you know you won't."

In fact, it isn't that I don't want the book. But I know just how many books I can charge in any given month without the Missus starting to ask unpleasant questions. If Amazon goes and jams me like this, causing a spike, I'm liable to get red-flagged. And Amazon will lose out in the end, too, if the Missus cuts me off.

Posted by Robert at September 18, 2007 12:49 PM | TrackBack

The dangers of *one click* revealed.

Try (American Book Exchange) for the cheapest books around.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at September 18, 2007 04:33 PM

I thought of giving you my copy, when we met, but didn't want to frighten your wife . . . I guess both the Lord and Amazon work in mysterious ways . . .

It'a a good read.

Posted by: The Colossus at September 19, 2007 08:46 AM