The Crazy Suburban Mom: The Best Deal App... Plus not the best deal anywhere for the love of....

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Best Deal App... Plus not the best deal anywhere for the love of....

I posted the other day about things I love.   The last thing I loved being the Kindle app on my iTouch...

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...but than it got ugly and turned into a rant on the price of ebooks.

And no, I'm not sorry I went there, the prices are too high but oh, shut my mouth because maybe not ...According to a story at eweek:

"Amazon.com has struck deals with Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins to potentially raise the price of ebooks, reports The Wall Street Journal, and could be in negotiations with other publishers over a similar deal"

and...

"At the end of January, Amazon confronted Macmillan, which wanted to raise the prices of popular titles such as “Wolf Hall” from $9.99 to between $12.99 and $14.99, by temporarily yanking the publisher’s ebooks.We will have to capitulate and accept Macmillan’s terms ...

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funny, how that just popped into my mind and to continue...


".....because Macmillan has a monopoly over their own titles, and we will want to offer them to you even at prices we believe are needlessly high for e-books,” (Editorial comment -Yeah Amazon I believe that too, boy do I) Amazon.com wrote in a Jan. 31 statement about the issue. “Amazon customers will at that point decide for themselves whether they believe it’s reasonable to pay $14.99 for a bestselling e-book.”

Um.  No, I think I will wait for the library thing, you know.  After reading this it's starting to remind me of the guys at this gas station I can't stand down the street yukking it up as they raise gas prices just because they can.

Everyone is going to lose here from authors, to readers to library's to the guys that make printing ink.

The only ones that aren't going to lose are the very high up in the sky people who make the ebook pricing decisions and they have lovely ethereal golden umbrella parachutes so should they fall they would be assured of falling to Earth and landing on several million dollars a year.

But this isn't actually what this is about.  

By the way.

This is about getting a good deal and I have to stop thinking about ebooks of I will never move on. Never.  It's so aggravating.

But really, it's time for a deep cleansing breath,  taking a sec in my happy place (which involves no eReading material), throwing in an OM or two and...

I wish so much I'd gotten an iPhone - Oh, I do.  I like AT&T...What can I say? - but the iTouch has some rockin' apps.  Like this...


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It's called Best Deal and this is what this post is about...

In case that got lost in the sauce.

It's not free but it's only 99 ¢ which is darned close to free and it's saved me that much already.  

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You just put in the particulars and Voila!

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You know which item buy...

So many grocery items are prices oddly due to multi-packs or sales or sheets per roll - and don't even get me started on how confusing it is to buy toilet paper.  This helps keep my blood pressure down in grocery stores.  For real.  I just used it to figure out which pack of bouillon cubes were a better deal the other day.

Best thing is since I don't have a connection - Ahem, not having an actual iPhone - it works without one! So chalk one up to an app that stands on it's own.... costs 99 ¢ (which by the way is the cost of about 14 Macmillian ebooks) ... and saved me more than that the first time I used it!




2 Comments:

Susan Helene Gottfried 4/26/10, 8:58 PM  

I agree; e-book prices are too high. That's why mine are priced at $2.50 each at Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.

Nikki Cupcake 4/27/10, 8:21 AM  

if you are into e-books check out barnes and noble's e reader program, it's free, it works on your computer too and there are like 500,000 free books and i believe you can use books from other programs too

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