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Old 05-01-2014, 02:04 PM   #1
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I was just coming here to post that! Here's the Kindle link, if anyone wants to join me in reporting the lower price to Amazon.
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I was just coming here to post that! Here's the Kindle link, if anyone wants to join me in reporting the lower price to Amazon.
I did just a few minutes ago, before I saw your post. If Amazon drops the price, I'll try to post that information, if no one else beats me to it.

Sometimes it seems like they respond positively and sometimes it seems that they don't. I don't know what the criteri(on)(a) might be for them to drop prices in response to these requests; maybe someone monitoring this thread can tell us. I, for one, would be interested in knowing what some people think.
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I don't think we'll never know for sure about Amazon's reasoning on price matching. Several times during B & N sales I've notified them of lower prices, but they didn't react.

GtrsRgr8, you mentioned you're fairly new to discount watching - have you discovered ereaderiq.com yet? They track price drops and you can also register to get notifications. Very useful site, just in case you haven't seen.
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This is just speculation, but I was under the impression that a lot of B&N sales/Free Fridays were somehow agreed to be exclusive to them for a set amount of time with publisher.

Granted, not all, but I have been noticing it a bit more with them.
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I don't think we'll never know for sure about Amazon's reasoning on price matching. Several times during B & N sales I've notified them of lower prices, but they didn't react.

GtrsRgr8, you mentioned you're fairly new to discount watching - have you discovered ereaderiq.com yet? They track price drops and you can also register to get notifications. Very useful site, just in case you haven't seen.
I've discovered them, but haven't explored them. That is to say, I know about their daily lists of Kindle bargains, but I wasn't aware that they tracked price drops. There is another site, which I no longer follow and whose name I've forgotten, which also tracked price drops; I am sure that there are more, probably many more. Thanks.
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Granted, not all, but I have been noticing it a bit more with them.
Ah, exclusivity agreements . . . . I hadn't thought of that. I wouldn't be surprised if that was part of the answer. Thanks.

My question was one of only curiosity, I guess; I don't know what practical value that it would be to know the answer(s).
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Well, I ran a Marine Corps mud run once... five miles of absolute torture in which I literally dragged my body over the finish line by my hands. Does that make me a mudder?

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You probably went thru a lot more hell than those completing that obstacle course.

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I never ran one of the MC mud runs, but did run many an obstacle course.... oh, and am a former Marine.

Does that count?
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I never ran one of the MC mud runs, but did run many an obstacle course.... oh, and am a former Marine.

Does that count?
I don't know if the Marine Corps mud run or especially a non-muddy course would count or not, but I, like KyBunnies, appreciate your service.

It is kinda hard to picture ex-Marines as being bibliophiles . . . .
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Any one who has served in the Armed Forces has went thru hell the people in a mud run will never experience. I am from the south and never heard of this. I would say it is either a redneck or hillybilly thing. Since I am in Kentucky and live on a farm most people consider me both. Never heard of a mudder run.

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