I have finally finished a major milestone for work, and as a reward I decided it was time to go on to the British Amazon site and buy three things that I can't get from the U.S. site, or are far more expensive there -- Writer's Tale, Single Father, and Takin' Over the Asylum. (Yes, I'll be putting my multi-region DVD player to good use!)
So, off I went to amazon.co.uk. I clicked on check-out, and I told them I'm a new customer. After all, I haven't bought from them before. Except -- strange! -- they said they already have someone with my email address in their system. So I put in my regular U.S. Amazon password, and there I was, there was my account, and there were all my shipping addresses, including places I haven't lived at for years. Even my credit card information was already in their system!
I suppose I should be slightly freaked out, but actually it was kind of nice. They even gave me an automatic currency converter to tell me how much I'm paying in USD.
In other international news, I've been spending a lot of time hanging out in the help_japan
auctions. There are some amazing offers going, especially in the "interesting stuff" category (which, amazingly enough, is full of interesting stuff!) I'm really amazed at some of the ideas people have come up with that don't require much outlay of money, or indeed any money at all. Like six months of flattering emails
. "Box of [local place where offerer is from]" seems to be both popular and doing well, and there are also a lot of offers to send postcards, letters, etc. Who would've thought that plain old, regular snail mail would be so popular in the internet age?