Man I knew you guys would be super excited to see this new update on how well I am doing reducing the amount of stuff I’ve been ordering on amazon! Well here it is!
My goal was for 2019 reduce the amount of stuff I buy from Amazon by 15%. This isn’t to save money, though I hope that is a secondary effect, but because I’ve increasingly been dissatisfied with Amazon’s politics and customer service.
January went super well, with a 52% reduction in orders. February also went surprisingly well, coming in at 47% reduction.
In March of 2018 I purchased a total of 46 items on Amazon.
In March of 2019 I purchased a total of 25 items. That is a 45.6% reduction in number of purchases and a 41.1% reduction in overall spend.
Not bad, but does show a worrying upward trend. Given that I, unrelated, ordered five things today, with more to come as we have an offroading trip coming up, I’m a little worried.
Still. Penny saved, etc.
So why is this on Oppo?
CAR STUFF! what kinds of car stuff did I buy on Amazon and where were my alternative sources?
Lots of stuff here. Air cleaner conversion for the Civic, fuel hose, and a lot of plastidip related stuff.
I also bought another external TPMS system because I liked the existing one so much. Also a lot of bolt on offroading stuff, a lot of which is going back.
Not on Amazon
RockAuto and O’Reily Auto sold me some stuff for the Civic. Also threw a big chunk of cash at Classic Alfa for for bits for the Alfa.
Funny enough I spent a fair chunk of change on Walmart over Amazon. Walmart’s oil prices were a little cheaper, they had the filter I wanted, and they offer free 2-day shipping with Saturday delivery. 10 quarts of oil and a filter delivered to my door for $67... not bad!
Then again you know a company is getting pretty evil when Walmart seems like the better option...
On to next month!