January Amazon Order Reduction Goals

Illustration: Jake Morphonios

What a sterile title... Anyway, as my only 2019 New Year’s resolution of merit, my goal was to reduce my Amazon.com usage by about 15%. I wanted to pick a reasonable number that wouldn’t impact my life too much.

That might not sound like a lot, but let me put my Amazon habit’s in perspective here. In all of 2018 I ordered 394 unique items from Amazon, 421 items total, with a total bill of [holy crap what no... redacted]. A 15% reduction in orders would mean reducing my total order count by about 63 items.

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Why is another issue that I don’t think is worth going in to on a car site.

[Edit for clarity] This is not to spend less money, though that might be a happy side effect. The goal was to reduce Amazon usage because they are becoming increasingly evil, customer service and on-time fulfillment are worse then they ever have been, and Jeff Bezos is essentially a Bond villain. Plus the whole HQ2 thing? My distrust and dissatisfaction with the company has grown over the last year or so and as a result I am trying to make them less of a presence in my life.

So how am I doing?

Well I am pleased to announce as of today I have ordered 13 items from Amazon in January 2019. Compared to January of 2018, in which I ordered 27 items, that represents a 52% order reduction. Interestingly my total spend was 27% of my 2018 spend, meaning not only am I ordering less stuff, I am also spending less.

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Ok so I overshot the mark a little there.

Ok... I’ll give you a couple real numbers, for fun. In January 2018 I spent $988.51 on Amazon. Not sure why or how, but I did it. (I think cashing in gift cards?) In January 2019 I spent $269.94.

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So why is this on Oppo?

CAR PARTS!

I figured to give this an oppo twist, I’d make it about the car parts I did or did not buy on Amazon.

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Did

Actually almost all of my spend on Amazon this month was Civic stuff. I bought some Hella Supertones, a trial wheel center cap, some bumper restoration stuff, and a new dash cam.

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Did Not

I bought some spark plugs from the local parts store, rather than order them through Amazon. I also bought a radio and speakers through Crutchfield instead, and a few odd and ends though eBay.

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In most cases the price was the same at the alternative vendors, but the delivery was slated to be slower.

Overall

Pleased with the progress. Despite a lot of stuff was deferred to an alternate vendor, I can definitely tell looking at my bank account. This means more money for shop stuff, more money for car stuff, and more money in savings. That makes me a happy boy.

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That said, truth be told I ran these number a couple of days ago, but since have needed a few thing. I put off the purchases, but they’ll be showing up on February’s Amazon bill. Still think I can keep to my goal of 15%, but... only just.

Fingers crossed February goes as well!

Interested in crunching your own numbers? Amazon has a how-to on generating history reports here.

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