"Amazon TextBuyIt" Launches - HotHardware
"Amazon TextBuyIt" Launches

"Amazon TextBuyIt" Launches

Fortunately Amazon.com launched this service on 4/2, or we might have wondered ...

In less than a minute and using only text messages, Amazon.com customers can find the product they are looking for and complete a purchase using TextBuyIt. Simply send a text message to "AMAZON" (262966) with the name of the product, search term or a UPC or ISBN code, and, within seconds, Amazon replies with the product or products that match the search, along with prices. To buy an item, customers simply reply to the text message by entering the unique single digit number next to the item they want. Customers will then receive a short phone call from Amazon with the final details of their order and asking them to confirm or cancel the purchase.

When customers choose to purchase something for the first time using TextBuyIt, they will be asked for their e-mail address and shipping ZIP code they use for their Amazon.com account. With this information, Amazon uses customers' default settings for payment method, shipping address and shipping speed, including 2-Day shipping for Amazon Prime members.


We tried this, and yes it works, and yes, it's easy.  However, the most likely use for this is not shopping, but price comparisons!  That's probably what Amazon.com had in mind, to stop the "I wonder what price this is at Amazon.com?  Nah, let's just buy it here" scenarios.
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Cool.  I'm glad they call to confirm it though, otherwise this could be a very cruel prank.Big Smile 

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What if someone took your phone and just changed your info and had everything shipped to a different address but billed to you? It seems it would be all too easy seeing as how many cell phones get lost/stolen (especially on a college campus). Although I guess you could just trace the address to a house or a post office and see who it is really registered to....

It is a nice idea though -- do they offer only new books or have the option for used as well? 

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ice91785:
do they offer only new books or have the option for used as well? 
 

I don't believe Amazon offers used books. The best sites I have found and use often for used and out of print books are:

Alibris

AbeBooks

Barnes & Noble 

 

Hope this helps. 

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looks intersting wonder how well it work 

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