They had an "associates" program that let you make money advertising their wares, and it paid off. They were careful in their e-mail policies. And you knew what they sold.
Those were the days. Amazon is now the Wal-Mart of the Web. They sell nothing and specialize in nothing. They have missed countless opportunities to get their pricing straight (stop charging for shipping, build it into your price), and their associates program no longer pays off.
But what really has me steamed is this.
I opened up a Web-based e-mail account last year, and gave the address out only to a few people I wanted to reach me there. I never added that address to my Amazon.Com account.
But within a very short time, guess what found me? Spam. And guess who’s spam?
Now I’m greeted by Amazon ads each time I open my PC, which reminds me never to do business with them again.