Amazon Prime Day 2016: The Spoils


This time last year, I didn’t even have an Amazon Prime account. Now days, I’m not sure what I’d do without it. That being said, I spent too much money at yesterday’s Prime Day sale.

However, just about everything I bought was either fitness or household related. I only splurged on one thing that was not. So that’s pretty good.

New Bike


This was partially inspired by Syp’s excitement over his new bike (so cool!) and partially inspired by my thoughts that catching Pokemon on my long neighborhood street in the summer heat would be much easier on a bike.

I haven’t had a real bike in over a decade. I’ve never once in my life owned an expensive one. This one is not an expensive one, either. I just wanted something simple I could ride down the road. This bike was on a good lightning sale, and I loved the look of it. So after a bit of debate, I decided to pick it up.

New Walking Shoes


I have trouble buying shoes because my feet are wide and they are super flat. So the normal walking/running shoes kill my feet with the forced arch support.

I bought a pair of these shoes above back in Feb/March, and they feel great. Only problem is I bought them a size too big. I didn’t really notice this a whole lot until I started walking more (looking for Pokemon). Now it’s bugging me and making my walks more difficult.

So, when I saw the same shoes for sale on Prime Day, I picked up a new pair at a smaller size.

Amazon Echo


This is the only entertainment item I bought. Granted, it’s a big-ticket item. However, I’ve been holding off picking up an Echo for a while.

My sister and brother-in-law were early adopters and they love their Alexa. Syn also picked one up a while back. So I’m the only one who didn’t own one yet. I also don’t have a proper non-PC music device. And I noticed that Alexa can now use Spoitfy, including the Discover lists — which is what I listen to while working on webcomic art.

I know the Echo can do a lot of other things, too, and that it’s continuing to add new features consistently. So, I decided to take the plunge. I doubt we’ll see the price of this device come down much more for quite a while.

Misc Stuff

There’s various other small things I picked up as well.

A small table fan for my desk at work – that way I can cool off after taking a walk (hunting Pokemon) out in the parking lot. I actually got this for free using the points my Amazon card has been accumulating. 😀

A Dirt Devil hand vac… to replace my aging cordless hand vac of 6-7 years that can no longer hold a charge.

A set of cafe style tumblers… to replace my less attractive plastic cup set that’s over 5 years old now.

Did you participate in Amazon Prime Day? Want to share what you picked up? 


  1. I bought an Instant Pot for dad, a tablet for my SO, a new SSD for me, and Ratchet & Clank on Playstation 4. Overall, a good haul. I also ended up buying a whole new PC for my Aunt, but that was mostly unrelated.

    I thought about getting an Amazon Echo, but I cannot in good faith commit further to an Amazon ecosystem when Google will eventually have their own equivalent on market. I am a huge Google user and subscribe to Google Play Music over Spotify. It’d be a waste for me to commit any further to Amazon, even if I wouldn’t mind more deals on my Prime account.

    1. I understand that. I’ve heard other people holding out for the Google Echo equivalent. I’m kinda immersed in both ecosystems in one way or another, so I don’t have a strong loyalty to one or the other. Heck, I even own an Android tablet and an iPhone, so I’m seriously all over the place (and I like it!). 🙂

  2. I’m curious as to why or how you find Amazon Prime so indispensable. I took the free 30 day trial earlier this year and apart from the one thing I had delivered immediately, which was the reason I did the trial, I literally could not find one other use for it in the entire month.

    I looked in detail through the tv and book offerings and was completely unable to find anything at all that I would even consider watching or reading in preference to the already-free options on YouTube (which I use constantly) or the public library. Almost everything seemed to be third rate, if that.

    Even the free delivery isn’t much use to me since about 80% of everything I buy from Amazon is on the marketplace and therefore not included. I thought I would find Prime extremely useful but it turned out to be completely the opposite.

    1. The fast shipping is nice, and the fact that shipping is free on all Prime items has more than paid for my Prime sub for the last year (I only paid $67 during a special).

      I find myself shopping a whole lot more at Amazon since I got Prime — for everything from gifts (which are usually promised to arrive on time) to hand lotion to cat food. I’d normally get charged for shipping for that cat food or hand lotion since Amazon’s free shipping minimum keeps raising higher and higher now days. But I don’t have to worry about clumping together my purchases — I know it’s free shipping for all Prime items, period.

      I like having early access to the Prime sales, such as on Black Friday (some things are sold out before they ever go to non-Prime members). And of course, Prime Day obviously got me spending money.

      I’ve watched a few Prime movies here or there, but mostly use Netflix. I can’t even take advantage of the books because I don’t have a Kindle product – that’s a bit of a sour note to me.

      So I guess it’s mostly about the free and fast shipping and sales. If it’s not my weekly grocery shopping, chances are, I’m getting the majority of things I need from Amazon.

  3. I don’t have Amazon Prime, because the vast majority of my purchases are from either Steam or paying artists for commissions. XD Outside of the necessities of life, I’ve come to realize that almost everything I buy consists of bits…

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