How Amazon Thinks I Should Spend My $50 Gift Card

Last week, I turned old. My brother gave me an Amazon gift card. Here’s what I can get based on Amazon’s suggestions:

A Logitech Gamepad, $37:
No matter how hard I try, this console playing gal will never get the hang of WASD (a kind of movement used in first person perspective gaming). But with recent purchases sitting in my Steam account and a fancy laptop, this controller would make my life more comfortable.

Likeliness of purchase: High

 

Twelve Copies of Russian Picture Word Book, $4 each
Hey, I need to brush up on my Russian and, for how cheap it is, I should just buy the damn thing already. It’s been sitting on my Wishlist for months. And there’s enough left over for a decent bottle of vodka. Za zdorov’ye!

Likeliness of purchase: Low

 

Herschel Supply Co. Settlement Plus backpack, $70:
Heading off to grad school at the end of August has got me thinking about how to get my junk from A to B. I love the bright color and clean design of this backpack and the laptop sleeve is a bonus. My friend has one just like it and am super tempted. But I have plenty of bags already that would make do. I’d also have to fork over an extra $20 on top of the gift card.

Likeliness of purchase: Medium

 

The following MP3 albums:
Daft Punk, Random Access Memory, $12
Kanye West, Yeezus, $12
Amy Winehouse, Back to Black, $10
Of Monsters and Men, My Head Is an Animal, $10
Lady Gaga, A Very Gaga Holiday, $5
Seeing as I have most of these or the songs I want off them, I’m not too enthusiastic about downloading more MP3s.

Likelihood of purchase: Very Low

 

Elomi Smooth Molding Nursing Bra, $38
Not even pregnant. Go home Amazon. You’re drunk.

Likelihood of purchase: Nope

 

Fifty Classic Ebooks for Kindle: 99 cents each
Sense and Sensibility? War and Peace? The Divine Comedy? We may have a winner. I do have the rest of the summer to get through.

Likeliness of purchase: Very High

 

Katie Peoples lives in San Diego.

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9 Comments / Post A Comment

walterce (#4,374)

If you have an XBox 360 Controller already, you might be better off with a wireless adapter. You’re probably already familiar with the layout, and it will save you a few bucks.

http://www.amazon.com/HDE-Wireless-Receiver-compatible-Xbox-controller/dp/B0096PLB9O/

KPeeps (#1,140)

@walterce They really just need to standardize all PC controllers. Sometimes it’s a crap shoot.

notpollyanna (#2,841)

Get those eBooks of classics off the Gutenberg Project and you have $50 left to spend on nursing bras!

@notpollyanna yeah there should be free Kindle versions of all those classics!

KPeeps (#1,140)

@notpollyanna I should definitely start stocking up! I mean who knows when I’ll need them?

WASD is the only way to play shooty games. I failed to complete the first Mass Effect on Xbox because I couldn’t get past the FIRST Mako segment. I also failed to complete Dead Space because I couldn’t beat the dumb asteroid-shooting minigame. Aiming a gun with a gamepad is like trying to have sex in the ocean while on acid.

(They’re great for platformers and some third-person action/punching games though.)

KPeeps (#1,140)

@stuffisthings “Aiming a gun with a gamepad is like trying to have sex in the ocean while on acid.” True, but I don’t play at lot of FPS. I’m more of an adventure/action type.

BananaPeel (#1,555)

Yeah, don’t pay for Kindle versions of old books! Here’s the Amazon page that lists all your options: http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=2245146011

That is a nice-looking backpack, though.

swoosiekurt (#3,770)

Put it toward a Prime membership! Free 2-day shipping will totally come in handy!

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