Amazon's TextBuyIt Service

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 by Mistlee

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Amazon's TextBuyIt Service

By Janet Meiners has a new service - you can compare prices and buy things by text message.

It's called TextBuyIt.

You text the name of a product, its description, its UPC or ISBN to the number 262966, which spells "Amazon."

You can compare prices while you're in a store and if you like what you see, you enter your email address tied to your Amazon account, and the zip code you want it sent to.

You'll get a call that takes you through the rest of the transaction. Then you'll get a confirmation text and email.

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You can also check your order online.

Now your boss won't even know you're shopping at work!

I tried the service to see how it works. There were many text messages and getting a lot of comparison prices seemed like a chore (so many text messages).

It seems best if you already know what you want to buy and you just want to buy it quickly. That should take about 4 texts total.

I wish eBay would launch a price search and bid by text service. How many times do you see something and wonder if you should buy it to sell on eBay?


About the Author:
Janet Meiners always wanted to be a reporter but prefers the immediacy of blogging. Known as Newspapergrl, she has freelanced for newspapers, City Search, and business magazines. She reports on internet marketing and online trends.

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