I'm once again joining in Works for Me Wednesday hosted by Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer, and I have uploaded her cool graphic banner this week as well. You can go over there each week and see links to many posts with great tips.
For so many reasons, I looooove amazon.com. Two things that really work for me are the comments by other users and the wishlist feature.
I am a listmaker, and the wishlist really helps me to keep up with books I hear about and am interested in reading (and DVDs and CDs as well). When I hear a book mentioned, I go over to amazon.com, look at the comments of other readers, and either add it to my wishlist, or my thinking about it list, or directly to my shopping cart (which also features a handy "save for later" button if I know I want to buy it, but not on that particular purchase day). A fairly new feature is the ability to create more than one wishlist. There is the main list that will come up with my sil or bil search for a gift to buy me, but I now can keep a private list with books I'm thinking about getting, or might just want to check out at the library. That way, when I'm making a trip to the library, and want to pick up a book, instead of wandering through the fiction aisles aimlesses and unguided, I can check out a book that has been personally recommended to me, or matched up to my interests by the almost-too-smart amazon search engine.
Those comments on the amazon items are priceless to me. I trust other booklovers, and especially on a non-fiction book or cookbook, what someone has to say about it will convince me that it's worth my time, or not. In fact, I consult amazon.com for purchases of most items, including a power screwdriver which we bought my father in law. I know nothing about power tools, but by reading the reviews, I was able to ascertain what features were crucial and which ones were superfluous.
I know that all of these things were meant to drive their business, and I'm sure that it has (speaking personally), but the user-friendly helps are something that really make that site work for me.
Are there any wonderful ways that you use that site that you'd like to share with me?