I should have smelled trouble when the gold box showed up. I think I remember the gold box from digging through my publisher’s clearing house packet. I’ve finally learned to stop clicking it. All it ever offers me is blenders. Oh, Amazon, I thought you knew me better than that.
The final insult is the message center. I thought, “hey they’ve been managing my friends. Perhaps they have decided to create a special email for Amazonia, the community that has sprung up around people who like the same stuff.” But no, it’s just spam! and does this mean they don’t still send me spam in my regular email box? Nope, it means I get spam everywhere. It’s like getting a big brown box from Amazon, opening it all excited-like, and discovering it’s full of direct mail. bah.