Amazon policy change

Word is getting out about an Amazon policy change that’s about to hit, and I wanted to be clear about what this change is… and more vitally, what it isn’t.

  • Amazon is eliminating their 30-day price guarantee. Up until now, if you ordered something, Amazon shipped it, and a couple weeks later you discovered that Amazon had dropped the price by a couple bucks, you could get a refund of the difference. Not many folks were aware of this, and you actually had to apply for it. Anyway, this policy ends starting with items ordered tomorrow (so if you had some big purchase planned – say, an $850 42-inch Panasonic plasma screen TV – make it today and get your 30 days!)
  • Amazon is not eliminating their pre-order price guarantee. Under this, if you preorder an item that hasn’t been released yet, and the price drops some time before it’s actually released, you get the lower price. This is vital to us here at, because I encourage folks to preorder books, so that they order it while it’s still in mind and get it as soon as possible. Amazon doesn’t always include the discount when upcoming projects are first listed, but with this policy, that doesn’t mean you have to hold off ordering.

So you can continue preordering things (say, next month’s Complete Peanuts boxed set) with comfort!

An unexpected Snoopy sighting

So I’m sitting here in pain from wiping out on my bicycle today, looking for some comfort viewing on TV. I start streaming¬†Cybill, the 1990s sitcom created by Chuck Lorre as a vehicle for Cybill Shepherd. In episode 2, Cybill-the-character is sitting with her ex-husband talking about their impending grandparenthood, …

Peanuts sightings in Japan

I’m still recovering from the cold that I picked up in Japan (which luckily didn’t strike fully until I was¬† back), but here are a few stray things that I saw while there. A vending machine of Snoopy charms. (There were also similar “Gacha capsule” machines with three Snoopy figures.) …

Free Comic Book Day tomorrow

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow (Saturday, May 4, 2019) is Free Comic Book Day. At most comic shops in the US and Canada (and many elsewhere), you can walk in and get free comic books, no purchase needed. Some shops will give you just one or two, others will …