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From: MegaMole
Newsgroups: alt.fan.pratchett,rec.music.filk
Subject: [I]PAQs. (Filk)
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 21:54:26 +0000

In view of the recent interesting prices of things on Amazon, this mole felt it was time to put pen to paper again (or cursor to EditPlus).

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/03/19/no_legal_recourse_for_buyers/, http://www.silicon.com/management/government/0,39024677,10003396,00.htm and associated articles may prove enlightening.

TTTO BHotR (oh, come on)...The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Mine eyes have seen the cock-ups on the automated site,
With a look of stunned amazement - was the price of that thing right?
And I ordered several vanfuls while Jeff Bezos' face turned white,
From that crazy Ama-zon!

Yes, that really was an iPaq for just 7.32,
And they even sold a bigger one for silly money too,
Would you look at all the features - all that Bluetooth just for you -
In the sale at Ama-zon...

A chatroom told me this was true - I quickly went and looked,
Then I clicked the confirmation and I saw my order booked,
And I emailed all my colleagues - soon the office staff were hooked,
By that crazy Amazon!

Then straight away the Register, and then the BBC,
And Silicon, and Slashdot, and the main sites for IT,
Began to spread the news about this tiny little fee
For iPaqs at Amazon.

But two or three hours later - yes, there had to be a catch -
We saw the company spokesmen try to crawl out of it (natch)
"The contract isn't binding yet - it has to reach dispatch",
Said the drones from Amazon.

OK, upon reflection, time is all that we have lost,
But lawyers, please locate the bin in which our rights were tossed;
'Cos when you advertise a price, you'll have to count the cost;
Sort your lives out, Amazon.


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