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Cyber Monday: Thanks to the Reader Who Bought the $200 Lego Set From Amazon!

Posted on | December 2, 2013 | 31 Comments


Today is “Cyber Monday,” the biggest online shopping day of the year, when people who didn’t find what they wanted on Black Friday go on the Internet and order from my Amazon Associates links. This has become such a phenomenon, “60 Minutes” reported about it:

If you have ever wondered what happens after you’ve clicked and placed an order on Amazon, take a look. If there is such a thing as Santa’s workshop, this would be it.
A 1.2 million square foot distribution center, the size of more than 20 football fields, gearing up for the holiday shopping season.
There are 96 of these warehouses worldwide, what Amazon calls fulfillment centers. Tomorrow, on what is known as Cyber Monday, it’s expected that more than 300 items a second will be ordered on Amazon.

Of course, not everyone who shops at Amazon does so through the links on this blog, but lots of readers do, and one of those readers bought  the “LEGO Creator Town Hall,” which has 2,766 pieces and costs $199.95. This is yet another example of those “Things You Can Buy at Amazon That I Didn’t Even Know Existed.”

Lego Creator series includes other projects like the Palace Cinema (2,196 pieces) and the Grand Emporium (2,182 pieces), so that you could build an entire Lego village. And here are a few other examples of items recently purchased via our Amazon links:

  • Keurig K-Cup Home Brewer — This is the single-cup brewing system where each cup is always fresh and there’s never a mess, because the coffee comes in pre-packaged K-cups. If you order this for someone special, you may also want to order the K-Cup Carousel and a 35-cup variety sampler of coffees and teas.
  • The Day The Universe Changed – A five-disk nine-hour documentary series in which BBC historian James Burke “looks at times when new knowledge or discoveries has altered that thinking and explores the cultural changes those discoveries effected.”



The vast selection at Amazon offers endless gift opportunities. Just click a link and shop around. You get free shipping on most orders over $35, and we get a small commission at no cost to you.


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  • rmnixondeceased

    Capitalism at work!

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  • LeMonJames

    You absolutely read my mind.

  • CDM

    I heartily recommend “The Day the Universe Changed”. I watched this on PBS back in the 80′s and was blown away at the examination between technology, history and society.

    Of course, it’s a pleasure to watch James Burke, tongue planted firmly in cheek, describe step by step how one thing led to another wholly unexpected outcome. Like how an invention in the 15th century took away our memories. Or how mathematics led to modern medicine. How the Council of Trent led to Isaac Newton.

    Buy it and you’ll be in for a treat. And throw Stacy a commission while you’re at it.

  • Steve Skubinna

    I wandered into a LEGO Store a few months ago. I had never even suspected such things existed and can’t imagine how my mother would have responded to them, had they been extant when I was a lad. She either would have bent her will to concealing them from me, on the grounds that the family couldn’t afford to let me loose in one, or she would have recognized them as a boon and dropped me and my siblings off at one for the day as an ersatz day care center (none of which really existed back then, being freed from responsibility for your children not having yet been declared a right).

    I am now torn between old timer grousing at all the fancy accessories and pieces kids have today that we did without or constructed workarounds for, or frank admiration at the amazing variety of options and styles available. While I’d like to insist upon the purity of the LEGO experience and insist these new pieces ruin creativity, I have to admit that I would have sold my little brother in exchange for some of these new sets.

    And I am somewhat jealously wondering if a 57 year old fat bald guy can maybe buy a few without raising eyebrows among the clientele. “They’re not for me, of course – ha ha! I’m getting these for my nephews!”

  • Quartermaster

    Burke did the PBS series “Connections” back in the 70s which delve into how things have developed from earlier inventions and discoveries. I don’t remember the number of episodes.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Alright…I can’t take the pressure…I admit it: it was I who bought it. Mrs. B’s birthday gift to me. I can’t wait to see it again [I also bought for her a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, like the one in the Special].

  • Bob Belvedere

    I’ve been tempted.

    Back in the 70′s, I used my sets to construct a replica of Dealey Plaza – didn’t need no stinkin’ fancy pieces.

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