Amazon sent a notice today--the 2nd--saying that as of July 1st--um, yesterday--Amazon and Babies R Us/Toys R Us would no longer be in partnership together, and that "as a result of the improvements we'll be making to the site, some products that you specifically feature may be out-of-stock." [Finally, an end to those annoying "in-stock" messages!]
Never mind the hundreds of Amazon/BRU/TRU product links that I combed through all day to see if they were still valid; after all, that's why I get the big Amazon bucks [all ten of them]. But now I notice that because of the switch in Amazon's co-branding partners, almost none of the baby products or toys I saw were eligible for either Amazon's free shipping or Amazon Prime offers. [Amazon Prime members, is this nothing new?]
Also, a lot of the prices are much closer to the MSRP; at least a dozen times, it boasts about how "you save: $0.01"! and "you save: 0.95"! Big whoop. For some items, I've added links to babystyle, which has great service, but is also not a price leader.
So I'm feeling a bit stuck: what are some alternatives for comprehensive, easy-to-use, high-value online shopping that I can link to from daddytypes? I'd like to keep daddytypes as interesting and useful as possible; if I can sock a little away for the kid's college in the process, great, but commissions and affililate programs are not the deciding factor. And while I can't add twenty links to twenty indie baby shops, I don't find Target's site or offerings so great that I want to make them an automatic choice, either. Don't even mention Wal-Mart.
So what's left? Where do you shop online for baby stuff, and should I point other folks there on a regular basis?
[Interestingly, they both took about 4 months to finalize the divorce] 03/06: first Nick & Jessica, now Amazon & Toys R Us