Why on earth are you "adding 3" to the time when there is a countdown clock telling you exactly how long it is until each offer is available? When you have a timer that tells you that the deal starts in exactly 3 hours 35 minutes 24 seconds.. who the heck cares if the start time itself is displayed as 1PM PDT or 4PM EDT?
"its so stupid! more people live in the East yet Amazon insist on making us use their dumb timezone "
Aww ... poor little kid. Now that schools is done for the summer, maybe you can ask mommy and daddy to teach you about numbers and how to read a clock. Maybe if you pay attention and learn quickly, you'll have time to work on addition and even subtraction. When you're ready for really advanced topics, they can show you how grown-ups capitalize the first word in a sentence and how to use commas and periods ... but find some time to play outside too; it's summer after all!
While I don't find it all that hard to do the math, I don't really see why an account-specific time zone setting is such an offensive idea. I don't have an east-coast superiority complex; I just think this is something that would benefit people in any time zone. If Amazon can remember every product I've ever bought from them and every review or post I've ever written, then why can't they let me link my account to a certain time zone and remember to add three to the hour displayed for Lightning Deals and forum posts on its own? If it makes things easier for people, then what's the harm? I'm sure the folks in Central and Mountain -- or even other countries -- would appreciate something like this as well.
Sorry, VoG--I'm in Wyoming (Mountain time, since many in the east don't know where it is), and I've got absolutely no problem with the way Amazon conducts their lightning deals. Oh, and when I lived in Korea for 6 years as a teacher at a university, I also had no problem with it. Deal with it or don't buy from here.
I don't have a huge problem with it either, but I just don't see why the idea is met with such hostility. It's obviously confusing to some people, especially people who are new to Lightning Deals and Amazon forums, so I see no reason not to try to alleviate that. For me it's only an extremely minor inconvenience (and I have to add three! GASP), but that's because I'm used to it. I dunno, I guess I'm just more surprised that people are so opposed to anyone even daring to ask for something like this than I am actually motivated to get the problem resolved. You don't have to be a holier-than-thou east coaster to see that it's a problem for at least some people, if only a minor one. Could someone explain why a request for an optional setting like this is so unreasonable?
Voice of god says: "...so I see no reason not to try to alleviate that."
Because it's a pain in the ass and won't alleviate anything. There will always be people complaining. If they put the setting on your account people will ***** when they take a vacation in another time zone and the time still displays their home zone. If they put in the cookies on the computer people will ***** when person from time zone A comes and uses a public computer another person had set to Time Zone B. Then there are the technical issues concerning daylight savings and how it's dates of use, and even using it at all, can vary from state to state, city to city, and country to country (amazon.com does sell and ship globally). Not to mention the fact that those dates can change from year to year depending on the whims of the lawmakers in any given city/state/country. So now they have to keep track of those changes constantly or be at risk of liabilities concerning when the displayed time that a sale starts.
You minimize complaints, work and liability by simply displaying the actual server time from the servers actually running the sale, let the customer work out their local time no matter where in the world they are, AND display a countdown timer so that anyone, anywhere can tell exactly when a sale will start regardless of their ability to tell time and adjust for the time zone they want.