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Initial post: Nov 29, 2009 6:34:05 AM PST
Daniel Flynn says:
Mr "Lightning Deals" are in Pacific time...I'm in Eastern. Mt address is in PA. Anyway to change this so I can stop adding 3 all the time?

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 6:37:28 AM PST
Nope.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 7:08:35 AM PST
Yes please. i live in Virginia and its kinda annoying

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 7:10:26 AM PST
As Wendy said, "Nope." Everything on the site is in Amazon Standard Time (Pacific) and you will have to do the math to figure out your time zone.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 7:11:01 AM PST
Sorry it isn't going to change. Amazon headquarters are in Seattle, WA which is PST. It won't change.

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 6:59:48 AM PDT
W. Young says:
its so stupid! more people live in the East yet Amazon insist on making us use their dumb timezone

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2010 7:10:12 AM PDT
This is how I see it: It's a lot easier to add 1, 2, or 3 to Pacific time than it is to figure out GMT. That would cause brain explosions.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2010 7:14:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2010 7:17:04 AM PDT
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?

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 7:27:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2010 7:44:06 AM PDT
Nanciejeanne says:
Well, EST is THE most important for everything (and usually the standard)...they can make silly attempts (like here) for anyone to care what time it is PST, but no one really does.

BUT JUST MAYBE-- they know that we are smarter here on EST, and can actually do the math...so they put it up the way they do because they don't wanna overtax the brains of the PST people!!!

p.s. this was just a joke-post, don't get all excited and angry because you think Oregon is more important than New York or something! ha ha!

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 7:33:28 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 11, 2010 7:34:54 AM PDT
People are free to move to the west coast to eliminate the annoying, but simple, addition that they find so troublesome when trying to determine the start of the Lightning Deals.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2010 7:41:18 AM PDT
LTSpike says:
"People are free to move to the west coast to eliminate the annoying, but simple, addition"

...or they could make themselves flash cards to practice adding three if it's so difficult for them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2010 7:46:06 AM PDT
Or, they could send me $29.99 for a set of custom flash cards, designed especially for their time zone.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2010 7:51:12 AM PDT
LTSpike says:
"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!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2010 8:03:59 AM PDT
Firefly says:
POI, that was not nice. What makes you think the people on the west coast want these people that make such a mountain out of an insignificant molehill?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2010 8:23:54 AM PDT
>>>
Yes please. i live in Virginia and its kinda annoying
<<<

And the way people on the East Coast think they're the most important time zone in the world isn't annoyng?

"Whaaa whaaa whaaa... We shouldn't have to adapt. Everyone else is suposed to adapt to us!"

And BTW.... Stop calling people in the west before noon. It annoys us in the Pacific Time Zone, but you're really ticking-off the folks in Alaska and Hawaii.

Oh... And Greenwich Mean Time is the real world standard, so get over yourself and your inflated ego over Eastern Time. You're just another one of 23 "other" time zones.

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 8:37:34 AM PDT
greekgirl64 says:
Why do people constantly complain about this? It doesn't bother me in the least. But then again, I only have to add 2, which is way easier than adding 3.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2010 8:39:54 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2010 8:40:07 AM PDT
Hard to believe the world does not revolve around the east coast. Get over it!

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 8:45:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2010 9:23:43 AM PDT
Voice of god says:
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.

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 8:59:47 AM PDT
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.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2010 9:22:42 AM PDT
Voice of god says:
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?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2010 9:35:52 AM PDT
Merry Woman says:
greekgirly64: smiles to you.

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 9:54:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2010 10:07:55 AM PDT
Some people just can't handle change- even if they can do math. They have not learned to master thier emotions yet (June 11, 2010 12:56 PM EDT)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2010 11:21:36 AM PDT
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.
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