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ceemike

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Amazon's army of retired temps
« on: December 21, 2011, 08:12:51 PM »
Here's an interesting article about RVers who work in Amazon warehouses during the Christmas selling season. 

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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2011, 08:17:30 PM »
Amazon.com has a large presence at RV rallies, recruiting workers. We looked seriously at taking this on but their locations are just too darn cold in December for us poor snowbirds :)
 
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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2011, 08:33:57 PM »
Wendy:


That's why they pay so good.

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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2011, 08:36:04 PM »
their locations are just too darn cold in December for us poor snowbirds :)

Wendy, I wondered about that when I saw 2 of the locations were in KY & KS.  Kansas just got dumped on by a blizzard.  That can't be fun if you're in an RV. 

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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2011, 08:37:54 PM »
Mike:


How about Reno. 8)

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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2011, 08:51:13 PM »
How about Reno. 8)
Jeff,

34°F?  I don't think so.   ;D

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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2011, 08:54:07 PM »
I read that Amazon has a distribution center near Phoenix, and they hired some work campers this year.

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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2011, 09:32:30 PM »
I've never seen them recruiting for Phoenix and one of the recruiters told us that you sort of have to take one of the cold places and get experience before they'll give you the plush Phoenix warehouse.
 
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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2011, 11:29:07 PM »
AMZN better treat the RV folks well, or we will shop elsewhere!!!!
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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2011, 11:23:56 AM »
The RVers we've talked to who have done the Amazon gig say that it's very hard work, on your feet all day, but the pay is very, very good, especially if you stay the whole season. Several said that they made enough extra $$ in 2 months to last them the whole year. We decided our feet and legs wouldn't hold up to 10 hour days on our feet. Not to mention living in the Sightseer in a cold place.
 
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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2011, 02:36:20 PM »
AMZN better treat the RV folks well, or we will shop elsewhere!!!!

I dunno.  An online purchase with Amazon gives us our product the  very next day.  We are close enough to Phoenix that the one day thing is consistent.  Amazon also  usually has the item at the lowest price we can find.   I just ordered some eye make up remover lotion.  It was only $6 and came the next day.  I can't afford to drive  to the store, park and all,  for that kind of service.  They also give us free shipping because  The Amazon Prime club.  Whoo hooo

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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2011, 03:22:25 PM »
I dunno.  An online purchase with Amazon gives us our product the  very next day.  We are close enough to Phoenix that the one day thing is consistent.  Amazon also  usually has the item at the lowest price we can find.   I just ordered some eye make up remover lotion.  It was only $6 and came the next day.  I can't afford to drive  to the store, park and all,  for that kind of service.  They also give us free shipping because  The Amazon Prime club.  Whoo hooo

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I was kinda kidding...  AMZN even offered to bid against the brick/mortar stores via cell phone quotes with a standing offer of $5 less than the price in the store.  Bezos is tough...  and I thought Kindle was a combination of Kind and Gentle.
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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2011, 03:38:58 PM »
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and I thought Kindle was a combination of Kind and Gentle

Nope, it's Kindle as in start a fire, and it certainly has done that :)
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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2011, 08:49:51 PM »
There was a story about this on All Things Considered (NPR) today.

A link to the streaming story:

http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=144149775&m=144151504

It's a short listen.

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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2011, 07:23:32 AM »
My baby brother worked on a Christmas tree farm one season and came home very day telling stories about watching the kids pick out a tree and he said he "felt a little closer to Christmas" that year than ever before.  I wonder if the seasonal Amazon workers get the same feeling or if their knees just hurt!
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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2011, 08:33:00 AM »
I know folks that have done the Amazon thing.  Some loved it others said it was too much work for old folks.  The other negative I head was in KS they had them camped at city park which ended up a bit of a quagmire that year.  Muddy, hose run everywhere, and pumping trucks making rounds.  Oh, and cold. 

Granted it is cold here and was cold at Grand Canyon, but I prefer my gig.

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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #16 on: December 26, 2011, 09:53:59 PM »
Where in Kansas is the Amazon opportunity for 2012.  We have Grandkids up there and we
will likely be there for Christmas.  Up side is I can plug into my Son In Law's 50 amp service.  8) 8) 8)

Might be something I would be interested in, since I will likely be there anyway.
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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #17 on: December 27, 2011, 02:05:43 AM »
They are building a center in Chattanooga it wasn't that bad last winter.
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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2011, 08:55:32 AM »
They are putting two centers in Virginia - not very far from each other.  See http://progress-index.com/news/amazon-com-coming-to-dinwiddie-chesterfield-with-1-350-jobs-1.1248639#axzz1hqE93Nq8.
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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2011, 09:06:27 AM »
Where in Kansas is the Amazon opportunity for 2012.  We have Grandkids up there and we
will likely be there for Christmas.  Up side is I can plug into my Son In Law's 50 amp service.  8) 8) 8)

Might be something I would be interested in, since I will likely be there anyway.

Amazon's distribution center in Kansas is in Coffeyville, which is in south eastern Kansas.

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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #20 on: December 28, 2011, 11:36:59 AM »
Bill, I met your NH friend that works Lazy Days in FL and Tucson at LD yesterday. He gave me the tour of the campground including the dog park and back trail in an elec cart. He didn't get to work Amazon this year as LD called and wanted him and his daughter on 11/1. She's working in the CG.

I'am look forward to staying there for several nights.
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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2012, 10:36:37 PM »
Hey Bill, Janet and Richard here!  We tried the Amazon thing in KY this fall and lasted 2 weeks.  When we started the 10 hr shift on our feet with a breakroom (the only place to get off our feet)  nearly 1/4 mile away it was too much for us and we left.  Saw lots of people older than us, able to handle it OK though.  Guess we are just getting soft working for the book store last summer.  Have a good year.  Hope the new position goes well.  We are in Quartzsite for the winter and haven't decided what to do this summer.
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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2012, 11:14:15 PM »
Hey!  That Amazon thig I think requires Amazons to handle the job.  Good to see you here!  Winter here at Old Faothful is great, having fun getting it done.  Enjoy Q, and join in with the folks here when the rally happens, you will love it.

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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2012, 06:55:22 AM »
Been there....done that.  Gonna do it again this year.  It's work no doubt, lots of time on your feet and moving a a good pace, BUT...you get breaks, it's only four days a week,  it's only three months, and it keeps you in shape people.  Surely you can work hard for three months for the money they pay? plus they pay you're RV rent, you get employee discount on anything Amazon sells, AND....you get a bonus if you complete the enitre season.  None of the three locatations of Fernley NV (Reno), KS, and KY get super cold (normally) until after Christmas and we'll be back in Yuma after that.  Buck up cowboys and cowgirls.....your're retired....what else you got to do?  Don't forget tho...drug testing and a minor physical to make sure you're not going to vapor lock on them.
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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2012, 08:59:23 AM »
Vapor lock.  That's funny.  I like that.  Since I'm newly retired and new RVer to boot, the Chattanooga location or Kentucky has some appeal.  Especially earning enough to pay expenses the rest of the year.  I'm going to check this out.  Thanks.  Most interesting thread.
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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2012, 01:34:59 AM »
It took me a while to find this website, so, here it is.
http://www.workamper.com/featuredEmployersFolders/153589/

This is where one can apply for Amazon's CamperForce program, for workamping at the 3 usual locations, Fernley, NV, Coffeyville, KS, and Campbellsville, KY.
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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2012, 11:40:25 PM »
I met a couple who worked at Amazon last winter. He loved it, she hated it. He grabbed all the overtime and made a bloody fortune.  She did the minimal hours and hated it. But he was a pretty active person, she was more the sit around and whine type. He wanted to go back this year, I have no idea if they will stay married as she was fighting not to go back and he was saying it was such a good gig.

They said Amazon was a bit shocked that after the first week, many workampers left and they were scrambling to find replacements. According to this couple, some just left without even telling Amazon, just packed up the RV and drove away in the night.

I had all their literature and looked into it, the jobs were spelled out pretty thoroughly, I knew I couldn't keep up in my condition so I didn't apply, but I loved the idea of making enough to travel the rest of the year. They used to offer part time work, which I applied for, at one point, but they told me by phone they weren't offering anymore part time work due to the high rate of deserters and they seriously wanted couples, not singles, to maximize their RV lots.

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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #27 on: September 25, 2012, 02:44:49 PM »
I worked in KY. for two seasons with Amazon and they wanted me back for a third and I am single.
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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #28 on: September 25, 2012, 05:09:59 PM »
One of the couples working for me this summer is heading to NV to Amazon. 

It is not for everyone as evidenced by the previous posted couple, but if you can take it, I guess it can be worth it.

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Re: Amazon's army of retired temps
« Reply #29 on: September 26, 2012, 06:59:32 PM »
My application was reviewed but not selected. The goes my weight loss plan. Sigh. :)
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