Archive | July 16, 2015

I Get Parts For My Jaguars From “Jagbits” — Who Else?

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by Anura Guruge

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Click to access their magical, ‘Open Sesame’ Website. Treasure trove for Jaguar lovers.

I guess I have known about ‘Jagbits’ for some time now — even ahead of getting my first Jaguar, the burgundy red XJ8 from (eBay) “European-Cars“.

I had called them up when I was looking for XJ8s asking about parts for the moonroof because I had found a red XJ8L in Maine with an unretractable moonroof. ‘Gary’ was very helpful.

Then when I got an XJS, ‘Dewey’ the owner, a hardcore enthusiast who did a lot of the work on it himself, sent me a long e-mail with a list of repairs I should get done — money and time permitting. Against each one he had a link to the parts I would need. Each link went to Jagbits!

Last week I ordered the first two parts: a transmission mount kit and a subframe mount for the rear suspension. I was told just to get a bushing for the transmission. It was $17 at Jagbits. I have been around the block enough to know that that didn’t seem right. I called Jagbits. Got Gary again (and I have since learned that his full name is ‘Gary Ilcyn’.) I explained what I was looking for. He knew right away what I was talking about. He told me that they sold a kit with a spring and other stuff — all of which should be replaced if you were taking it all apart for the bushing. That made sense. They were offering free shipping of orders more than $125. So I went ahead and ordered the 2nd item on the e-mail. So I now got free shipping.

I had the parts, FedEx, within 2 days. Excellent service.

I am hooked. I don’t see a need to go anywhere else for my Jag bits. I am sold on Jagbits.

So this is a wholehearted ENDORSEMENT of Jagbits and Gary Ilcyn by a very committed Jag nut (who even owns shares in Tata Motors the owners of Jags).


Amazon Prime Is Worth $99/Year For ‘Instant Video’ — Irrespective Of “Prime Day”.

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by Anura Guruge

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I dragged my heels for years before I finally broke down and signed up for Amazon Prime earlier this year. I got it mainly for the free 2-day shipping. I got fed up of waiting 10 days to get the non-Prime free shipping from Amazon (on orders above $35 (used to be $25)).

Soon afterwards, totally independently and with Amazon Prime not a consideration, we got a Roku 3. Then we discovered Amazon Prime Instant Video. Hundreds oamazonprimef FREE movies and TV shows — including “Downton Abbey”, “Mr. Selfridge” etc. We were hooked. We definitely have got our monies worth just on the videos and we use the free shipping at least three or four times a week. That I just saw that they have the Jim Corbett “India: Kingdom of the Tiger” is just an added bonus. As a pre-teenager, in Ceylon, I discovered the Jim Corbett tiger hunting books. I read every one of them. I still have one copy from the 1960s in my “most favorite of books” display shelf! So Amazon Prime has worked for us. I haven’t used the music download capability but Devanee has started using it over the last few weeks. So that is another plus. The free Kindle sharing thing is a sham! Only works IF you have a Kindle device. That is naughty.

I did ‘waste’ an hour or so looking at ‘stuff’ during today’s “Amazon Prime” day. Yes, I will confess that I really didn’t need anything per se today and that was probably a major factor. There were some interesting and fairly well priced items. But they weren’t compelling enough. I don’t think that was entirely Amazon’s fault. I just wasn’t in the mood. The one DSLR camera they had was not of interest.

But, I will be an Amazon Prime customer for years to come. That I am an Amazon shareholder is also a factor. The Amazon share performance this year has more than paid for the $99 I needed for the membership.

I try not to buy from Yes, I do shop Walmart brick-and-mortar. But is NOT Amazon. For online shopping Amazon is trumps.

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