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The 1Q Amazon Report

Well, I think it’s pretty clear what the most expensive item you guys bought from Amazon through the site during the first three months of 2008: it made us so happy, we’ve already blogged about it.

But what were the most popular items, i.e. the ones that had the most repeat sales?

Well, by far that honor goes to Richard Simmons.

Richard Simmons

No, I’m serious. Various flavors of Sweatin’ to the Oldies were purchased. Not to mention related titles like Disco Sweat and 60s Blast Off. On DVD and VHS, even. Plus some Simmons-branded exercise clothing. No shit. Hey, if the site (or Dindrane’s review of Sweatin’ to the Oldies) inspires you to get in some exercise, we say go for it. Lord knows we’re parked on our butts enough here where we could use some.

Second place goes to the play Arsenic and Old Lace. We can only figure it was bought for a classroom, since so many copies were purchased.

We figure the same thing for the book of Lord of the Flies, which comes in third.

Fourth place goes to Horatio Hornblower: The Collector’s Edition, which was at fourth the last time we did one of these. (I forgot to do one for the second half of 2007! I’m such a buffoon.)

Fifth place? This is another interesting one: Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia. And apparently we’re not the only site that thinks it’s popular: Amazon has over 1300 reviews for the title by the time I write this. Wow.

Some people actually bought my books through the site. Bless you, each and every one of you. As always, we appreciate it when you buy anything from your usual haunts via the site because we get the kickbacks, and the kickbacks help pay for our spiffy server, our coffee and my therapy. The more you do that, the closer I get to killing my day job and inflicting this craziness on you full time.