And you were worried about NSA surveillance:
Here’s how it works: based on the company’s (Amazon–ed.) substantial database that includes customers’ previous orders, product searches, wish lists and online shopping cart contents, Amazon will determine which items customers are expected to want to buy, and then ship those products to warehouses geographically closer to those customers. Even a customer’s mouse lingering over an item is catalogued and could be used to anticipate demand, the company says.
If you think this sounds a little terrifying — that a company to which you’ve unwittingly handed over reams of detailed, personal information about yourself is now taking that very information to essentially get inside your head and anticipate what you’re going to do before you’re even aware of it yourself — don’t worry, you’re right! And Amazon knows you think that!
They are stopping short of just shipping you stuff and billing your credit card.