Short-form Amazon URLs

I've found the following short format works well for pointers to Amazon merchandise. It is certainly much more compact than the URLs you'll get by cutting and pasting from your browser window. The format is:

http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/XXXXXXXX

where XXXXXXXX is the ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number) or ISBN (International Standard Book Number) of the item, which you will find on the item's description page.

For example, the ASIN of a random object of desire like the Sony KDL-46XBR2 46" Bravia XBR 1080p LCD HDTV is B000H6I7EI, and so the compact reference would be http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000H6I7EI.

Comments:

Nice. URL esthetics are very important.

Though there is something to be said for the "useless" info that Amazon tacks on, which will identify the product even if the URL no longer works:
http://www.amazon.com/Mustang-MV-TILT3-Mount-Adjustable-50-inches/dp/B000F5K3Y8
You can put what you want there...:
http://www.amazon.com/Hi Josh/dp/B000F5K3Y8

Posted by Kai on December 09, 2006 at 05:19 AM EST #

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