As the National Deals Examiner, I like to check Amazon.com's "Amazon Local" deals often to see what's selling -- and see if there's anything good I want to buy, like the time tons of us consumers grabbed the $5 for $10 Amazon.com gift card deal. Or the free vouchers they sometimes offer, like the one offered recently to purchase a selected Kindle eBook for $1 from the Kindle Store.
This time they've got an interesting deal going on that 2,764 people have already bought: Beginner/Intermediate and Advanced Online Excel Courses sold by Udemy, for $35 -- which represents an 82% or $163 saving ins off the $198 value.
"When it comes to Excel, your skills are so-so," reads the pitch on the Amazon Local page. "Be like your co-workers -- whizzing through pivot tables, crunching data -- when you grab today's deal from Udemy."
I feel very comfortable with Excel -- I use it every single day, be it to track my calories consumed in my food journal, or to balance my checking and business account -- so this is one deal I probably won't avail myself of, but I can see why others might want to, especially if they aren't very adept at the spreadsheet program but would like to bone us their skills in looking for a job or on their current jobs.
This course reminded me of the time I was interviewing at a placement services company that sent people out on jobs back during the days right after I graduated from college. I was comfortable with another spreadsheet program, a pre-Excel one called Lotus 1-2-3, the entire name of the application.
I got a kick out of the woman who told me that the job I sought required knowledge of Lotus, and then she added, "You've got to know 1, 2 and 3," as if they were different versions of the program.
Bless her heart. I didn't tell her the faux pas she'd just made. Anyway, she probably could've done with some spreadsheet lessons herself.
As of this writing, Amazon reports that there are 13 days left on the sale of the Excel courses, with limited quantities available.