Amazon URL shortening

A friend who used to work at Amazon gave me at tip about how to shorten their URLs.

For example, here is a standard URL to an Amazon item:

To browse to the item, you don't need the last two portions of the url, the /ref=...
part. So if you want to have a shorter URL for sending around, you can just send this

This satisfies the obsessive-compulsive part of my brain immensely.

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