KILKENNY -- It's 90 minutes before the shops open for the weekend in my medieval city but I'm not a buyer because I've spent my pocket money powershopping Amazon. That's normal for me--I'll follow links into magazines, CDs and special offers and warm up my credit card with nearly €100 of purchases before finishing my morning coffee. I like early 90s tracks and often buy the CDs to fill out a memory sparked while listening to Yahoo! Launchcast. I'd try the same thing in Irish shops, but with the crowds on a Saturday and the gridlock on the third world roads I have an incentive to shop online where I can find CDs for less than $10. Add the postage and I often have new content for my iPod while spending less than €10. I would buy Irish but I don't often encounter an Irish merchant in the Amazon system. I wonder if the mom and pop Irish shops know they're missing an easy mark who could live right around the corner? I'll continue looking for them but I haven't found them in the Amazon shopping circuit yet. In the meantime, I get my music at less than €1 a track, the Exchequer gets no revenue from my purchase, and cynics can point to my experience as further evidence of Ireland sitting well below the first tier of broadband countries.