A week ago I swore off ordering books from Amazon
Amazon.com? Talk to a book store owner
The other night while watching this week’s Bill Maher show I found out about this book by Thomas Frank. I enjoy this author, I have What’s The Matter With Kansas.
Oh great I thought, here’s my first chance to get off Amazon’s nipple.
So I go to my local bookstore’s website, check for the book. They have it. Great! I check the price – $28 bucks plus 8% tax, plus $6.95 shipping. It’s been so long that I bought a book at a bookstore, I guess that’s just what books cost now I say to myself. I can pick up the book for free, but then I have to drive 15 miles to get there.
I check Amazon’s price — because they have me by the balls – $18.64, shipped to my door on Tuesday. Fuck me! And, when I order on Amazon the book is in my kindle – no extra charge.
I ordered the book on Amazon.
So here’s my imaginary letter to my local bookstore.
Dear Book Store,
I really want to order from you. I get it, I feel it, I blog about it. Technology might get me too and I’m in the tech business. Amazon had the book for almost half the price you did. I’ll order from you but you gotta meet me half way.
Like so many others, my family is struggling to stay afloat – every penny counts. I can live without the book being in my kindle. But would it be possible for you to lower your price and include free shipping? If so I promise, the next book I order I’ll order from you.