I decided to write this posting based on something that happened to me this weekend and in the past as well.
It is no Secret that I buy books, A Lot of books. In may Alone I think I bought about 10-15 books. I buy my books either online @ amazon.com or at my local bookstore The book Spot.
I decided to give you my own personal Pros and Cons of Amazon vs The Book Store. First the back story! This past week I ordered 4 books on Amazon 2 of them were supposed to be delivered to me on Sunday (Yeah, the USPS really does ship priority packages on Sunday. I didn't know either) Anyways I went online after checking my mail 3x (Yes, I was highly anticipating these books) and my packages said they were DELIVERED! What?!?!?! I hadn't received any packages they must be mistaken. I called my post office and the worse possible thing happened. They have no Idea where my packages are. Now If this were the first time this has happened to me I would understand, BUT this is the 6th YES, I said 6th package they lost of mine. How the heck do they lose 6 packages in a 3 month period? Now I understand this personally isn't amazon's issue but it is something that can happen when ordering online. So this my friends is why I have decided to write this posting for you.
Pros of buying from Amazon:
- You can browse between new and used books (Sometimes you can find books for .01 cent plus shipping)
- If you have amazon prime you get free shipping!
- Amazon Price matches
- From experience Amazon customer service is GREAT. Anytime I have lost a package or a book has been damaged they have been quick to send me a replacement or refund me if the book was from a seller.
- They have a bargain/deal section and sometimes the deals are Excellent. I got bloodlines new for $2.00 with Prime shipping because a seller had accidentally over ordered the book.
- Pre-order Option (this can also be a con check #2 in Cons)
Cons of Buying From Amazon:
- The possibility of a book being lost or misdelivered
- Waiting for a highly anticipated book to be shipped can be nerve racking. Sometimes If you pre-order a book it does not Come to you on the date it comes out. Once I pre-ordered a Book I didn't receive it for 2 weeks after the date it was released UGH
- You don't get the warmth of a bookstore and the availability to browse and smell rows and rows of books
- No personal contact with the bookstore owners
- I like getting personal recommendations from my bookstore owner and with Amazon you only get their automated recommendations.
- I once had a seller who didn't send my book and when amazon tried getting a hold of them they couldn't so they just refunded me my money. That's probably my worse experience it was a whole ordeal and I had to file like 3 different forms and it was just overwhelming.
Pros of buying from a Bookstore/Local bookstore:
- You get the your book the same day
- you get the opportunity to browse shelves and just surround yourself with books
- you get one on one personal contact with the owners (I LOVE my local bookstore owners, heck I even know their anniversary and they sold me my car)
- At my local bookstore I can browse new and used books. If you shop at Barnes and Nobles they usually have a clearance section or specials on books
- The local bookstore I shop at holds author signings so if I miss it I can go in and ALWAYS find their books autographed.
- I can turn in books I've read and get credits toward my next book purchase
- some book stores like Half Price and my local bookstore have a clearance section and you can find books between .50cents and $1.00. Every hard back I own and I own around 50 I have gotten for 1 dollar. I think I have paid full price for 2 and that's because I absolutely had to have them when they first came out.
- My personal bookstore holds these sidewalk sales and they give you bags and what you do is fill up the bag with as many books as you can and its 5 bucks (A lot of places in the US have book sales you just have to find them I will link the website here Book Sale Finder in your state)
Cons of Buying From a Bookstore:
- Most bookstores don't do price match so sometimes your stuck buying a book full price
- Sometimes if you live in a smaller town they don't have a bookstore so you have to travel 30miles to find one.
- There are times the bookstore doesn't have what you want in stock :( (now at a local bookstore you can ask them to order the book for it and they usually will, At Barnes and Noble the book has to be in demand for them to order a book. Half price will usually check all their stores for you to check and see if they have it in stock)
Yes, even though I have had these experiences with Amazon I still go back, but ONLY because I have amazon Prime and get free shipping. I usually do 93% of my book shopping at my local bookstore.
OK everyone so these are my opinions from personal experience. If anyone has any opinions or experiences with either Amazon or a Bookstore please feel free to chime in. I would love to hear your own personal experiences with either one.