Why I Won’t Buy Books on Amazon

Y’all know I buy from Amazon, but unthinkingly so I reblogged this post to remind me to think about it. I admit that my book sourcing go to list is 1) library, 2) Amazon, 3) used bookstores, and 4) Barnes and Noble. Krystal @Pages Unbound offers good food for book lovers’ thought.

14 thoughts on “Why I Won’t Buy Books on Amazon

  1. hearthie says:

    My go-to tends to be B&N (I have a nook and a B&N account, so thus free shipping on books) and then Amazon. I rarely go to our local libraries for serious reads.

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  2. Robyn says:

    I shop online as often as I can, including Amazon. Mostly because ‘retail’ is taking a swing in postmodern times that I don’t like, so I try to stay away from it as much as possible. I would like to see more authors self-publish without the censoring filters of the bigger publishing houses.

    … still need to mull it over a bit more though.

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  3. Elspeth says:

    I’d love to hear your elaboration on retail taking a swing you don’t like in postmodern times, Robyn.

    Much to my husband’s amusement, I have a lot of thoughts about the consumerist merry go round and how to avoid it. With the exception of very personal items (clothes, shoes, sheets, tubs and toilets for a few examples), I am dogged about trying to avoid the sales tax, and landfill rotation by buying a lot of things via Craiglist or Offer Up.

    I haven’t bought a brand new cell phone in years for instance and my phone is never more than a year or two old. Seriously, where are they putting the old phones we turn in? Are they all being refurbished? doubtful! Cash for cars, even if it means saving for a long, long time to get a decently later model, etc.

    It’s partly the same thing that induces me to use the library or used bookstores as a first line rather than either Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

    The reason I shop (or shopped) Amazon as much as I do is that I have a Kindle. A device which can store thousands of books simultaneously is hard for an avid reader to resist.

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  4. Robyn says:

    I do prefer to use the library as well but, I think I said on another post, most of my books fall into the obscure category, so I end up purchasing the hard copies anyway. Like the one I just started yesterday (which I bought last year) by Danielle Crittenden, What Our Mothers Didn’t tell Us. *great book so far* …. <— not to tease you 😉

    ok, some reasons are personal and some are political:

    With food: I distinguish between retail and the slow-food movement; which just means I buy my food from local farmers whenever I can; more humane plus healthier. I know it's more expensive but in the long run it's actually cheaper because at the end of our lives we'll be healthier and will need less meds etc. Like the "Dead Doctors Don't Lie" say, 'pay me now or pay me later' … either way you're gonna pay. Save for a few exceptions, I buy only "made/grown in Canada" next onto "Made/grown in USA" … next onto any other country that falls under the British Commonwealth (recently though there's an exception to this one too: i don't purchase *anything* from those given over to mass immigration). If it doesn't fit into those categories … we don't eat it. Just yesterday I returned a box of rice crackers to Save-On-Foods because I didn't realize it was made in China. (yuck, just yuck) … instead, I put my guacamole on potatoes grown in Canada.

    I believe it's patriotic to shop as close as you can to where you earn; it's a better plan of longevity for future generations.

    With all other retail, it's the staffing. 1) the service is just crap: People don't embrace the "customer-comes-first-and-without-which-you-won't-have-a-job mentality." If I feel like I'm an inconvenience at a store – I won't ever shop at that location again. I drive by a walmart to get to the one where I'm treated better; it's an extra 7 minutes. 2) it's not a career: Retail was never meant to be a self-supporting job. It has always been 'entry-level' type positions … therefore it's for *STUDENTS* <—not shouty, just annoyed. The occasional mom whose kids have left the nest or people that want to work through their retirement. But the jacking of minimum wage by the government is just wrong; in life you get what you give. And if you don't educate yourself … put more into yourself to achieve higher and more … then you don't get to "have" all the extras as if you did — breeds entitlement. People are lazy and trying to squeeze something from a job that it was never meant to provide. 3) there is an invisible hand that guides the market (and God) it's called Free Enterprise. and when business owners are 'dictated' how much to pay their employees; it's just wrong. So when I do have to go into a store to shop, I use the self checkers as often as i can.

    With the books, media and entertainment; I do use the library but as a try before you buy kind of deal. Yesterday I checked out, Pattern Fitting With Confidence, by Nancy Zieman, (her story's a great one btw; she died last year) … but I will probably buy it because I like my sewing instructions in hard copy; but I will purchase from Amazon, not a retail outlet.

    My husband says it's too hard to be *robyn* lol …. "don't you get tired, my Love?" My response is, no — the way I vote in elections and how I spend our money is how I get MY say.

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  5. Robyn says:

    Also:

    “I haven’t bought a brand new cell phone in years for instance and my phone is never more than a year or two old. Seriously, where are they putting the old phones we turn in? Are they all being refurbished? doubtful! Cash for cars, even if it means saving for a long, long time to get a decently later model, etc.”

    us too!!

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  6. Elspeth says:

    I do a lot of the same things with regard to food purchases, within reason and budget. I can’t sacrifice financial plans, goals, and common sense for locally raised meat. I try to do my part and put at least 25% of my meat/dairy purchases toward those markets to show support, but if I tried to make that the standard fare, we’d have to go vegetarian. For real.

    I actually think you have a point with regard to retail employment, but it’s a limited one. The bigger problem is that the education system does a piss poor job of helping the students who are not college material figure out the best direction to go based on their talents and aptitudes. Parents aren’t much better, to be honest.

    I have seen parents with sons, for instance, who are very hard workers, good with their hands, a knack for solving problems which require loads of common sense (which we don’t value nearly enough), a knack for fixing cars or whatnot, take those boys who hate reading and writing and struggled to get through high school, and send them to college. Because we’ve bought into the notion that dirty work is menial, low-status work.

    Meanwhile, jobs as welders, plumbers, carpenters, and the like are heavily advertised for -I know, I’ve seen it-, offering decent starting pay, and go unfilled. The kids end up dropping out of college and funneled into the retail/service sector where they get sort of stuck. For years, And this is why you have so much talk about living wages at that level.

    We’ve left the reservation, haven’t we?

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  7. Robyn says:

    “I can’t sacrifice financial plans, goals, and common sense for locally raised meat. I try to do my part and put at least 25% of my meat/dairy purchases toward those markets to show support, but if I tried to make that the standard fare, we’d have to go vegetarian.”

    LOL, I’m guessing your man wouldn’t be down with that … nor would mine! Your kids are young yet. The less mouths you have the more you can put towards it. Our oldest has moved out. We still have 2 adult females here, but they both have their own incomes and tend to do a lot on their own … “Daddy” covers most of their monthly living expenses, but in honesty, I gear most of our expensive meat dishes to the two nights a week we eat together. We all get healthy portion sizes of good quality. For the others, our portions are quite small; if they want more they have to provide it for themselves … until they have their own husbands. I stock the fridge and when it’s gone … it’s gone.

    Agreed and agreed about the education system and much of the current parenting. To add insult to injury; the education mentality is keeping our boys (and girls, but mostly boys) in ‘sports’ too long after the school day. And then there’s the parents that think their kid is going to be the next Wayne Gretzky. Boys (girls too) should be learning to work for a living, you know, learning REAL life, instead of ‘playing’ at life and staying an ‘adolescent’ …. forever. Playing is what summer vacation is for …. every summer for 4 years — that’s enough make-belief time away from real life. (ok sorry, just slipped into a rant there) 😉

    “Because we’ve bought into the notion that dirty work is menial, low-status work.”

    Yep … We need many more Mike Rowes!!

    “The kids end up dropping out of college and funneled into the retail/service sector where they get sort of stuck. For years, And this is why you have so much talk about living wages at that level.”

    D is at a management level now and is living through how hard it is to find young men that want to actually WORK for a living. They are very entitled and don’t want to get their hands dirty; nor do they need to — “momsie” pays for everything. It’s part of the reason he specializes in lean manufacturing and automation …. there’s not enough skilled hands with a good work ethic. He’s been in industry since he was 16 — 40 years! (yep a highschool dropout. one of the lucky ones that wasn’t feminized by the education system) For the last 40 years he’s experienced the west losing, losing, losing our manufacturing and financial power. The plume from the industrial revolution is going to fade and with it … our power, health and wealth for our way of life in the West.

    “We’ve left the reservation, haven’t we?”

    yup. livin’ in the Matrix now. There is something terribly wrong about a man driving a 70K truck and still living at home. It might be their ‘reality’ but it sure isn’t the ‘truth’.

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  8. hearthie says:

    I found out today that my BFF didn’t know that polyester was made out of oil… -sigh- She said that might change her shopping patterns.

    We eat standard meat, but we eat a LOT of meat, so that would get pricey quickly. I won’t buy food from China excepting dried mushrooms or something that would properly come from China. What the heck is it with garlic? Did Gilroy go out of business? I don’t get that. And honey? Why??? I won’t buy it. I eat pastured eggs, either from one of the coaches or pay a premium at the store. Likewise highest quality dairy. From cows not eating candybars (again, what is the world thinking?)

    Every fiber of my being wants to move somewhere I can be closer to my food and away from perpetual pollution. I don’t know if God will open that door or not, but OH how badly I want it.

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  9. hearthie says:

    I want to do a huge rant about the unsustainability of a world system that has chosen cheap/fast over healthy/quality/beauty, but I think y’all already can sing that song. So I’ll just go have a shower instead.

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  10. Robyn says:

    I do NOT know what’s with the garlic either!!

    I had a whole freezer bag full of pre-roasted and tossed it when I found out. Of course, I had to go buy the equal amount of local and re-roast and freeze …. (I put it in almost everything LOL)

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