Recently, Amazon came under fire yet again and people decided that they weren't going to buy from Amazon at all. I'm all for supporting local business but not buying things from Amazon at all? Feasibility and practicality become issues, especially in this economy.
As a college student, I like to save money. I've signed up for Qdoba Rewards, MyPanera and so many other programs as well in an attempt to save money. Stores with student discounts? Hello, new best friend! Like so many of my friends and college students in general, I have Amazon Prime. It's a life saver when I've ran out of shampoo since the closest Target is a 30 minute bus ride away. Sometimes, ain't nobody got time fo' dat.
However, Amazon does put my beloved indie bookstores bankrupt because there is no way they can compete with Amazon prices. I'm not going to lie, I've been accustomed to Amazon book prices for a while and whenever I see a full-priced book, I cringe a little inside. My wallet!
That said, however, when I went to my local indie bookstore, I did pay full price for Where'd You Go, Bernadette. It's the experience of indie bookstores that I love, not the purchase itself. My wallet though, does not like the purchase. A dilemma, then.
I read a relatively recent article about the indie bookstore that I went to where the owner said that she competed with Amazon by not competing with it. She said that customers know what they want and they buy 50% of books from her bookstore and the other 50% from Amazon. To me, it's a solution to the dilemma between my love of indie bookstores and my need to save money. Win-win, right?
While Amazon does offer low prices and thereby driving out the competition to the ground, to a certain extent, low prices do promote literacy. People who may not have the means to buy books can buy books at a drastically reduced price and they can buy more books for the same amount of money.
Also, if you're shopping on Amazon , shop through smile.amazon.com instead of the normal Amazon, where a portion of your purchase price goes to the charity of your choosing. The prices and products offered are the same and the only thing that's different is that a part of your purchase price goes to charity. Awesome, right?
What are your thoughts on Amazon and indie bookstores? Do you prefer one over the other?