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- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: Amazon.com
- From: Virginia Turnbull <virginia@DNET.NET>
- Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 01:39:28 -0600
- Message-Id: <199801100640.WAA15690@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "Book_Arts-L: The list for all the book arts!" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
I've been following this with interest because I live in a very rural place
that's at least 2 hours from the nearest shopping mall.
This area is blessed with a small mom-and-pop book store whose major stock
is second-hand paperbacks with a few new hardbacks mixed in. However, they
will order any book you want, and if you have your order in by 10 on
Monday, they'll generally have the book for you by noon on Wednesday. And
95% of the stuff they order they sell at a 20% discount. Since there are
no shipping fees, they are very competitive with people like Amazon. They
have a thriving business that is well supported locally (as it should be).
My point is that small businesses can compete successfully with large ones
if they offer good service and prices.
> From: Ron Yost <musik@TCSN.NET>
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
> Subject: Re: Amazon.com
> Date: Friday, January 09, 1998 11:50 PM
> Amen, Kerrie! :)
> My so-called 'mom-and-pop' bookstore is run by the most rude people
> you can imagine .. added to which they buy from ONE supplier .. if
> that one doesn't stock it they go to NO 'trouble' at all to help
> me find the book I'm searching for. Oh, and I have the privilege
> of paying at least 30% more into the bargain. Hardly a scenario
> to elicit sympathy from me.
> I will always buy locally .. when possible. I do not enjoy being
> taken advantage of by 'local' businesses, however. "Amazon" is
> thriving because they provide the SERVICE and pricing folks like
> me desire.
> If you have a local mom-and-pop, full-service bookseller, by all
> means patronize them. You are very fortunate, and I am *very*
> envious. :)
> Ron Yost
> Paso Robles, Calif.
> At 04:16 7:24 PM 1/9/98 -0800, you wrote:
> > R Starr wrote to remind us that small bookstores need our
> >business. But please remember that no matter how sympathetic we are
> >some of us are on very tight budgets and simply can't afford to pay
> >several times the price of something just to help out a store. Amazon
> >gives 30% discounts for new hardcover books. I honestly can't afford to
> >buy them locally for full price if I can get a 30% discount online.
> >Same w/ many other books. I honestly can't afford to spend 30% more
> >just to help out a store. I'm unemployed & have financial problems of
> >my own. And I suspect others are in the same situation sympathetic to
> >the small bookstore but unable to pay 30% extra to help it when we have
> >financial problems of our own.
> > Love,
> > Kerrie