My daughter came home with a list of six books she needs for her “Award Winning Contemporary Literature” class which she just switched into. They are, of course, available for purchase at the school store, for full retail price. 😉
All copies are checked out at the local libraries – and I’ve learned, by now, not to rely on library copies for the kids’ reading assignments, anyway. Invariably, I can’t renew them and they have to be turned back in before the kids are done with them. Or they get lost for a month and we have to pay a fine. It ends up being more trouble than it’s worth.
So, I logged onto Amazon.com to try my luck. Until recently, I’ve only bought new books directly from Amazon, usually because I’m buying them as gifts. But a couple of months ago, when I realized I was down to my last copy of one of my out of print books (Your Kind of Mommy), I was forced to purchase “used” copies from some of the Amazon affiliates. And, overall, it was an OK experience.
I searched for the six books and found all of them. Five were available, used, from Amazon affiliates that qualified for free shipping because they are “fulfilled by Amazon”. I could have purchased them more cheaply from other sources, but then I would have had to pay for shipping and each would have come from a different retailer.
The sixth book is an old one and the only used copies were pretty expensive. Luckily, it’s being reissued in October, and I can get a new copy from Amazon. It’s the last book on Rachel’s reading list, so she won’t need it until November or December.
All six books came to a total of $38.16 with free shipping. I’m betting list price at the school bookstore or at Barnes & Noble would have been twice that! And I know from experience that Barnes & Noble probably wouldn’t have even had half of the books in stock or even available for order. But don’t get me started on that…