Robert Doucette: “Although I also admire Amazon.com, I have stopped buying from them in favor of a site called positively-you.com. I love the site for many reasons. It was run from the spare bedroom of a college professor in Iowa who started it because he loves books. They were profitable from the first day (their fixed costs are about $150/mo). And, best of all, you can donate 10% of your purchase price to any charity you want. Why would you buy books from anyone else?”
Well, perhaps because others charge less?
Barry Basden: “Go to http://www.bestbookbuys.com and look up a title. You may find a delivered price even cheaper than the booksamillion club price.”
The title I tried this on showed booksamillion.com as the cheapest of the bunch — $10.97 delivered (46% off the price of a paperback), vs. $14.35 at Amazon.
Ralphe Wiggins saved even more: “Bestbookbuys.com compares prices at about a dozen different sites. I recently bought a book that was priced at $107 at every site but Borders, where it was $69! Of the three technical books that I bought, there was a different best-price site for each.”
Tom Mathies: “As a guy interested in saving a buck and as a computer science professor, I like to follow how online shopping is evolving. I agree that competition makes it difficult for an online store to earn a profit.”
If it’s books you’re after, Tom suggests http://www.acses.com. But forget books. Try deal-finder.com, flamingoworld.com, and http://www.albany.net/~tiacat/Refunding/Offer.html. All three list deals and coupon codes on a variety of items, the modern-day electronic equivalent of 40 cents off on a can of coffee. Only you need never leave your chair, and you typically save $5 or more.
Quote of the Day
Markets are very good at what they do, in part because they harness greed and envy (in fact, all of the Seven Deadly Sins except sloth) and turn them into positive virtues.~Rocky Mountain Institute newsletter
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