Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Mixed Feelings About Amazon

I just snatched up a deal from Living Social -- I paid $10 for a $20 Amazon gift card -- and then posted about it on Facebook in hopes that people would use my link and I would get credit for it. (If you're interested in the deal, here's the link.)

And then I started to think, hmmm, now everyone knows I am an Amazon shopper.

What's the big deal? Well, as a librarian and lover of literature, it's pretty much expected that I will be a supporter of independent bookstores. They're better for the community and better for the publishing industry at large.

But they're not better for my pocketbook. (Although do we ever use the word "pocketbook" in any context other than that phrase? I don't think I've ever said, "Oh, wait, let me grab my pocketbook." Huh.)

To be fair, I probably buy more other stuff on Amazon than books. With (free) Amazon Mom, I've been getting free two-day shipping for months now, and that's just downright tempting when I am in need of gifts, baby gear, a DVD, even, several months ago, a new GPS. The fact is, Amazon usually has the best price. And, in case you haven't noticed, I'm cheap and always looking for the best deal. And when I don't shop for books at Amazon, I usually use a coupon at Borders. I figure, at least they're a Michigan company.

Okay, now I'm just feeling guilty. Do you shop at Amazon?


  1. wilson, more than me, is a big amazon customer. i recently graduated from just buying books and movies to buying diapers and wipes from amazon. since you don't use disposables, this may not be useful information to you but amazon mom (something you sign up for) has great deals on these items. with elisabeth being my third, its just so nice to have the wipes and diapers delivered to my door and with all the discounts, its just as cheap as Costo.

  2. Mary, I love Amazon Mom, too! The free two-day shipping is the best. :o) I confess I've bought diapers from them a couple of times -- we use disposables when we are going to be away from home for long periods of time. Just signed up the other day for Subscribe & Save for baby food and chicken broth, too!