Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Not To Get All Political, But...

I think I'm going to boycott Amazon. I kind of already have been. Especially when it comes to books. Since the Macmillan thing went down, I've only bought a dual-flush system which I could not find in any local store (A true, funny story: Me trying to explain to Lowe's and Home Depot employees that I was looking for the toilet attachment that lets you use less water to flush a #1 and more water to flush a #2.), a DVD that I couldn't find in any local store, and one used book that wasn't really through Amazon but through an independent seller so possibly doesn't even count.

Here's why I'm not buying books from Amazon:
Macmillan, a book publisher, asked for an e-Book price increase because Amazon was selling them for so little that the publishers were losing money. And if anyone is going to get rich in America, I pick the authors and their publishers, editors, agents, etc. But Amazon didn't want to raise the price of their e-Books so they just dropped all Macmillan books from their website immediately, which is pretty douche-y.

You can read more about the Macmillan mess here, because it's much more complex than what I just said. And I had kind of forgotten about how much I was inching toward the Amazon Hate Train until I read this recently. (Thanks Caitlin!) There are many of us on the Train.

Also, Amazon just isn't good for bookstores and I love love love bookstores. You know how Audrey feels about Tiffany's in Breakfast at Tiffany's? That's how I feel about bookstores (and Tiffany's too).
Holly: I don't want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together. I'm not sure where that is but I know what it is like. It's like Tiffany's. 
Paul: Tiffany's? You mean the jewelry store. 
Holly: That's right. I'm just CRAZY about Tiffany's!   
So now you know why I'm not shopping at Amazon much in the future, in case you want to jump on the Hate Train too. If you sign up for Borders e-mails you get great coupons about once a week, so it hasn't been a hard transition. Also, I'm still offended by this, which popped up during my last Amazon purchase. For reals.
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Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

Just something to consider about the Macmillan/Amazon situation, Macmillan was trying to get Amazon (and all other retailers) to agree to price fixing. Basically, no one would be able to ever have a sale price under the price Macmillan set, nor could any of Macmillan's be included in special offers or discounts. Macmillan threatens to walk out or sue and Amazon called their bluff and pulled their items.

Katie said...

Thanks for sharing the other side of the story! I wasn't familiar with all that.

Jamie said...

I'm so far behind in reading which explains this comment being quite selfish and late.

I love Amazon so much that I tend to close my ears to all the young children they probably have locked in their wishlist basement whittling book covers.

Katie said...

Jamie – Another excellent point!