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The Amazon thing

I realise no, I hadn't ranted about Amazon previously, because others were doing it for me, such as erynn999 in her Amazon tag. Due to the confusion regarding my previous post, I direct you all there. Also, this blog at Writer's Weekly chronicles Amazon's descent into becoming the Mal*Wart of the Internet. They're becoming a monopoly and that is, in my view, distinctly un-American. They have been treating print-on-demand and small publishers like crap, and seeing as one of the authors affected is a good friend of mine, I choose to stand by her rather than save a few bucks on a book or DVD because who's getting screwed here?

I also have become increasingly nostalgic about my teenage years, when I had no credit card with which to shop the internet, and I went to a book store. So I will do that from now on, unless there is something I truly can't find localy, and then I will find places other than Amazon to purchase it at.

*gets off the soapbox for now*

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megsjedi
Jul. 7th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Oooooh, that. While I can sympathize with the plight of the small booksellers, I need Amazon. If I bought everything locally, I'd be fleeced down to bare skin. Naruto box sets are $50 or more at stores, $25 or so on Amazon.

Not to mention that I've aquired a passion for video games that in stores cost an exorbitant amount. From Amazon or Marketplace, it's cheap.

I can drop $100 or more at Borders and take a huge cut out of my monthly check, or I can save a lot by buying from Amazon.

Please don't hate me. :(
elven_wolf
Jul. 7th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
I don't hate you. I just think we as a society need to make a little better effort. I'd love to get Doctor Who on DVD. But what's more important? A tv show, or the livelihood of people who are such a vital part of society? I can still have what I want, but I don't need to have it NOW. I'll save up for it. Work harder. Better myself and all that.
megsjedi
Jul. 7th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
Well, getting Doctor Who from anywhere for a reasonable price is impossible... Even discounted, it's still more than I want to pay. I'm waiting for the price to go down.
elven_wolf
Jul. 7th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
Right, but my point is, some things are more important than instant gratification.
4youreyesonly
Jul. 7th, 2008 09:30 am (UTC)
You're right. Not that I order much from Amazon, but I'm going to stop right about now.

I'm hoping Barnes & Noble is still okay because otherwise I'm not sure where we'll find books. :)
elven_wolf
Jul. 7th, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)
I haven't heard anything evil from Barnes and Noble, so I'm keeping them on the list.
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