Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Why I shop Amazon, but buy B&N

image Um, actually, it’s easy:  B&N wants my money; Amazon doesn’t.  B&N takes PayPal.  Amazon doesn’t.  And I don’t have a credit card at the moment.

imageSo there you go.  It’s not complicated, just a  little frustrating sometimes.

By the way, I do use Amazon.com all the time nevertheless.  I have been using Amazon for almost 15 years now (wow – that long???).  I have reviewed hundreds of books there (I think) and it keeps careful track of my preferences, so that it can make new suggestions every time I visit the site.

So what do I do with the suggestions, considering I can’t afford to buy (many) books?  Tab over to the Toronto Public Library catalogue, where I search for the book and put a hold on it. 

If the library doesn’t have a particular book (sometimes, they just haven’t ordered it YET), I add it to my Amazon.com wish list.  That way, a) it stays there to remind me so I can search every few weeks until it comes in, or b) even if I can’t read the book itself, Amazon keeps making recommendations of similar books, so chances are, I’ll find something similar to keep me entertained.

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Vast fun!  As is affixing clip art to various organizations copyrighted logos and service marks, by the way.