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Occupy Amazon!

18 Dec

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/08/bookstores-boycott-amazon_n_1137773.html?ref=fb&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009&src=sp&comm_ref=false

This here is an issue very near and dear to my heart. While working as a bookseller we had to deal with many people who would come in and make us research a title for them, and as soon as we got the information for them they’d tell us, “Oh I think I’ll just get it off Amazon.”

We even once had a child in the store who after getting a book recommendation from us, pulled out her kindle and bought it right then. She began to read her new title and was so enthralled with it, she managed to knock over a display of books, which threw many of our holiday picks to the floor. The girl failed to notice or help, and walked straight out the door.

All of this is fine, a bit irritating and just something to gripe about from time to time, we know we can’t compete price wise against Amazon, so we don’t try to. We’re not Amazon and don’t try to be them, and we know we can’t steal costumers from them, and that our businesses all in all don’t affect Amazon sales. So it seems rude of Amazon to try to steal business from the brick and mortars of the world.

I won’t go as far as to say “Boycott Amazon” I after all do have my Amazon account and I love the Amazon instant features for movies, all I can ask is if you go to a store, and decide to buy something while there, please buy it from that store.  Your local stores are always there and happy to help you find something, but they’re not libraries they still need to sell their merchandise. They don’t carry stock to be a physical browsing spot for amazon. I will say this if you do your shopping on amazon and are looking for say a good book, or the proper title of a book, you should go to a library and ask a librarian, they would be delighted to help you.

Edit:
I realize now when first writing this article I completely failed to mention the main reason that caused me to write it in the first place. I was reading an article from the Huffington Post  about boycotting and “occupying Amazon” which was centered around complaints about one of Amazon’s new promotions where if someone scans an item at a store and then buys it off Amazon that person will receive an additional five percent off the item purchased. This promotion has really set off the community of indie brick and mortar stores and at least one senator from Maine, Olympia Snowe. Outside of that promotion I really don’t have much of a problem with Amazon, they’re a serious competitor surely, but if someone isn’t willing to compete to be successful they should probably get out of the business.

 
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11 responses to “Occupy Amazon!

  1. Mrs. This One

    December 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Capitalism…

    -MTO

     
  2. vaguelypiratical

    December 19, 2011 at 12:39 am

    So good…

     
  3. Lora Maroney

    December 19, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Never mind the whole “Amazon vs. brick-and-mortar” thing, that’s just rude. You don’t walk into a store, ask for a recommendation, then say “Thanks, I’m going to your competitor now! :)” for pete’s sake.

     
    • bibliopirate

      December 19, 2011 at 3:04 am

      I couldn’t agree more. If someone is going to do that, at least have the decency to not rub it in our faces.

       
  4. Thomas Davis

    December 19, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Unfortunately the last book store in our area closed. I love the old bookstores with the books piled high and the aisles made narrow, but alas, in our very rural part of New Mexico Amazon or Barnes and Noble online is what is left. The problem is that I can’t seem to decide to buy anything on either usually. I need a book in my hand to understand what it means for some reason. In other places we’ve lived where there were more bookstores, and even here while we still had a Walden’s, one of the glories of my life was to go to the bookstore. But now?

     
    • bibliopirate

      December 19, 2011 at 3:43 am

      No more book stores! That is so sad, do you at least have a local library?

       
  5. Andrew Chapman

    December 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I agree with everything you wrote — except your statement, “So it seems rude of Amazon to try to steal business from the brick and mortars of the world.”

    This has nothing to do with Amazon and everything to do with thoughtless, selfish people. Amazon didn’t send them to your store to do this. They are the same people who drive past everyone lined up to get off the highway at a backed-up exit and then cut in at the last second like they don’t know what they’re doing.

    Unfortunately, many bookstores haven’t learned that they will never compete with Amazon on equal footing. The business model of the bookstore and the shifts in publishing are at odds with each other. Brick-and-mortar bookstores are expensive ways to put books in people’s hands.

    How can they compete? I think the *best* way a real-world bookstore can compete is to specialize in a genre. With all the books being published on so many topics, it may now be possible for a bookstore to carve out a niche — say, only business books, or humor books, or self-help books — and then hire people who are super passionate and knowledgeable about that category.

    I have been in a lot of bookstores around the country and haven’t seen this. Of course, I haven’t been in every bookstore — so I can’t say this doesn’t exist. But I haven’t heard of it.

     
    • bibliopirate

      December 19, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      This was a failing in mine when writing this post, I included a link to a Huffington Post article about boycotting and “occupying Amazon” which was centered around complaints about one of Amazon’s new promotions where if someone scans an item at a store and then buys it off Amazon that person will receive an additional five percent off the item purchased. This promotion has really set off the community of indie brick and mortar stores, and at least one senator from Maine, Olympia Snowe. So in that regard Amazon does share some of the blame.
      Outside of that promotion I really don’t have much of a problem with Amazon, they’re a competitor surely, but if someone isn’t willing to compete to be successful they should probably get out of the business.

       
  6. Asia Morela

    December 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I don’t really like Amazon as a concept, and I wish I didn’t have to buy from them. But they *do* have much more stock than any library I’ve ever stepped in… 90% of the time when I get out of a library, I feel furious and like I’ve just wasted my time, because the shelves are so *empty*!! They don’t even have the classics! What *do* they have? I don’t know. I don’t buy books from libraries, because there are no books there to buy. I’ve been in two different libraries today and neither had any of the ten, the dozen possible books I was ready to buy if I had found one… any one. (I am Christmas shopping and feeling very desperate right now.) I came home empty-handed, feeling disappointed, defeated and depressed, and grudgingly thinking about Amazon. So… that’s it as far as I’m concerned. I wish there was some decent competition to Amazon out there, and I’m not even thinking in terms of prices.

     
  7. Susan A.

    December 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I’ll admit that Amazon receives a large chunk of my money each month because I read so much. There are two cases where I will use a brick and mortar store, though. One is for reference books I don’t want to read on a Kindle or my iPad. Two is if there is a big sale.

    I don’t get all my ebooks through Kindle either though. There is one thing Amazon fails at and that is to release their ebooks as early as everyone else. I’m one of those crazy people that will load a book from my favorite authors as soon as they are released. Based on me being in Central time zone, I can’t get the book on Kindle until 2am, but can get it through Barnes and Noble Nook or iBooks at 11pm. So they get my business instead for those cases.

    It is sad to see so many stores suffer from Amazon’s big cut in the book trade. I do feel bad, but much like other people, it is their convenience and the low prices that draws me.

     
  8. Cherry Davis

    December 24, 2011 at 5:07 am

    ehh I’m not a amazon person since I like to look at the books and hang at bookstores but since I have a Nook Color am probably not the right person to voice an opinion! 😉

     

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