BEDA: April 18, 2010
Today, I fulfilled my Nerdfighter SLASH Book nerd-ness SLASH John Green fandom duties. I purchased Will Grayson Will Grayson at my local Books-A-Million. It came to a surprising $17.00 which I was happy about, considering the copy of Paper Towns I bought for a friend at a book signing last year ran me about $24.00.
There must have been a discount on the WGWG letters for using the same title twice.
I know a lot of people pre-ordered their copy of WGWG and some Nerdfighters are finding it pretty cheap on sites like Amazon but I didn't go that route for this book. Don't get me wrong, I love buying things online but there are few positives and just as many negatives to the whole ordeal.
Yes, when something is purchased online, it will be much cheaper than in the stores nearly all the time. Sites don't have to charge for on-site storage of the product and in a lot of cases, deals are offered for bulk or close-proximity items. Also, the internet offers you a wide selection of any sort of product. Odds are, someone is selling something that you want. Stores don't have near that much selection. As far as positives go, that's about it. Pricing and availability.
As for the positives of the bookstore, that list can go on for a while. First off, I love going into bookstores for the array of visible selection. You can go online to find something specific but you have to know what you're looking for whereas in a bookstore, you'll see thousands of options you probably wouldn't have thought of otherwise. Do I even have to go into how awesome it feels for a nerd to walk into a bookstore? #NoIDont #HashtaggingBlogs
Also, pricing is taken into consideration when you realize you don't have to pay shipping. In most cases, you'd pay about the same amount for a book online plus shipping as you would in the store.
Although this doesn't deal with books as it does other products or clothes, but it's nice to be able to hold what you're going to purchase before you trade your money for it. How many times have you or have you heard of someone buying something online, receiving it, and then being disappointed with it because something wasn't specified?
This isn't what I thought this was going to be.
It's blue instead of red...
This can only cut apples and not oranges...
She was supposed to be a RUSSIAN mail order bride...