Sunday, April 18, 2010

Buying Will Grayson Will Grayson

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...


  1. I really need to go buy that book. It'll give me something to read after I finish Cell by Stephen King (amazing book so far, by the way, if you haven't read it yet :D)

    I agree with buying a book from the store though. Somehow it feels more 'authentic' to pick it off the shelf, read a few pages, and buy it, rather than reading the synopsis online and googling the book title until you find a good deal...

    I've definitely been disappointed when buying online though. Just a couple of weeks ago, I bought a Doctor Who shirt online, and it ended up being two sizes too big, while a shirt from the same site and the same size was a size too small.

    Anyway, I'll probably go and pick that book up this coming weekend.

    P.S. I totally tried to click on your hash tag... I felt like a complete nerd...

    *Song gets stuck in head "Wake up in the mornin' and I check my Twitter"*

  2. i hate it when my brides are from the wrong country...