From: Robert Shiels <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: 22 February 2001 11:59

> I want to buy a book "Code" by Charles Petzold.
> streetsonline - not available
> whsmith 12.45 + 2.74 = 15.19 delivery 1-2 weeks
> 12.59 + 2.95 = 15.54 delivery 3-7 days
> pcbooks 13.99 + 3.50 = 17.49 next day delivery
> amazon 11.13 + 2.75 = 13.88 dispatched within 24 hours
> And the Amazon website has a good review of the book, and several comments
> by other people who have bought it, whereas the other sites have no
> at all. No one I've found matches Amazon's service and price for books, if
> the others want to compete online they are going to have to do much

Well no-one's saying you can't use the Amazon site to get reviews and info
about a book :)

> I boycotted Amazon for a while, and stopped being an Associate, but found
> was buying less books because they were too expensive and hard to get. So
> guess I'm back to them again now.

Since I gave up Amazon, I've found myself going into bookshops more.
Browsing in a bookshop is still _by far_ the best way to buy books.

And I end up buying more books. Because for each book that I got into the
shop looking for, I find another two that seem really interesting. Amazon's
"readers who bought this book..." feature really doesn't achieve the same



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